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4 Must Have SPIDER-MAN 4 Villains and Who Should Play Them

4 for 4 Picks for Spider-Man’s Next Nemesis

By Chad Derdowski     July 16, 2009
Source: Mania

Another Spider-Man film looms on the horizon. Principal players like director Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst have already signed on, but the question on every fan’s mind is “Who’s Spidey gonna fight?” A hero is only as good as his villain and after the lackluster performance of Spider-Man 3, the bad guy in the next film has to be able to knock it out of the park. With a nearly 50-year history behind him, there’s no shortage of Spider-baddies to choose from. We’ve narrowed the list down to the top four and cast them as well.



It’s no secret that Sam Raimi favors the old school Spider-Man villains and Mysterio dates all the way back to Amazing Spider-Man #13, so he’d be a perfect choice. Realizing that a career in special effects was a dead-end job, Quentin Beck decided to use his expertise in illusion as a super-villain. He’s a master hypnotist and illusionist armed with holographic projectors and hallucinogenic gas.

Why It Would Work- With all the advances in CGI over the past few years, the idea of a down-on-his-luck practical special effects artist turning to a life of crime is a timely one. Can you imagine Tom Savini turning super villain? And those same advances would make Mysterio an excellent villain to see on the big screen. Super-trippy mind altering effects, illusions and holograms would make for some amazing fight scenes. But they’d probably have to lose the big fishbowl head.

Who Should Play Him- Bruce Campbell, of course. He’s got a horde of dedicated fans who have been clamoring to see him get a meaty role like this. He’s also got a history as a B-movie actor that could be inserted into the characters backstory, giving the movie a bit of a self-referential edge to it. And to top it all off, Campbell has already had cameos in the other three Spidey films. Perhaps all three roles were actually Mysterio all along?


The Vulture

Speaking of old school villains, it doesn’t get any more old school than The Vulture. When this elderly electronics engineer discovered his business partner was embezzling funds and he had no legal recourse, Adrian Toombs used the flying harness he created and embarked on a crime spree to ensure that he’d have a healthy nest egg to retire with.

Why It Would Work- Much like the Green Goblin before him, the visual appeal of Spidey fighting a flying villain can’t be denied. It also works from a story perspective: Peter Parker has a genius intellect but is perpetually broke. Perhaps Adrian Toombs could be used as something of a cautionary tale? This could be you in 50 years, Parker! It would also give the villain a sympathetic side.

Who Should Play Him- Ben Kingsley. For one thing, the man is an amazing actor – one of the few to have won Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards during his career. He would bring a lot of clout to the role as well as an air of dignity, which is exactly what The Vulture needs. And for another thing, he’s older than dirt but still looks like he could kick some butt, another necessity for The Vulture.

 Ben Kingsley as The Vulture


The Lizard

After losing his arm in an overseas conflict, Dr. Curt Connors became obsessed with the regenerative abilities of reptiles. He developed an experimental serum using lizard DNA and, as so many comic book characters do, tested it on himself. The serum made his arm grow back, but it also turned him into a mindless, rampaging six-foot lizard.

Why It Would Work- Raimi has been teasing the Lizard since the very first film when Connors was mentioned as Peter Parker’s lab supervisor who fired him for being late. He appeared in Spider-Man 2 and 3, and was depicted as missing his right arm and shown to have an interest in lizards.

Sam Raimi seems to like using villains that present sort of a darkened mirror-image of our hero. Where Peter Parker is portrayed as a selfish bookworm who had great power and responsibility thrust upon him, Curt Connors could be the man who turns to science to help him only to be seduced by its dark side. Sort of like a cross between Dr. Octopus in the second film and the Incredible Hulk.

Who Should Play Him- While the Lizard would likely be a computer-generated character, Dylan Baker has played Dr. Curt Connors in the second and third installment of the franchise and it would be a shame to recast for the next one. Baker might not pack the star powered punch of someone like Thomas Haden Church but the beauty of the Lizard is that he can play second fiddle to a bigger and more powerful villain.

Perhaps a one-two punch is in order featuring the Lizard and our next pick?

 Dylan Baker as The Lizard


Kraven the Hunter

The greatest big-game hunter in the world, Sergei Kravinoff grew tired of capturing and killing rhinos and lions and decided to hunt the biggest game in the world: Spider-Man!

Why It Would Work- Let’s say that Kraven doesn’t come to New York to hunt Spider-Man but instead comes to hunt The Lizard, who has recently been seen tearing through the city, lurking in the sewers and just being a general menace. Naturally, Spider-Man gets in his way because Spidey is friends with the Lizard’s alter-ego Curt Connors. This infuriates Kraven, who decides to focus his anger on the wallcrawler.

Who Should Play Him- Our vote goes to Gerard Butler. For one thing, he looks an awful lot like Kraven and for another: he’s sufficiently badass enough to portray a man who wears leopardskin pants and a lion’s mane around his neck while parading around on New York City rooftops. Kraven shuns the use of weaponry and prefers to take down wild animals with his bare hands. After seeing Gerard Butler play Leonidas in 300, we’re pretty sure he could do the same.

Gerard Butler as Kraven, The Hunter



Alright Raimi – you’ve got the information. Now use it! Spider-Man 3 was a brutal disappointment but we’re willing to place the blame on studio interference. Your point has been proven and this is your opportunity to give fans the Spider-Man 4 we’ve been waiting for. We’ve done all the hard work choosing villains and casting them: all you’ve got to do is deliver the goods.


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kingofmovies 7/16/2009 12:44:44 AM

wow....I really Liked all those picks that mania chose.......especially gerard butler as kraven...he would be so perfect.......I think mysterio would be the more action bound villian that would reqiure long fighting scenes and I think he would be a better marketing tool....

kwsupes 7/16/2009 4:24:38 AM

All of the actors for the villains seem spot on to me. Chad I like your way of bringing Kraven into the mix with the Lizard that would work and be plausible. For the longest time I didn't know how you could get Kraven in the story without it being gay, but that would work. Him or Mysterio as the lead would work for me, but not Vulture, he's just lame. If the Vulture is the lead villain in the next film they might as go ahead and stick a fork in the franchise. I do like your casting choice for him, I just don't think he would be that great of a villian on screen.

Darkknight2280 7/16/2009 4:29:46 AM

BRUCE CAMPBELL as Mysterio! I love that angle you put on it Chad!! Very nice. In my opinion that would be the best i dea. Would be great if he threw in some Evil dead/army of darkness quotes..lol Bruce RULES!! DO IT RAIMI DO IT!!

stupidmania 7/16/2009 5:54:07 AM

great picks, i finally agree with something on here.

jdnobody 7/16/2009 5:55:12 AM

You missed your calling, Chad.  Nicely laid out and great casting.  I never really concidered The Vulture or Mysterio as usable villians, but I have now changed my tune.  Sure, I'm still not down with the Vulture character, but if they had to do it, Ben  Kingsley would be spot on...plus, as we've seen in the past, he's good actor that will be in any movie you throw his way...(I'm looking at you BloodRayne and Love Guru).

Great article.

AntoBlueberry 7/16/2009 5:56:58 AM

Fun, even if Campbell had been rumored as Mysterio years ago, Kingley was Raimi's n°1 choice for the Vulture when the character was supposed to be in S-M 3 and well, Baker is Connors.  So nothing really original here.

Garu29 7/16/2009 5:59:54 AM

 I would have the Scorpian as the next villain with Bruce Willis playing Mac Gargan!

This is great because it would give us more of J. Jonah Jameson as well!

And I would suggest they film two movies back to back with 3 villains and have them not work together as much as over lap with the second bad guy creating a cliff hanger at the end of the first of these two films.



wessmith1966 7/16/2009 6:18:23 AM

Your casting is spot on. Here's what I'd like to see in Spider-Man 4...Dr. Conners, through experimentation to regrow his arm, becomes the Lizard and terrorizes the city. To boost newspaper sales and the Bugle's image, J.J. hires the world's most renowned hunter, Kraven, to track down and capture the beast. In the meantime, Peter finds out that Conners is the Lizard and begins a hunt of his own. Gwen Stacey, who has become something of a celebrity in the city, is now a local TV reporter and assigned the Kraven hunt story. Spider-Man and Kraven find the Lizard at the same time and a three-way battle ensues with Peter trying to stop the Lizard from doing any more damage and Kraven from killing the Lizard. Gwen and her camera crew arrive on scene to cover the story. During the battle, Peter saves the Lizard, who changes back into Dr. Conners, and embarrasses the proud and egotistical Kraven on TV. Kraven becomes obsessed with Spider-Man and slowly goes off the deep end. Seeing dollar signs at the possibility Spiderman's unmasking, J.J. hires Kraven again, this time to capture Spider-Man. Kraven is armed with a battle suit to amp up his already formidable physical abilites, giving him the power to go toe-to-toe with Spider-Man. During this time, Gwen and Peter run into each other a lot covering the same stories and get close, causing a rift between Peter and Mary Jane. There's also jealousy on MJ's part, because as her star seems to be setting, Gwen's is rising. Kraven eventually discovers Peter is Spider-Man and uses Gwen as bait to lure Peter into a trap. During the battle between the two, Gwen falls. Peter tries to save her and...snap...broken neck and Gwen dies. Peter brings down Kraven, almost killing him, when Mary Jane shows up to save Peter's soul and Kraven's life by talking Peter down. "Peter, remember Uncle Ben! With great power..." A tired and guilt-ridden Peter drops Kraven to the ground and walks over to Mary Jane's waiting arms "Comes great responsibility." This story gives plenty of character involvement as well as action, a combination Raimi likes and continues the storylines from the other movies. Plus, it gives the toy company new action figures to market (Kraven, battle suit Kraven, Lizard, etc...). Anyway, that's my two cents.

cem1973 7/16/2009 6:35:19 AM

I, too, agree with all the picks that Mania came up with for villians and the casting choices would be superb. I thought Kraven in the villian lineup was going to be a bit rough for lack of a better word given Kraven's suicidal end in the comic books but I'm sure that Raimi will find a way to make that character work in the movies. With that being said, I still strongly agree with the picks for villians in SM4 and will definately go to see the movie.

hanso 7/16/2009 6:58:45 AM

Your casting is awesome!  2 bad we've seen it before in the comments.

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