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Electro in SPIDER-MAN 4?

PLUS: IRON MAN 2, TRANSFORMERS and More!

By Rob M. Worley     June 09, 2009
Source: Various


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives May 2nd, 2014.
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The latest round of 'Spider-Man 4' villain speculation. PLUS: Rourke talks 'Iron Man 2'. 'Transformers' on the Tokyo red carpet. 'Too Cool' gets movie deal. Shake well before using, it's you Comics2Film 9.6.9!

 

 

 

TOO COOL optioned by SYNECDOCHE Producer

MTV Splash Page reports that the Top Shelf Comix title 'Too Cool to be Forgotten' by Alex Robinson has been optioned for the big screen.

'Synecdoche, New York' producer Anthony Bregman has apparently picked up the rights a few months back.

The book is a sort of "Peggy Sue Quits Smoking" as a man who undergoes hypnosis in order to kick the habit finds himself transported back to high school in the 1980s.

 

 

 

TRANSFORMER Rawk!

Be sure to give a listen to 'Transformers The Fallen Remix' by Cheap Trick, elsewhere on Mania.com

 

 

 

Actress Megan Fox blows a kiss as she poses for photographs upon her arrival for the 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' World Premiere at Roppongi Hills on June 8, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The film will open in Japan on June 19. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Gett

TRANSFORMERS Tokyo Premiere

The cast and crew of 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' hit Tokyo on Monday to enjoy a red carpet premiere for the movie. Michael Bay, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Isabel Lucas and Ramon Rodriguez were on hand, as was a scale replica of Bumblebee.

We've got photos! Click on Megan at right for a look!

 

 

Rourke talks IRON MAN 2

A recent interview with Mickey Rourke by The Guardian paper reveals a bit about his 'Iron Man 2' role. The character is named Ivan and Rourke aims to make the Russian nemesis as authentic as possible.

"I decided to do half my role in Russian," Rourke told The Guardian, "and that's hard because the Russian language doesn't roll off the English-speaking tongue very easily. I spent three hours a day with a teacher, and after two weeks I know four sentences! Let me see, it's sort of like... 'Yezzamee menya... Yezzamee manya obott... Er, nemaboootty menya...'"

Rourke provides a translation for he above phonetic mess, "It means, If someone kills me, don't wake me up, because I'd rather be dead than live in your world."

Rourke also closed the door on speculation that he might somehow end up as a villain in the next 'Spider-Man' movie. "I'm not big on formula movies. I don't like all that Spider-Man shit."

So who might the 'Spider-Man 4' villain be? ...

 

 

TRANSFORMERS Tokyo Premiere - Part 2

If the photos weren't enough for you, here's some video of the 'Transformers' pandemonium in Tokyo yesterday:

 

 

SPIDER-MAN 4 Villain Talk

The New York Post chatted up producer Todd Black, who's out doing the press rounds for 'Pelham 1 2 3'. He's also a producer on 'Spider-Man 4'.

They did manage to get a few details on the super-secret project. Black told the Post that Kirsten Dunst is definitely set to return as Mary Jane. However, Black has thankfully heard nothing of a potential wedding happening in this movie. The producer also gave a definitive thumbs-down to rumors that Morbius, the living vampire would appear in the film.

Black did say this about the story's villain, who will definitely be drawn from the classic rogues gallery: "We're just coming up with who the villain's going to be now. We'll be shooting in New York again. Trust me, people will appreciate who we pick, because it'll be a big part of New York."

Let the speculation begin!

"It'll be a big part of New York," you say? This has every website jumping on the Kingpin bandwagon, given that he practically runs the town. However, in the past having the Kingpin tied to the 'Daredevil' franchise (which was and still is at 20th Century Fox) seems to preclude the character from appearing in a Sony/Marvel venture. Unless, of course, Marvel has done some horse-trading, granting Deadpool to Fox to free Kingpin for Spider-Man. That seems a bit far-fetched though.

So who else is New York centric? Many of the Spider-Man villains are based there.

I'm going with Electro as a wild guess. He's not tied to the city in any specific way, but I'm old enough to remember the black out of 1977. An electricity powered villain could plunge the city into darkness and cause all kinds of chaos. So that's my pick.

The Vulture is a also a classic villain that's been under-utilized. I can picture many a cool set piece of ariel chases and dog fights through the canyons of the city. Of course, that could happen with many flying villains as well.

And, at the end of the day, can we even trust Black's cryptic remark to be any indicator? Or is it just a red herring?

What do you think, Maniacs? Let's hear your picks? Electro, Vulture, Kingpin? How about Vermin? And if it is Kingpin should Michael Clark Duncan return? Post your comments below...

 

 

And lets not forget everyone's favorite feature...

Jon Favreau Tweets about IRON MAN  2

As mentioned yesterday, some 'Iron Man 2' photography is coming, as foretold on the twittersphere...

# Shot some Mickey Rourke action today. Big scene. 7pm June 8

# Hope to have an image to release soon. Stay tuned for info. 7pm June 8

 

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ponyboy76 6/9/2009 8:10:36 AM

See, I don`t know about Electro. I mean maybe back in the days he was a big time viilain but for the most part he's really  a 3rd tier bad guy who resorts to petty theft. I'd want someone epic. You need a villain who will actually give Spidey a run for his money, not just a workout. In the interview I read in Empire Raimi says that they pretty much write the story first then figure out who the best villain would be to fit with the circumstances of the story instead of picking the villain and then writing a story around it.  I guess that makes sense since its more about Spidey then the villain, but I want someone good. I still think someone like Kraven the Hunter would kick ass.

tymer2009 6/9/2009 8:12:13 AM

Electro would definitely be a nice touch. Kingpin's been done already but could be a good look if he's a behind the scenes type villian and no offense to Michael Clarke Duncan but he's not the answer.

Wiseguy 6/9/2009 8:19:05 AM

Too Cool sounds like a totally brand new idea, can't wait :->

I have to agree with your pick, going by what the piece says. I had hopes for the Lizard and Kraven but neither has any particular association with NY, fictional or non. Though they can probably use Shocker in a similar manner even though one was transformed and the other uses gauntlets.

It's cool that Rourke speaks his mind, but he should know by now not to burn any bridges. That unemployment line is pretty long.

 

ddiaz28 6/9/2009 8:32:07 AM

Lizard could be a possiblity if you think about the myth of crocodiles in the NYC sewers.  The rumors could be based on a big "lizard" in the sewers instead.  But he doesn't seem like a big enough villain either. 

hanso 6/9/2009 8:32:14 AM

James Cameron wanted Electro as his villain for Spider-Man. 

xenomorph 6/9/2009 8:40:57 AM

Kraven the Hunter is still my top pick. Rhino could be a runner up. I still want to see Scorpion.

SgtTechCom 6/9/2009 9:18:25 AM

Carnage - give spidey a run even beat the hell out of him. I don't care for these lower tier villians . As far as im concerned Green Goblin - Venom - Carnage where the main villians. I wanna see some good brawling.

Perhaps HobGoblin would be a nice touch. Introduce Roberick Kingsley who actually is Mary Jane's boss in the comics.

Hobbs 6/9/2009 10:19:07 AM

I was thinking the same thing Pony, I think Electro would have worked for the first movie the way Cameron had wanted but now that we've established Spiderman through 3 movies I don' t know if that's the way to go.

I like the Lizard and Doc Conners had a cameo in the first ones and there is an interesting story line about disabled people.  I also like Kraven the Hunter hunting down Spiderman as a sport...in fact there was a really good string of Spiderman comic back in the day "Soul Of The Hunter" that was a really good story but I think that was a little too deep for a spiderman audience.  I think Kraven blew his own head off at the end of that, didn't he?  Don't remember haven't read it since it came out years ago.

SgtTech....I think Hobgoblin should have been the last one instead of the Green Goblin 2 on his teen bopper skateboard.  I think Raimi listened to too many fans for the last one...Venom never should have been one of the main villians...he works for comics but too stupid for big screen.

RaithManan 6/9/2009 10:30:31 AM

Hanso and Hobbs, my favorite pals.....sorry I haven't been on lately due to technical issues that Mania FINALLY addressed after 9 weeks.  SLOW ASSES!!  Nonetheless, Electro as a potential Spidey villian could work if the character is done right.  And yes Hobbs, Kraven committed suicide at the end which was a comic shocker.  I think it may be time to bring The Lizard to the forefront since Connors has been in 3 movies and yet to have a significant impact.

ponyboy76 6/9/2009 10:52:16 AM

Just keep Carnage as far away as possible. He was cool in the comics because he was a psychopathic killer which made Venom look like a saint. But the way they screwed up Venom in the last movie and  anything with Carnage would be pretty corny. I mean he wouldn't be able to kill people at least on screen and these Spidey flicks are really more general audience friendly.
 I suppose Mysterio would be cool. And if they were ever to have more than one or two villains then I would love a Sinister Six, obviously it would be without Sandman and Doc Ock, but they could replace them. Scorpion , Shocker, Electro, Lizard, Vulture and Mysterio as the leader.

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