‘Spider-man 4’ Weaves a Tangled Web with Less-than-Perfect Scripts and Casting

Spider-man and the Black Cat kiss as Mary Jane Watson looks on. The love triangle is a possible plot point for "Spider-man 4." Photo: Screenrant.com

Once upon a time I loved cartoons. I’d kiss the ground Cartoon Network walked on — if a TV channel could walk.

One of the shows I watched was “Spider-man.” I wasn’t intrigued by the Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson storyline, so much as the relationship between Parker and third wheel, Felicia Hardy.

If Hardy, as the animated character, was vivacious and magnetic to watch, you can imagine how that would translate to the big screen.

I was even more excited to find out that one of my favorite actresses, Rachel McAdams, is up for the role.

Hardy was a vixen who spelled trouble for Parker and Watson’s love affair. She also led a double life as the Black Cat. This made her a complex character as she would sashay between good and evil.

McAdams has proven herself a talented actress time and time again. She can obviously play the villain, as in “Mean Girls.” On the other hand, she was convincing as the heroine in “Red Eye.” And if any role was her forte, it would be the romantic interest (i.e. “The Notebook” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife”).

Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in "The Notebook." Photo: All Movie Photo

Hollywood was blind to that for a moment when they cast Anne Hathaway (“Rachel Getting Married”) in the role instead. Thankfully, they may regain their senses and drop Hathaway albeit for monetary reasons.

Even though “Spider-man 3” wasn’t up to par with the rest of the franchise, it looks like director Sam Raimi is learning from his mistakes. Raimi has reportedly ordered a fourth revamp of the script. As a result, however, the film’s release date has been delayed. “Spider-man 4” was slated to hit theaters in May 2011.

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