Back in 2017, the fans of Spider-Man were eventually invited to watch Adrian Toomes ‘ first-ever live-action on the big screen, played by Michaels Keaton in Jon Watts ‘ Spider-Man: Homecoming. But, as many of those same fans know, in what Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 would have been, we almost had a different interpretation of the same character years ago.
Before being scrapped by Sony, the unmade blockbuster developed, including hiring an actor to play the leading villain: John Malkovich. Sadly, this is an interpretation of the buffalo that we will never see, but recently Sam Raimi explained why he was ten years ago so high on the idea.
Although promoting the potential release of Nicolas Pesce’s The Grudge, Sam Raimi went to Reddit on Friday for the Ask Me Anything chat, and one forum user used the time to ask a straightforward, no-frills question of Spider-Man 4: “Why John Malkovich as the Vulture?”
“Because he’s such a mighty director. I might be afraid of him and worry about Peter Parker. And it’s just the casting craft. It’s basically down to this: I think he might be that man.”
In Hollywood, Casting is an art form of its own, especially when it comes to finding the right actor to play a character with an established reputation in pop culture. Still, it is not necessarily a tough task, in this case, to believe that John Malkovich works wonderfully with Vulture. He would probably have looked similar to the comics because of only his shaved head, but more importantly, Malkovich is a well-known actor for his strength.
Michael Keaton is no bum when it comes to striking fear, as shown beautifully in the scene in which Adrian Toomes challenges Peter Parker after driving his teenager and daughter to the Spider-Man Dance: Homecoming. Still, John Malkovich has “repetitive finger pokers in his chest when his voice gets stronger” strength. He reaches a kind of anxiety where you hesitate to look away because you know he might lose it seriously.
As Sam Raimi said, John Malkovich’s Adrian Toomes could believe that he was intimidating Peter Parker from Tobey Maguire even away from his technology and wingsuit, and this made him an excellent decision for the role.
This isn’t a dream that finally came together. About ten years ago, on 10 January 2010, John Malkovich announced that he was joining the Spider-Man 4 cast. And then, Sony canceled the movie officially one day later and began to work on what would become The Amazing Spider-Man by Marc Webb.