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SPIDER-MAN 4 to have one villain? Will it be The Lizard?

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
October 27th, 2009

Lizard VS Spidey

Just to preface, this one is hot off the conveyor belt, straight from the rumor mill. The rumor being that, according to an unnamed, yet "strong source" via the 3-D motion picture blog MarketSaw, SPIDER-MAN 4 will feature only one, singular villain. And who may that foe be? Why, it is none other than man-turned-reptilian-villain The Lizard.

Of course, this would come as no surprise if it were to be true. The Lizard has long been rumored to be the enemy Spidey will face in this fourth go-round. Dylan Baker has appeared in the last two films as Dr. Curt Connors, the Hyde to The Lizard's Jekyll, so the character is already in place. To add to that, Baker himself just confirmed his involvement in the fourth film, yet left out how little or much this involvement was to be.

The news that is the most interesting here is the talk of one villain. It does make complete and logical sense. Out of the many criticisms SPIDER-MAN 3 faced, the overabundance of villains and their criss-crossing story lines was the top complaint from critics and fans alike. Sam Raimi himself even recently admitted to this as a flaw of the 3, saying "I think having so many villains detracted from the experience. I would agree with the criticism…I think I’ve learned about the importance of getting to the point and the importance of having limitations, and I’m hoping to take that into a production where I’m actually allowed to explore with more of the tools to pull it off with a little more splendor.”

So, with that said, there could be a validity to this news after all. At least the part about Raimi focusing on one villain, which I wholeheartedly agree with. Seeing Spidey face off against one enemy allows for more of a defined struggle, both between the two, as well as a more focused and progressive inner battle for Peter Parker himself. The opposite, of course, being the gang bang of baddies we got in 3, which felt like some one ripped pages out of various issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, slapped them together with some Elmers, and called it a script.

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