Rachel McAdams as the Black Cat in Spidey 4?

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Hey, I’ve heard of worst rumors than the lovely Rachel McAdams in a Spidey movie. Then again, I kinda wish they hadn’t gotten rid of Dallas Bryce Howard’s Gwen Stacy (one of the brighter light in the much-maligned “Spider-Man 3″, if you ask me), but what are you gonna do, right? Citing “reliable sources”, Mania says that McAdams (soon to be seen in “Sherlock Holmes”) has “met with producers” to play Felicia Hardy, aka The Black Cat in Sam Raimi’s continuation of the franchise.

In the comics, the curvaceous The Black Cat was a burglar named Felicia Hardy who crossed Spider-Man, ended up becoming smitten with him, eventually reforming, and now works part-time as a crimefighter. Her character was never really a big part of Spidey’s Rogues Gallery, and from the start she was always more of a Catwoman character to his Batman. The two even shacked up for a time, with Spidey revealing his secret identity to her.

Besides the potential of McAdams as the Black Cat (and potential spin-off, perhaps?), word is that the producers are also casting an additional male villain, which would give Spidey one true villain (the male) and one kinda-villain in the Black Cat. That is, if this story proves real.

Now while the idea of McAdams as the Black Cat sounds intriguing (and sure, like any warm-blooded American male I’d love to see her in that skin-tight black cat suit), I just don’t see it happening. McAdams has never struck me as a particularly physical actress, and to prepare for the role she would have to become a pretty hardcore gym rat. Like I said, it’s entirely possible (after all, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow? Who would have thunk that), but I ain’t holding my breath.

Rachel McAdams as the Black Cat? Only in my dreams.

Rachel McAdams as the Black Cat? Only in my dreams.

Author: Nix

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  • vamp

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      YEah I hear ya. Cute? yes. Black Cat, Not so much. Ali Larter, now there’s a Felicia Hardy/Black Cat. She should be a knockout. But that woudln’t happen either.

  • vamp

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dedpool

      YEah I hear ya. Cute? yes. Black Cat, Not so much. Ali Larter, now there’s a Felicia Hardy/Black Cat. She should be a knockout. But that woudln’t happen either.

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    That woman from Spidermna 3 does fit Felicia hardy:/

    Well villain will be Lizardman, and side villain helper will be blackcat:)

    Hey man, any news on Blade?:(
    That movie is too sick, Blade on Blu-Ray is only out in US:/

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Bryce Dallas Howard? She plaid Gwen Stacy. Felicia Hardy wasn’t in Spiderman 3. And dude…it’s the Lizard, man! LOL Black Cat is basically the Catwoman of the Spiderman/Marvel U. SHe’s a theif. She’s not going to be helping The Lizard, more likely helping SPidey defeat the Lizard and then disappear so she doesnt get arrested.

      Blade is probably on hiatus til they know what they want to do, reboot, continuation whatever. I still think whatever they do it should be Michael Jai White playing him.

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    That woman from Spidermna 3 does fit Felicia hardy:/

    Well villain will be Lizardman, and side villain helper will be blackcat:)

    Hey man, any news on Blade?:(
    That movie is too sick, Blade on Blu-Ray is only out in US:/

    • Dedpool

      Bryce Dallas Howard? She plaid Gwen Stacy. Felicia Hardy wasn’t in Spiderman 3. And dude…it’s the Lizard, man! LOL Black Cat is basically the Catwoman of the Spiderman/Marvel U. SHe’s a theif. She’s not going to be helping The Lizard, more likely helping SPidey defeat the Lizard and then disappear so she doesnt get arrested.

      Blade is probably on hiatus til they know what they want to do, reboot, continuation whatever. I still think whatever they do it should be Michael Jai White playing him.

  • Meta

    The physicality of the actor is not really an issue when the majority of action sequences are going to be filmed with CGI or real life body doubles anyways, just like they did with all previous characters in the Spiderman movies. I think it’s a good cast.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Yeah I understand what you’re saying about the body doubles and cgi, but you know what, that’s not always the case. Alot of actors and actresses are doing their own stunts because it add another layer of relaism when we can see the persons face. ScarJo is doing many of her stunts for Black Widow in “Iron Man 2″ so why not have McAdams go through extra training so she can too. That’s the only thing I see holding her back a playing the part. I have to beleive she could do those things whether or not it’s actually her. Have her doing some gymnastics in a scene to show off how flexible and agile she is or something. As for the casting of the previous movies, they’ve gotten most of it right. I still don’t like Dunst as MJ (too whiny, not cute enough. MJ is a BOMBSHELL) and I’m no longer liking Maguire as Peter/Spidey. He’s just too doe-eyed for me, plus (and I know this is a script part) he doesn’t pull off the cockiness and flipant personality well. His Peter is just a whoa is me cliche and I think they need to move passed that.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Dude, she’s still gonna have to run and fight and jump, and you can’t CGI-fake your way through that. Raimi in particular is a perfectionist, he’ll make her do a running scene 100 times if he doesn’t think it looks right. She best be in shape for the role, and McAdams doesn’t strike me as a particularly “athletic” actress.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        Thank you Nix. I don’t see her in that light either. She’s cute yes. And would fill out the costume rather nicely to boot, and shes a good actress, but alas without some training she just doesn’t seem the part.

  • Meta

    The physicality of the actor is not really an issue when the majority of action sequences are going to be filmed with CGI or real life body doubles anyways, just like they did with all previous characters in the Spiderman movies. I think it’s a good cast.

    • Dedpool

      Yeah I understand what you’re saying about the body doubles and cgi, but you know what, that’s not always the case. Alot of actors and actresses are doing their own stunts because it add another layer of relaism when we can see the persons face. ScarJo is doing many of her stunts for Black Widow in “Iron Man 2″ so why not have McAdams go through extra training so she can too. That’s the only thing I see holding her back a playing the part. I have to beleive she could do those things whether or not it’s actually her. Have her doing some gymnastics in a scene to show off how flexible and agile she is or something. As for the casting of the previous movies, they’ve gotten most of it right. I still don’t like Dunst as MJ (too whiny, not cute enough. MJ is a BOMBSHELL) and I’m no longer liking Maguire as Peter/Spidey. He’s just too doe-eyed for me, plus (and I know this is a script part) he doesn’t pull off the cockiness and flipant personality well. His Peter is just a whoa is me cliche and I think they need to move passed that.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

      Dude, she’s still gonna have to run and fight and jump, and you can’t CGI-fake your way through that. Raimi in particular is a perfectionist, he’ll make her do a running scene 100 times if he doesn’t think it looks right. She best be in shape for the role, and McAdams doesn’t strike me as a particularly “athletic” actress.

      • Dedpool

        Thank you Nix. I don’t see her in that light either. She’s cute yes. And would fill out the costume rather nicely to boot, and shes a good actress, but alas without some training she just doesn’t seem the part.