Thursday, October 22, 2009
Spider, Lizard, Bat?
Director Sam Raimi has long professed to be a big fan of the storyline in Amazing Spider-Man #s 100-102, in which Spidey takes on Michael Morbius, a scientist who attempts to cure his leukemia with a serum derived from bats. Since this is the Marvel Universe we're in, he naturally becomes Morbius, The Living Vampire, who must feast on human blood to survive. Your Friendly Neighborhood Wall Crawler takes him out with an assist from Dr. Curt Connors, who's better known as the classic Spidey villain The Lizard. And were that not complication enough, Peter must deal with the unpleasant result of continuing mutation from that radioactive spider bite - the unwanted addition of four more arms! (Oh, that last panel of #100 was quite the stunner, writer Stan Lee's little parting gift to incoming scribe Roy Thomas, and one of the greatest cliffhangers in Marvel's history.)
Word comes today that Dylan Baker has been inked to appear in Spider-Man 4, so that would be the first piece of the puzzle. Vampires are bigger than huge these days, so Morby makes a whole lotta sense. Scenes with four additional arms would be acting catnip for Tobey Maguire. Since the last movie tripped itself up in trying to mesh two incompatible villains, this storyline flows like the Hudson (and would be a refreshingly modest undertaking, light on skyscraper-demolishing CGI). Fans have been waiting for that Lizard shoe to drop for almost eight years now, and heaven knows Baker is an accomplished actor who is due a huge break like this. And this brings Horror into the franchise in a big way; that might be something of a challenge for Raimi, but I suspect he'll be up to it.
Could this be more perfect? What's not to love? May the powers-that-be make it so!