“Spider-Man 4″ isn’t due in theaters until May 5, 2011. (Which is really far away. But that’s another topic.) Those inclined to obsess over the upcoming film were intrigued and horrified by a casting notice put out by the producers of the film.
Casting Call: [TODDLER BOY] 2 or 3 year old boy to play 2 year old, Caucasian with RED HAIR, an adorable toddler with an engaging personality, on set experience preferred. IDENTICAL TWINS ONLY. (Source: WorstPreviews via SpoilerTV)
So what does this mean, True Believers? SpoilerTV put fanboy fears thusly — “Will we See Peter Parker and Mary Jane’s Child!?”
Why would this be so bad? Are Spidey-Fans just against the idea of their favorite hero having a family? Not exactly. At least, that’s not my issue. Anyone who saw the utterly unnecessary “Superman Returns”, which featured Superman’s son. (Sorry about not including a “spoiler alert.” If you haven’t seen this movie, don’t bother and see “Superman 2,” which is better.) So perhaps fans are fearful that Spider-Man 4 will go in a similar direction. (For an incredibly overwrought view of the movie, check out Superman as a Deadbeat Dad at DaddyTips.com.)
However, it is possible, even likely, that the kid in question is the son of Curt Connors, aka The Lizard. In the comics, Connors does have a son, Billy, who always seems to be in the wrong place whenever dad turns all scaly. A commenter at WorstPreviews points out “It doesn’t really say this is Mary Jane’s kid, nor Peter Parker. Dylan Baker, who plays Curtis Connors, has red hair. Maybe it’s his kid.” Of course, NatG83 doesn’t know for sure what will be in the final Spider-Man 4 script, and neither do I.
For what it’s worth, Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson-Parker do have a daughter in an alternate-universe version of the Spider-Man comics. May Parker, named for Peter’s beloved Aunt May, dons a costume and becomes Spider-Girl. (There is already a Spider-Woman, so this isn’t a sexist hero name. Plus she’s supposed to be in high school. Then again, Peter Parker was a kid and he was always Spider-Man, not Spider-Boy. Maybe it is sexist. Or not.)
I hope that Sony and director Sam Raimi don’t decide to give Peter and MJ a son. And if they do, I hope the kid doesn’t have spider powers.
Of course, if I’m being honest, I will see Spider-Man 4 even if it includes a cameo by the Powerpuff Girls. (Actually, that would be sort of funny. But they shouldn’t do it.)