In Marvel’s August 5th conference call about their second quarter earnings they mentioned that Sony have already paid them an advance of $5 million on Spider-Man 4. So I think that ends whatever speculation might have been left about whether there would be another Spider-Man movie. That May 2011 date is looking more and more likely.
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Spider-Man 3 wasn’t terribly well received by fans and scored mediocre reviews with the critics. Mind you that didn’t stop it raking in over $330 million domestically and another $550 million in the rest of the world. So a sequel was always likely.
The bigger question I guess is who will be attached to it and who might be the villain. I’ve always had a soft spot for Electro myself, but Kraven the Hunter could also work well as would Vulture and Black Cat is a possibility. Mysterio might be tougher one to pull off. Venom is probably out of the picture since it looks like they’re lining up a spin-off movie to tackle that story.
The fanboy in me kind of wants to see the Sinister Six go toe to toe with Spider-Man on the big screen, but I’m very wary about cramming that many villains into one movie. Better to have only one I think.
But will Sam Raimi be back as director and will Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst return to their roles? It might be time for a new director to find a fresh angle on the franchise after all.
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