Sam Raimi Willing to Return for Spider-Man 4 and Beyond
With the bitchin'-ness of Iron Man, tremors from the upcoming Hulk, and the masterpiece that will be The Dark Knight in July, Spider-Man is a comic book character that is desperately trying to achieve some relevance, especially given Marvel's standalone success as of late. Waving its hand like a short kid in school, Spider-Man continues to pop up on the radar with various bits of news. So, as we must do, here is the latest: Sam Raimi spoke to SuperHeroHype about the franchise's sequels. Yes, the plural is intended. As we've heard before, screenwriter James Vanderbilt is putting together such a hefty script for the Spider-Man 3 follow-up that two additional films could be mined from it. Considering Raimi's crackpot work on Spider-Man 3, are we as hopeful as he is?
Of course we are! It's Spider-Man after all! But man if the third installment didn't plummet to the ground like it broke free from Spidey's web. In talking about Vanderbilt's upcoming script, Raimi said, "I'm hoping it's as great as our discussions were about it and I'm hoping it feels right for me because I love Spider-Man. I'm hoping I'm well rested enough to embrace it and I'm hoping Sony wants me to do it. If all of those things come together, I would love to do it. There are a lot of unknowns about the future." There's a lot of hoping going on in that short statement. As news goes, this is pretty soft - not unlike the recent, rampant rumorsx about Tobey Maguire not returning.
Fans of Maguire can rest easy, because Raimi wants him back as well. "I'd hate to re-cast anybody in the future, I can't imagine that." J.K. Simmons, who plays The Daily Bugle's J. Jonah Jameson, spoke to IESB about Maguire's likely return. "I spoke to Tobey in, I guess it was February... he's certainly amenable to doing some more and hopefully we'll be able to get everybody back and make another good one." For me, this is an inescapable negative. I definitely agree that recasting would be a bad idea and too jarring for the series. But, personally, Maguire was nearly unbearable in Spider-Man 3 and Kirsten Dunst - all I'll say is that I think she peaked in Interview with the Vampire.
So does this groundbreaking news get anyone excited? I'm thinking not really. News on the sequels virtually limps across our desk as of late. I'm waiting for Sony to step up with some more concrete info on the project's status, not just that they made their hefty rights payment to Marvel.