Spider-Man Will Return in 2011! But Do We Want Him To?
We all knew this was going to happen. The Spider-Man franchise has earned over $2.5 billion at the box office worldwide since Peter Parker swung into theaters back in May of 2002. Producer Laura Ziskin told theaters owners on Thursday that Spider-Man 4 is tentatively scheduled to arrive in May of 2011. Although rumors have been circulating surrounding both Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire's return, nothing is concrete yet. The farthest they've gone is to pay Marvel to secure the rights yet again, which is at least confirmation that they will continue. Spider-Man will be back - but do we really want him to return?
If this ends up being true and Sony does get another Spider-Man made in three years time, let me be the first to say that 2011 is going to be one hell of an incredible year. The Hobbit is going to make its triumphant debut, most likely in the fall, just like Lord of the Rings. Additionally from Marvel, Captain America will make his debut and we'll most likely see the biggest geek dream of all - The Avengers. If Transformers keeps up on its two year schedule, we'll also be watching Transformers 3 in the summer. And if Christopher Nolan keeps up with his three year schedule, we'll probably be watching Batman Begins 3 in 2011 as well. Add Spider-Man 4 to that list and I think most geeks will have fainted.
In theory, that kind of summer, packed full of even more sequels, sounds like something that most of us wouldn't appreciate, but thats only because we're still trying to get the bad taste of 2007 out of our mouths. By the time we get to 2011, we'll all be looking forward to Transformers 3, Batman Begins 3, and The Avengers as much as we were looking forward to Spider-Man 3 in April of 2007 just before we ended up seeing how bad it really was. But out of all of these potential films, Spider-Man 4 is the one that I'm just not so sure about. I actually don't blame Sam Raimi for Spider-Man 3 being so bad, but I'm wondering if they can still stand up to the big guys like Christopher Nolan and Jon Favreau nowadays.
One of the only ways that I'll really be satisfied with Spider-Man 4 is if they bring back Tobey Maguire and if Sam Raimi returns in some fashion. Maybe if he doesn't return as a director, but is involved as a producer, I'll be happy. But of Sony starts taking this off on their own, fitting in new talent that doesn't blog in Raimi's franchise, then it'll really start to bug me. And that's where I bring up the question: do we really want him to return? Even if, let's just say, Raimi could pull Spidey out of the rut he was in at the end of Spider-Man 3 (and I mean his reputation, not his actual problems), would it still be something you'd like to see? Would you welcome the return of Spider-Man in 2011?