Sam Raimi Chats Spider-Man 4 and Lizard Possibility

October 16, 2008
Source: MTV

Sam Raimi & Tobey Maguire

It's almost pointless to talk with Sam Raimi about Spider-Man 4 or 5 right now, because the movies are so far out that there's not much he can say. However, I do always enjoy hearing whatever Raimi has to say just because he's such a big geek and is still one of my favorite filmmakers. MTV caught up with him recently and spent some time talking about the future of Spider-Man, covering as much ground as they could, including eventually a particular villain that I know everyone wants to see. And although there isn't a script yet, it's very exciting to hear him talking about Spider-Man 4 for the very first time.

"I'm really excited about Spider-Man, and I'm hoping to direct it," Raimi said, contrary to confirmations that he was officially signed on. "I don't have a script yet, but production would start probably by March of 2010, I'm guessing. It sounds like a long time away, but we need a script first, and a lot of pre-production has to take place." And as for those rumors that they'll shoot Spider-Man 4 and 5 back-to-back, he confirms that its been mentioned. "That had been talked about… It's Amy Pascal's decision. I don't think it has been decided yet, and she's the one that's really going to make that decision; I'm really curious myself."

LizardLet's get on to some of the juicy details. Raimi doesn't have much to hint at, because there aren't finished scripts, but he did mention a few interesting things. Obviously the stories in both films would be very closely linked, but even he doesn't fully know what it they'd be about. "It just hasn't been written yet," he reiterates. And what about villains? Will we ever see Dr. Connor turn into Lizard? "He's a great actor, and I think one day The Lizard's story will be told," Raimi confirms. "I don't know if it will be this one or not. I just don't know. I'm definitely hoping to work with Dylan in the picture. I just don't know who the villain is yet."

Raimi also chats about the possibility working with Kirsten Dunst again, as well as James Franco, Willem Dafoe, and Cliff Robertson, who played Ben Parker. As I said at the start, he doesn't have much to say besides some hopes regarding the story and actors, but it's still our first word from the guy who built the modern cinematic Spider-Man from the ground up. At this point I'm getting more excited thinking about the return of Spidey than dreading it. I remember those days, before Spider-Man 3 had ever hit theaters, when I was more excited to hear from Raimi about Spider-Man than I was to hear from Nolan about Batman. Hopefully we'll get back to that level of excitement again soon enough.

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The Lizard = 2nd-best Spidrman villain. Could be really cool on film.

vegeta on Oct 16, 2008


i have lost all hope on this series.....a major change of some sort has to occur to make me like it again

JNYCE on Oct 16, 2008


i had my fingers crossed for a long time for the Lizard to show up somewhere. that may be the only way i will see Spidey 4.

Al on Oct 16, 2008


I have to agree with my fellow posters on this topic Spidy 4 with Lizard (and Kraven??) sounds really cool

Silver on Oct 16, 2008


I just hope there are no more scenes of Peter dancing down the street and in the cafe like a homo.

TBone on Oct 16, 2008


I wish that they would of thought of this before spider-man 3. Cause like he said above where he wish he still had half his cast. But more for the villians. Like he could of had the lizard instead of Venom or He could of just kept his Sand-Man with a hint of the lizard for the 4th with Kraven, and then have a full Venom for the 5th. That would of been sweet.

The_Phantom on Oct 16, 2008


Yes I can't wait! This should be really good. I hope they go with not only Lizard but Kraven as well. He could come in to New York (the concrete jungle) to hunt the ultimate prize, Spider-Man. And maybe even Lizard...

Daas on Oct 16, 2008


Jokers better. The end. 😛

carlos on Oct 16, 2008


And here come the Dark Knight fanboys...

Daas on Oct 16, 2008


If they are going to make a part 4, it better be up to par with 1 and 2. 3 is so horrible, I only bought it b/c it came in the whole Blu-Ray collection. I like the idea of bringing it back to The Lizard and Kraven. They need to kill off their rendition of Venom and pretend it never happened, like Ang Lee's Hulk

L on Oct 17, 2008


PLZ stop making those movies..they just suck

CowBoy dA 3rd on Oct 17, 2008


It'll take a whole lot more than this empty article and nothing being said by all-thumbs Raimi to spark even the slightest interest in the next Spiderman movies.

Voice Of Reason on Oct 17, 2008


They need to dedicate a whole movie to venom with spidey , remember doc conners still has a piece of the alien symb in his lab , that could bring back venom if somehow eddie is still alive , maybe he fell off the buildin somewhat behind the explosion an survived an he gets the sample somehow, or maybe the peice could end up bein carnage. I dunno i like raimi but i know he hates venom which sux an thats why he was in the film for like 20% of the movie. At least we get a Venom movie. Sux playin the waiting game for these movies

BadKarma on Oct 17, 2008


COOL COOL! cant wait

Max Russian on Oct 17, 2008


Everyone hold your horses!! I know who the main villains are in Spider-man 4 & 5 directed by Raimi. Green Goblin and Green Goblin again!! Why not indeed? We haven't seen enough of them and the audience seems to love them. In fact reliable sources inform me that Spider-man 4 will host two villains. Green Goblin and Green Goblin again. Lots and lots of action out there!!

MajesticXIII on Oct 17, 2008


First, get rid of Kirsten Dunst and Mary Jane. Bring in someone new, like Felicia Hardy (aka Black Cat), or have Gwen make a comeback. Second, keep Peter human, but not slapstick. If he dances, it better be in a scene with dialogue (as in a slow dance). Third, keep the villain to one, but if two are needed keep the second one around for the fifth movie. Fourth, tie-in the Spidey movies with the other marvel movies, if only by name dropping other heroes into the story.

Fritz Blaze on Oct 17, 2008


I would love to see The Lizard in the next movie, But would also love to see other characters like the Vulture, Electro, Scorpion or BlackCat.

TigerClaw on Oct 17, 2008


The Lizard has had a perfect set-up for 3 movies now and should definetely get a chance to shine. But can the Lizard alone carry an entire film as the sole villain? I also want to see Carnage pop-up somewhere in the series after they royally screwed up Venom.

SlashBeast on Oct 17, 2008


If they couldnt get venom right, i doubt they would know what to do with carnage. I think they would definately make the 4th great with just the lizard. If you watch the 90's cartoon version on youtube, you can see how they can make him an awesome villain.

big r on Oct 19, 2008


the lizard and carnage would be great for the fourth they could tie in together cuz conners does have that piece of symbiote and maybe in the fourth conners can learn to control the lizard then he can help spiderman fight carnage. that would be dope.

jerzy-boi on Oct 28, 2008


toby mcguire sucks.....

ManBearPig on Jan 13, 2009


We need RHINO!!!!!

RHINO MAN 4 on Jul 19, 2009


According to Sam Raimi. The Lizard (Dylan Baker) is most likely to be the main villain in Spider-Man 4. Carnage (Seth Green) should be the second villain in that film but he will only be allowed to kill a few people in a PG-13 movie.

Peter-1993 on Dec 1, 2009


How about carnage and lizard so you can continue the symbiote story that would be nice cause first there was venom in spiderman 3 so let carnage be in spiderman 4.Now spiderman 5 should have toxin [carnage and venom mixed up ]that would be awesome [im only 8 and im coming up with good ideas].

Damon on Dec 28, 2009

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