News: Spider-Man goes back to school as Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi sling their last web

Spider-Man 4 is no more. Instead of the further adventures of everyone’s favourite neighbourhood Spider-Man (really, how many Spider-Men can there be in one neighbourhood?), Sony have decided to send Peter Parker back to class.  

It means the end of the web-slinging road for director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire, and presumably Kirsten Dunst too, although there hasn’t been a whole lot of web (that’s internet, not spider-made) outrage that she will never play Mary Jane again.  

Despite Spider-Man 3 being, well, a pile of steaming goo, there is much sadness that Raimi will not be directing another movie in the series. With The Evil Dead maestro in the chair, the franchise was ridiculously successful, generating billions for Sony. However, the studio has decided it is time for a fresh start. There are widespread fears that Spidey: The High School Musical Years will pander to the basest whims of the fickle teen market, yet some hope surely must be found in the fact that Zodiac writer James Vanderbilt is on keyboard duties for the movie, slated for release in 2012.  

Tobey Maguire is packing his suit away for good

In a fairly lame studio-speak statement, Sony said: ‘A decade ago we set out on this journey with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire and together we made three Spider-Man films that set a new bar for the genre. When we began, no one ever imagined that we would make history at the box-office and now we have a rare opportunity to make history once again with this franchise. Peter Parker as an ordinary young adult grappling with extraordinary powers has always been the foundation that has made this character so timeless and compelling for generations of fans. We’re very excited about the creative possibilities that come from returning to Peter’s roots and we look forward to working once again… on this new beginning.’  

Raimi appeared to go along with the party line: ‘Working on the Spider-Man movies was the experience of a lifetime for me. While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job.’  

Surely at least a small part of him is seething that he’s been pretty much dumped off the project. Or perhaps he’s glad to have the juggernaut off his back, allowing him to concentrate on smaller, but arguably better, films – his last, Drag Me To Hell, delighted audiences and critics alike. Mind you, his planned World Of Warcraft movie is unlikely to be small.  

I like to think the mess he made of Spider-Man 3 would have made Raimi keen to turn Spider-Man 4 into something pretty special, although the series ran out of decent bad guys after Doc Ock. The Vulture, anyone? Anyone? Alas, we will never know. Instead we can look forward to seeing Parker dealing with bullies, the long line in the canteen and finding his locker key.  


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14 Responses to “News: Spider-Man goes back to school as Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi sling their last web”

  1. I was never a fan of Spiderman so am glad their won’t be a fourth one, this give Sam Raimi the opportunity to make the type of film he does best like Drag Me To Hell.

    As for the reboot I would prefer they didn’t bother but it made so much money it is inevitable.

    How about they make it more current by having spidy fight vampires. I know Ross is a big fan of vampire movies!

  2. Good shout Fandango, Morbius would have been a much better villain choice than OAP Vulture!
    Raimi’s right to get out now, after the one’s he’s already used, Spidey’s rogues gallery gets a little thin – Shocker? Electro? Mysterio? The Scorpion? Rhino? The Lizard? The Mongoose? Okay, this last one I just made up, but how creative is naming a baddie after an animal and giving him a fancy dress costume to match? All henchmen at best.
    Carnage maybe, but he’s just a poor man’s Venom. The Hobgoblin is a bankrupt man’s Green Goblin. Hydro-man is Wet-Sandman.
    Kraven the Hunter is probably the last useable foe, unless they’re happy to revisit Kingpin after Daredevil

  3. oh Fandango, you are the height of toomuchery…
    Vampires… about as original as remaking the A-Team

  4. Don’t be silly, who would ever consider an A Team movie. Next you will suggest they will cast a UFC fighter in the Mr. T. role!

    An A-Team Spider-Man crossover could work:

    Ten years ago man in red spandex was sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade (by crawling up the wall) to the New York underground. Today, still wanted by the government he swings from tall buildings and takes photographs of himself for the local paper. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him maybe you can hire Spiderman.

    Cast Dwight Schultz as Spiderman and you have a sure-fire hit!

  5. nah.. no one will go see that. i know… have him go to school! genius. now it works

  6. No Dwight Schultz is too old for school, that ruins my casting!

    I’m also a bit worried about what you said: “Zodiac writer James Vanderbilt is on keyboard duties”.

    I here he isn’t much of a keyboard player, the score will be rubbish. They could ask him to write the screenplay instead. Just a thought!

  7. uh.. em.. why Fandango, youre so slow… uh… youre not very fast at all!
    oh, i went there.

  8. Your wit is far too subtle for me, I made the fatal error of taking something you say a little bit seriously!

    Still not to worry, who else is going to see it, it looks like I’m your only reader today!

  9. now youre just being cruel. count yourself lucky that pain dont hurt

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  11. cheers Aiden R, thanks a lot, really appreciate it – we are really thrilled to have anyone other than Fandango comment…
    and whats that, youre talking about some award as well..?

  12. Hee. I actually liked Spider Man 3. Not as much as the other two, but I liked it.

  13. God, I’m alone here. I liked Part 3. Not as much as the other two, but I liked it.

  14. Yep, Spidey too was ‘goo’ and lots of it! However, I hated the first two as well so 3 didn’t have much chance of impressing me.

    They’ve taken the right decision – it had over-stayed it’s welcome. With the likes of Transformers, Iron Man, and The Hulk impressing, there’s plenty other franchises to be excited about.

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