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Proposed sequels rumble forward

17 August 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Spider-Man 4 hasn't even started shooting yet, but Sony has already hired a screenwriter for Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6, lining up a second trilogy for the webslinger after a two year (and counting) hiatus.

 Vanderbilt wrote the first draft of the Spider-Man 4 screenplay, but Raimi didn't go for all of his ideas, leading first to a rewrite by David Lindsay-Abaire and then another by Gary Ross. But there's a big question over whether Raimi would return for a fourth film - or key cast like Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. After all, Raimi's got World of Warcraft to think about, and the two leads signed special one-film deals for this fourth one, after the end of their previous three-film deals.

The fifth and sixth films are due to be interconnected, which should come as no surprise. The word is that Sony is anxious to reduce the gap between films, which has spread from two years between the first two instalments to four years between Spider-Man 3 and Spider-Man 4's 2011 release date, and that's why Vanderbilt is being hired so early in the game.

The word "reboot" is also being bandied about, although that may simply refer to the possibility of a cast and director change rather than a total change of direction. In any case, start the speculation here: what baddies do you think could sustain two films? What challenges should Peter Parker face? And who could step in to Raimi and/or Maguire's shoes / lycra suit?

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5 and 6?? Personally, I think they should have stopped after the first two. Please,no more of Spidey!! More

Posted by FanaticalAboutFilm at 18:18 on 26 September 2009 | Report This Post

I can just see the titles Spider-Man 4:Spiderman on Patrol Spider-Man 5:Assignment Incredible Hulk Spider-Man 6:New York City Under Siege and the finale Spider-Man:Mission to Marvel More

Posted by S1lent B0b at 19:58 on 16 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Suggestions on what should happen in Spiderman 4
we'll see a very very different Spiderman flick next time around Raimi got pissed about by the studio and Avi Arad last time and he knows it, he seems far more battle hardy this time around and willing to stand his ground and not 'cave in' top studio demands from brief soundbites thus far in the build up to 4.t="trebuchet ms"] it will be the standard of the first one to be honest (the best in my opinion) More

Posted by JIm R at 19:03 on 20 August 2009 | Report This Post

Suggestions on what should happen in Spiderman 4
1. NO more stories about Uncle Ben. We KNOW Aunt May loves him. Give the character something to do instead telling stuff about Ben. 2. NO more garbage about Peter trying to woo Mary-Jane. 3. Less villains, better development. 4. Less quiet conversations between Peter and Mary-Jane. By the time it got to the third film, their chemistry had become very annoying. 5. The main focus should be Spider-Man dealing with villain. 6. For god sake, NO more awful scenes like Peter dancing or cryi More

Posted by bb at 15:28 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

L: DeathMag84  If you want to talk about bad 3's we can say: Alien 3 or Saw 3 or Pirates 3 etc... re you joking? You are grouping Alien3 with Saw 3 and Pirates 3, and you think it is e n an 3 you SEEN Spiderman 3? Alien3 is a damn good film, how dare you sully it with this nonsense! More

Posted by Youshouldberunning at 14:50 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: no more Sam...
st Spiderman film of Raimi's is an excellent origin film and well handled (except the Goblin sub-Power Rangers costume), number 2 okay and 3 is a mis handled half decent stab.t="trebuchet ms"] he's done well and I would be quite happy to see a fourth, beyond that though, I think all involved are pushing their luck. More

Posted by JIm R at 20:16 on 18 August 2009 | Report This Post

no more Sam...
Sam Raimi is a excellent horror director. He should NEVER have laid his hands on Spider-Man. Wrong director and wrong actor. Maguire acts the same in all of his movies. One trick pony. Why didn't James Cameron didn't get the directors chair? He's been aiming at Spider-Man since the 80ties! I wouldn't mind a complete change of actor AND director... but then... do we ever have a say in that? More

Posted by sidjum at 13:45 on 18 August 2009 | Report This Post

Craven the Hunter
How about Craven the Hunter on a hunt for the Spiderman whilst he in turn is hunting the Lizard. Always thought Craven was a cool character in the comics. Or how contraversial is this : a Spidey / Daredevil team-up (come-on, Daredevil was pretty good, you know you want to admit it). More

Posted by scotsdiver at 09:51 on 18 August 2009 | Report This Post

Don't even know the plot to 4
We don't even know the plot or (of course) who the villians are and they want to go on getting prepared for the ones after this one right now? As long as The Lizard is the villian in 4, it will all be good i suppose. By the way, why a reboost? Spider-Man 3 is not that bad, If you want to talk about bad 3's we can say: Alien 3 or Saw 3 or Pirates 3 etc... More

Posted by DeathMag84 at 04:56 on 18 August 2009 | Report This Post

a new director is needed for sure.. maybe he could pull out a good on screen performance from Maguire and Dunst.. who knows. but a new cast wont be a bad thing either.. i think Michael Morbius as parkers rival in collage would be a good story arc while the lizard becomes the vilan for spidy in one of the movies. of witch morbius having the accedent becoming the vampire. which move's him to be the main vilan in the next movie. More

Posted by DeadCell79 at 01:16 on 18 August 2009 | Report This Post

Should never have killed of Doc Ock!
Anyone agree? He could have been a great assist for the sequels, even if he was just in a cell block and peter went to ask him advice or something, even the slightest reference or possibility of a villain returning is a laugh. That's why it's a shame when they kill off villains, it would be great to see him back. More

Posted by Black Hole at 21:29 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

Cheetah makes a comeback
Even if they have a 100 monkeys sitting at 100 of them is bound to come up with a better script than the one for spidey 3. More

Posted by MaxRenn at 20:20 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: If 5 and 6 are to be interconnected...
While I have like Tobey in the role, I think Raimi has had him cry too much. Even seeing him cry behind the mask would have broken things up a little in that regard. S3 is a film I try really hard to like, but in all honesty, what I wanted to see was a showdown between Harry and Peter that set out to say 'hey Lucas, you gave us sith, but lets now see what a fight between former friends should /i] look and feel like". That was where the story arc of the first two was going, and the loo More

Posted by jobloffski at 20:00 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

If 5 and 6 are to be interconnected...
... then for the love of God Sony please work with Marvel and make Spidey 4 work it with the Avengers/Iron Man/Cap'n America stories!! (NF and IM cameo?) I think a small reboot is needed, maybe do what the did with start of the incredible hulk, where they had his accident at the start (thus negating the rubbish first film), Bring back Green Goblin and Venom and do a proper Carnage! Or, to make some baddies last 2 films, Lizard and Venom/Carnage (in a sort of partnership), maybe with an Iron M More

Posted by Kalielyn at 18:51 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

A change will do you good
I really like the first two and Spiderman 2 is among my favorite movies ever (three is unwatchable) But at this stage I'd like to see some new blood as both McGuire and Dunst seem bored with the characters now and to be honest we haven't had a real Spiderman movie yet. By that I mean we haven't seen the wise-cracking and above all *likeable* character as he is in the comics. The most faithful adaptation has been the recent Spectacular Spiderman cartoon which is excellent. More

Posted by Gabriel at 17:29 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

Surely they'll take Spidey down the Avengers route and tie him in with Hulk, Iron Man etc? It's logical since Marvel do want their "Avengers Summer" post 2010 and Spidey has been in the Avengers. If they decide to play around for a bit in Spidey's own neighbourhood, the Lizard would be a great choice for villain. More

Posted by darko18 at 15:31 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

Cast change please.
I don't care who the bad guys are, I don't care what the story is or who the director is but for the love of god please change the cast. I cannot stand that whinging sap Tobey Maguire. Absolutely awful in all 3 films. More

Posted by Ramirez at 11:33 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

Reboot needed
A full reboot may be going abit to far but something needs to change here. Ive got to agree with the notion that the animated argument does hold a certain logic to it however it should not be beyond hollywood to give us a good, proper , faithful live action spidy flick. If they dont give us a new cast and a new director i wont be sold on the idea of another trilogy, also integration into the wider marvel universe needs to be looked at, although so long as spidy stays in the hands of sony i wont More

Posted by Web Head at 11:06 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

L: tftrman I'd like to see what Timur Bekmambetov did with a massive budget. sp; #0066cc]That's interesting, Timur has a very unique style I think his take on Spidey would be cool. anyway, I'm actually getting a tad bored with all of the live-action Marvel & DC films; as I have mentioned elsewhere, I prefer the animated versions. man, what I wouldn't give to see some big-budgeted, all-star voice-cast ANIMATED film versions of these... #0066cc]  #0066cc] [font=a More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 10:05 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

I think they should get a new director anyway. I liked the playfulness of Raimi's films (apart from Peter's dance in 3 *shudder*) but he often strayed into mawkishness.   I'd like to see what Timur Bekmambetov did with a massive budget.   More

Posted by tftrman at 09:29 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

Spider-Man 5: Mission Miami beach, canny wait More

Posted by Greg Andrew at 09:11 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

Spiderman 7
If Maguire and Dunst are back I'll have a hard time convincing myself to pay to see this. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 09:10 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

This is clearly a very financially prompted move, to do another trilogy that is, but there is such a huge amount of source material that if it is mines properly, these films shouldn't necessarily suck. Also, I reckon we could have Mysterio be the big bad for 5 and 6, with maybe a beefed up henchman role for Rhino (ala Jaws in Bond). For number 4, I think they should continue down the Doc Connors road and have The Lizard. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 09:01 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

Don't hit me...
...but I really didn't enjoy the Spiderman Trilogy from the off. I though the first was fairly...meh...the second film was ok and the third film was rubbish. Which is a shame as I think the potential is there. Really though the two leads were sooooo irritating and wooden. Would like to see a fourth one, but with new actors and maybe even (don't get me wrong I have much love for Raimi) a new director. More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:00 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

... if I HAD TO come up with suggestions here it goes: Jim Sturgess for Parker/Spidey, Evan Rachel Wood for MJ and Martin Campbell in the director´s chair. He rebooted Bond with a bang, perhaps he could do the same for Spidey. As for the Villains I haven´t got a clue, they´ve used up all the best ones... unless they somehow managed to come up with the Venom & Carnage storyline. THAT´s the Spiderman film I want to see. More

Posted by mighty mick at 08:58 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

First of all...
... a quick premise: I am not convinced it´s a good idea to have any more Spiderman films, not even a 4th. There´s no need, creatively (the two leads, Peter and MJ have had what one could define a character arc over the three films) or even economically (Marvel´s been doin well in the past two years without Spiderman and they have a new posterboy in the form of Ironman). More

Posted by mighty mick at 08:52 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

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