From the sounds of it, it certainly looks like Sam Raimi is making noise that he wants to come back to do “Spider-Man 4” (and possibly “Spider-Man 5”), although why is beyond me. Raimi professes his love for the character, which I can understand, but even so, would you, as an artist, really want to devote another half dozen years of your life to two more movies that will, inevitably, be of lesser quality than the previous three? But hey, I’d say Yes, too, if Sony came to my house with a Brink trunk and dump a buttload of cash on my doorsteps.
Raimi tells Comingsoon this about coming back:
“James Vanderbilt is writing the script and I’m excited to read it. I think it’s going to be done in a few months,” Raimi told us, adding, “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.”
And how does he feel about re-casting key players if needed? “I’d hate to re-cast anybody in the future, I can’t imagine that.”
That definitely sounds like Raimi is leaning towards coming back. And if he comes back, Maguire might be back, too.
But I’ll ask the same question of Maguire that I just asked of Raimi — at this point, after three movies, is there really anymore quality in the franchise to be had? And wouldn’t you just be doing it for the buck, even if you tell yourself that it’s for your love of the character? Mind you, not that there’s anything wrong with doing something just for the buck, but these guys are rich beyond their wildest dreams, and at this point in their respective careers, they could get anything they wanted to do greenlit by the studios.
And the truth is, I’d just hate to think that Raimi is spending another 6 years on “Spider-Man” number 4 and 5 when he could be doing something else, something potentially cooler…