Tobey Maguire Gives us his Thoughts on the Spidey 4 Hullabaloo

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In this article, you’re going to read about Tobey Maguire’s thoughts on the current mess that is Sam Raimi and Sony’s “Spider-Man 4″, but the one thing I got out of it? Tobey Maguire is friggin 34-years old. WOW. Was “Spider-Man” really that long ago? 2002, as I recall, only a scant 8 years ago. The Spidey movies have always been pretty good at keeping the whole “aging” thing out of their universe, but I gotta say, maybe, just maybe, it’s time to retire Maguire and bring in a younger Peter Parker? If not that, then at least properly age him (or acknowledge the passing of time) in the movies? I’m just saying.

In any case, here are Maguire’s thoughts on the current Spidey problems:

“Like anything, it’s a process. We’re just in the midst of the process. We have a lot of great stuff in terms of story and script. We’re just trying to dial it in and get it ready as quickly as possible. Of course, these movies are a very big undertaking and take a lot more time than a drama or something more straightforward.

“Not only do I have specific ideas, but the ideas are evolving on the page. It’s all happening right now. It’s all sort of coming together. It’s very exciting to me. I think the evolution of the character is really exciting, to be rooted in the history of what we’ve done already and to have a continuity, yet have a progression or evolution.”

Apparently Tobey has not heard that there is no script, or at least, not one that the studio and Sam Raimi can agree on, which basically translates into no script.

In any case, I can understand why Maguire is coming back, just as I can understand why Dunst and Raimi are also coming back. This is their cash cow, their “can’t miss”. Maguire has always been excellent in mixing up his projects between the business (big-budget Hollywood films) with the artistic (small independent movies), but let’s face it, you could combine every single one of his movies where he’s the main selling point and they wouldn’t surpass one of his “Spider-Man” films in box office glory.

Yeah, there’s a reason everyone wants this thing to get made, but with a star who is pushing 35, a director who seems to be out of creative juice (Really, Sam? The Vulture?), and a studio looking for an easy sure-thing, those are all ingredients for a lackluster movie. But hey, maybe they’ll surprise us and turn in another “Spider-Man 2″. It could happen.

Okay, Sony and Sam Raimi, make up and let's get this movie made or ELSE!

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Unless they start writing the character better and with the wittiness he’s known for, I can’t get excited. I don’t expect the films to be exactly like the comics, but that’s the ONE thing that they haven’t done time and they really need to start. It’s a mjor part of who Spidey is. As Peter he’s quiet, and reserved. As Spidey he’s supposed to be witty, sarcastic, and fighting smart as he’s usually overpowered.

  • Dedpool

    Unless they start writing the character better and with the wittiness he’s known for, I can’t get excited. I don’t expect the films to be exactly like the comics, but that’s the ONE thing that they haven’t done time and they really need to start. It’s a mjor part of who Spidey is. As Peter he’s quiet, and reserved. As Spidey he’s supposed to be witty, sarcastic, and fighting smart as he’s usually overpowered.

  • iluvotis

    I really hope Spider-Man 4 never gets made. I’m a huge fan of Tobey and his work in indie films is so hugely superior to anything in any Spider-Man film. Spider-Man has always been beneath him and it’s time to just move on. Please!

    • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

      indie? you mean Indian movies? Tobey acted in Indian movies?

  • iluvotis

    I really hope Spider-Man 4 never gets made. I’m a huge fan of Tobey and his work in indie films is so hugely superior to anything in any Spider-Man film. Spider-Man has always been beneath him and it’s time to just move on. Please!

    • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

      indie? you mean Indian movies? Tobey acted in Indian movies?

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    Spiderman 1 is da best.
    But Spiderman 2 has the best insane fight scenes:)

    • ulik

      SM2 still is one of the best CBM’s of all time probably number 3 under Iron Man. The Dark Knight being number 1 but I personally liked Iron Man better than TDK. The Incredible Hulk I consider as number 4. Alfred Molina deserved Oscar recognition for his role in SM2 but that was before TDK and when The Academy started taking CBM’s seriously.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        I dunno. I liked SM2 and loved Molina in the role, but Oscar worthy? Not sure about that. I only say that because though the character was portrayed well, and even added the mentor relation ship only hinted at and delved into in later stories, he wasn’t that interesting of a role to me. I’ve seen that part played before and done just as well. I think had they given him more screen time with just the arms and working on the machine, and maybe more emotional range it could have been Oscar worthy. But he basically went from genius/family man/mentor to ego/robo arm driven psycho and I would’ve have liked to see him struggling against that nature more. Or make it less about him proving himself and more about revenge.

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    Spiderman 1 is da best.
    But Spiderman 2 has the best insane fight scenes:)

    • ulik

      SM2 still is one of the best CBM’s of all time probably number 3 under Iron Man. The Dark Knight being number 1 but I personally liked Iron Man better than TDK. The Incredible Hulk I consider as number 4. Alfred Molina deserved Oscar recognition for his role in SM2 but that was before TDK and when The Academy started taking CBM’s seriously.

      • Dedpool

        I dunno. I liked SM2 and loved Molina in the role, but Oscar worthy? Not sure about that. I only say that because though the character was portrayed well, and even added the mentor relation ship only hinted at and delved into in later stories, he wasn’t that interesting of a role to me. I’ve seen that part played before and done just as well. I think had they given him more screen time with just the arms and working on the machine, and maybe more emotional range it could have been Oscar worthy. But he basically went from genius/family man/mentor to ego/robo arm driven psycho and I would’ve have liked to see him struggling against that nature more. Or make it less about him proving himself and more about revenge.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/tobey-maguire-gives-us-his-thoughts-on-the-spidey-4-hullabaloo/ alex

    I think we should KEEEP TOBY MAGUIRE IN AS SPIDER-MAN. Who gives a shit on how old he is getting, kicking Toby Maguire out of the spider-man sequals WOULD BE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF THE DIRECTORS CAREER! I am definitely going to be an upset fan if i do not see Toby Maguire as Spider-man four as well as many people.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Sorry. I’m sure you’ve read by now Tobey is out. I for one am glad. As much as I liked him in the first film, he was just blah in the next two. His character became too whiney, and was nothing like the SPider-Man I’ve grown to love from comics and cartoons. I know it wasn’t really his fault but the writers but still. Something about him made me NOT want to see him as Peter anymore. And now with a reboot we may loose the glue that really made those movies good to me, the supporting cast. J.K. Simmons as Jonah Jameson, Rosemary Harris as Aunt May, and Bill Nunn as Robbie Robertson.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/tobey-maguire-gives-us-his-thoughts-on-the-spidey-4-hullabaloo/ alex

    I think we should KEEEP TOBY MAGUIRE IN AS SPIDER-MAN. Who gives a shit on how old he is getting, kicking Toby Maguire out of the spider-man sequals WOULD BE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF THE DIRECTORS CAREER! I am definitely going to be an upset fan if i do not see Toby Maguire as Spider-man four as well as many people.

    • Dedpool

      Sorry. I’m sure you’ve read by now Tobey is out. I for one am glad. As much as I liked him in the first film, he was just blah in the next two. His character became too whiney, and was nothing like the SPider-Man I’ve grown to love from comics and cartoons. I know it wasn’t really his fault but the writers but still. Something about him made me NOT want to see him as Peter anymore. And now with a reboot we may loose the glue that really made those movies good to me, the supporting cast. J.K. Simmons as Jonah Jameson, Rosemary Harris as Aunt May, and Bill Nunn as Robbie Robertson.