Poor Sam Raimi is at SXSW to promote his horror film Drag Me To Hell and you can tell that everyone is itching for a Spider-Man scoop because this morning more little side stories had to do with Spidey coming back than in-depth analysis of how the mortgage crisis does or does not fit into Drag Me To Hell’s curse (am I the only one ready for economy-based horror? Too soon?).

It might just be my imagination, but I can picture Raimi letting out a long sigh before busting into the Spider-Man 4 information, which is some stuff we knew and some stuff we didn’t…

From MTV:

Raimi is keeping it all very close to the vest, but did reveal to us that the ideas and concepts are only looking forward to the fourth “Spider-Man” film and right now, a larger roadmap for the fifth film is not being charted out. He also said fans should expect to see the stories take place firmly within the Marvel Universe created by Stan Lee and not any inventions outside the familiar comic book storylines.

“The writers, producers and I are working out what the story will be, but we haven’t been talking in terms of Part 4 and 5.” Raimi told MTV News. “I’ve read that [about ‘Spider-Man 5’] also, but right now we’re just working on the story for ‘Spider-Man 4,’ just that one film.

“We’re definitely talking about working from all the material in the comic books and nothing [invented] outside of that, “Raimi continued. “All the characters or villain or villains, whatever we decide to do will be from Stan Lee’s creations or those that came after him.”

Note that twice in our interview Raimi said “villain or villains” plural and said, “I do have a pretty good idea, but I’m just not a liberty to say yet,” adding that Sony wants to carefully plan out when they announce the antagonist or antagonists to the fans.

Raimi and Maguire are on board and Dunst is still looking like she’ll join up as soon as a script is written (or sooner if casting comes before a final script).

The villain teaser is a little odd, because there have already been multiple hints at multiple villians being a lock. From the anonymous source saying: “Once you find out who the villain is, you’ll know who’s playing it,” suggesting Dylan Baker’s Curt Conners will become the Lizard, since we’ve already seen Baker on screen (and armless). We also have a report that Morbius will cash in on the current Vampire craze and be the other villain, and that rumor came from the mouth of Raimi, though it might have been casting-unrelated.

What we know the most recently is that Mickey Rourke was rumored to be in talks with Raimi about being the other mystery villain before he hopped over to Iron Man II. So, once again the question is: What Spider-Man villian would Mickey Rourke play
 well?