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…
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
“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?
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