A new report today says that Sony has opted to just start the Spider-Man film franchise over from scratch instead of continuing to wrangle with Sam Raimi about creative choices. Apparently, they are that much opposed to putting John Malkovich in a bird suit to play the Vulture as the main villain.
For his part, Raimi has no hard feelings about the split. “Working on the Spider-Man movies was the experience of a lifetime for me,” he said. “While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job.”
So Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst are leaving the venerable franchise, which seems like the best move for all of them, as none of their hearts really seemed to be in making a fourth film from what we’ve heard. Spider-Man 2 was fantastic, and there’s no need to keep trying to top that for Raimi and crew. Sony’s plan now is to take Peter Parker back to high school (which was something Raimi skipped past a bit too quickly) and, with any luck, give him the trademark wisecracking sense of humor that he’s so sorely lacked in the first three films to date. This gives them the opportunity to redo the Green Goblin with a better, non-Power-Ranger-looking costume, too, should they so decide. Dare we hope for the glory of Mysterio?
So let’s bid a fond farewell to the Raimi Spider-Man series by remembering how excited we were back in 2002, and we first started to believe that a man could web-swing.