‘Spider-Man’ Webs Its New Director

by | January 19, 2010 at 8:45 PM | The Movies

The rumors are true: Marc Webb is going to take over the reins of the Spider-Man movie franchise from Sam Raimi. Not that he’d phrase it that way.

Webb, perhaps too aptly named, is the man who brought us the much-acclaimed romantic dramedy 500 Days of Summer, which was his first feature film. He’s now focused on reinvigorating the life story of Peter Parker, taking him back to the teenage years that were rushed by so quickly in the first movie. He was nothing but humble in his statement on his new job. “This is a dream come true and I couldn’t be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity. Sam Raimi’s virtuoso rendering of Spider-Man is a humbling precedent to follow and build upon. The first three films are beloved for good reason. But I think the Spider-Man mythology transcends not only generations but directors as well. I am signing on not to ‘take over’ from Sam. That would be impossible. Not to mention arrogant. I’m here because there’s an opportunity for ideas, stories, and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas, and creative voice to Spider-Man.”

The questions now abound – who’s going to be the new Peter? Will they ignore Raimi’s take and put Gwen Stacy back front and center as his girlfriend before he gets mixed up with Mary Jane? Who will the bad guy be? We can likely eliminate the Vulture from that list of potential villains – word is the sticking point between Sony and Raimi was the use of the old bald guy in a bird suit as the main villain for what would have been his Spider-Man 4. Will we get a new and improved Green Goblin, or dare we hope to see the majesty of Mysterio? All questions to be answered in the near future.