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500 Days of Spider-Man

As announced by Marvel Studios and Columbia Pictures, the director of the first installment in the new Spider-Man franchise--that's right, they're ditching Sam Raimi's previous Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire--is none other than Marc Webb.

From the announcement: "At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world. The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker's life. We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter's shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man's adventure. We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey."

Webb has directed only one feature film, the Golden Globe nominated film 500 Days of Summer. Now he holds a billion dollar empire in his hands. Already rumors about this entire rebooting of the Spider-Man franchise are underway (think of what Christopher Nolan did to the Batman series with his 2005 Batman Begins) as the studio begins looking for a new Peter Parker. Who will be the new Spidey?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt? He did star in Webb's directorial debut...

Jake Gyllenhaal? He was rumored to replace Maguire in the previously-planned Spider-Man 4...

Or someone completely unknown? More than likely!

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