Tobey Maguire in Beverly Hills, California on January. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
In a stunning turn of events, it appears that the Spider-Man 4 film, set to be released next year, has been set aside and a script by James Vanderbilt will be used instead. It will focus on Peter Parker/Spider-Man back in high school with a completely new creative team and cast and is set for a 2012 release. A plethora of script changes and rewrites have stalled the movie and led to this dramatic reassembling of a once-mighty film saga. Both Sam Raimi, director extraordinaire, and Tobey Maguire are out.
With Thor being slated for a May 6, 2011 release, the Marvel engine is turning out some massive film epics with some of its core characters: Iron Man II is soon to hit theaters, Captain America, Wolverine and Avengers films are being bandied about, as well as a much rumored Daredevil 2. While Maguire is putting on the ever-ready happy face over the decision to revamp the franchise, the next few months should prove interesting as to who will don the webs for the next installment. It was no secret that at one point both Maguire and Mary-Jane Watson actress Kirsten Dunst wanted to move on to other projects, but just a few months ago the movie was said to be in full swing with a 2012 release at the ready. Raimi had done such a magnificent job with the trilogy that it will be most interesting to see how the saga will continue with all new faces and hands at the helm.
Spider-Man was created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for Marvel Comics and has been one of the company's main characters for over 45-years. Marvel Comics, along with DC Comics, has kept the comic book industry going for over 60-years, creating such memorable charcters as the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and the Hulk.