Spider-Man 4
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Director: Sam Raimi
Writer(s): James Vanderbilt
David Lindsay-Abaire
Release Date: International:
April 28, 2011
United States:
United Kingdom:
May 5, 2011[1]
Running Time: 180 min.
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Spider-Man 4 is a 2011 American science fiction action film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. It is the fourth installment of the Spider-Man film series. In a departure from the previous installments, which were set between 2002 and 2005 and used time travel as a key plot element, New York City is set in the year 2008 and focuses on the war between Superhero machines and humanity, with the human Resistance fighting against Superhero killing machines. Maguire portrays Spider-Man, Resistance fighter and central character to the franchise, while Dunst portrays Mary Jane Watson.

After a troubled pre-production, with Marvel Entertainment acquiring the rights for the franchise from Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi and several writers working on the screenplay, filming began in May 2010 in New York City and ran for 77 days. Spider-Man 4 was released on May 5, 2011 in the United States and Canada, followed by early June releases in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Warner Bros.handled the North American release while Columbia Pictures handled the international release. The film grossed over $371 million worldwide.

A fifth film, Spider-Man: The Future of Evolution, is set to be released on November 13th, 2015.


Spider-Man 4 entered development in 2008, with Raimi attached to direct and Maguire, Dunst and other recurring cast members set to reprise their roles. Both a fourth and a fifth movie were planned and at one time the idea of shooting the two sequels concurrently was under consideration. However, Raimi stated in March 2009 that only the fourth film was in development at that time and that if there were fifth and sixth films, those two films would actually be a continuation of each other.

James Vanderbilt was hired in October 2008 to pen the screenplay after initial reports in early 2008 that Sony Pictures was in contact with David Koepp, who wrote the first Spider-Man film. The script was subsequently rewritten by Pulitzer-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and rewritten again by Gary Ross in October 2009. Raimi expressed interest in portraying the transformation of Dr. Curt Connors into his villainous alter-ego, the Lizard; the character's actor Dylan Baker and producer Grant Curtis were also enthusiastic about the idea. Raimi also discussed his desire to upgrade Bruce Campbell from mere cameo appearances to a more significant role. It was reported in December 2009 that John Malkovich was in negotiations to play Vulture[2] and that Anne Hathaway would play Felicia Hardy[3], though she would not have transformed into the Black Cat as in the comics in this film. Instead, Raimi's Felicia was possibly a new superpowered figure called the Vulturess. As disagreements between Sony and Raimi threatened to push the film off the intended May 6, 2011 release date, Sony Pictures announced in January 2010 that plans for Spider-Man 4 had been made due to Raimi's withdrawal from the project. Raimi reportedly ended his participation due to his doubt that he could meet the planned May 6, 2011 release date while at the same time upholding the film creatively. Raimi purportedly went through four iterations of the script with different screenwriters and still disliked them all.

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Raimi's Thoughts on the FilmEdit

Raimi admitted to being "exhausted" with the "tremendous amount of delegation" needed to make "gigantic" movies like the Spider-Man films. However, it ultimately came down to an inability to get together a suitable story that led him to pass on a fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise. "It really was the most amicable and undramatic of breakups: It was simply that we had a deadline and I couldn’t get the story to work on a level that I wanted it to work", he said of his split with Sony Pictures. "I was very unhappy with Spider-Man 3, and I wanted to make Spider-Man 4 to end on a very high note, the best Spider-Man of them all. But I couldn’t get the script together in time, due to my own failings, and I said to Sony, ‘I don’t want to make a movie that is less than great, so I think we shouldn’t make this picture. Go ahead with your reboot, which you’ve been planning anyway’". He continued, "[Sony co-chairman] Amy Pascal said, "Thank you. Thank you for not wasting the studio’s money, and I appreciate your candor." So we left on the best of terms, both of us trying to do the best thing for fans, the good name of Spider-Man, and Sony Studios".


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  1. Spider-Man 4 Goes IMAX Hits Theaters May 5, 2011
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