If all the stars align, 2011 might be a busy year at the cineplex for Marvel movie adaptations.
Producer Laura Ziskin, promoting her one-hour Stand Up To Cancer fundraising special, announced to California and Nevada theater owners that the fourth sequel to the Spider-Man franchise is tentatively scheduled for a May 2011 release.
This might seem like a case of putting the cart before the horse because the script hasn’t even been written yet, but director Sam Raimi previously stated that he’d be up for returning to the franchise if the script is up to snuff. And Tobey Maguire said he’s be interesting in returning as the title character if Sam Raimi came back. So those are two dominoes that could easily fall in place if the script is quality.
If Spider-Man 4 does hit screens in 2011, it might be joining two other Marvel projects that year, The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers.
It might also put Marvel in the unenviable position of competing with itself. The First Avenger: Captain America is scheduled for May as well (May 6th, to be exact). Since the rights to Spider-Man franchise have been renewed by Sony, Marvel could have very little recourse if that studio decides to release Spider-Man 4 in the same month, or even on the same day.
Source: Los Angeles Times