It’s official, after three incredibly successful films and a US box office gross of over $1 Billion, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment are parting ways with the actor and director team that made the Spider-Man movie franchise the mega-hit it is. When Spider-Man 4 reaches theaters in 2012, Tobey Maguire won’t be underneath the iconic red and blue suit and Sam Raimi won’t be behind the camera lens; instead the film is going to try a “new direction” and a “fresh start” for this next chapter. The entire press release from Sony can be seen here.
It was less than a week ago that word leaked out John Malkovich would portray super-villain Vulture for this fourth installment, but the bombshell that Tobey and Sam are now out throws quite a sizeable wrench in those plans. In fact, question marks follow almost everyone in the proposed cast as this sequel is intended as a “reboot” with Peter Parker once again an unsuspecting high school student bitten by a genetically altered spider.
While fans of the web-head await confirmation on who will be starring in and directing this highly anticipated follow-up, our suggestion for Spidey supporters is to check out our wide array of Marvel and Comic Book Costumes. With choices for adults, kids, men or women, find your perfect alter-ego for a disguise party or to save the world from nefarious scientists. Spider-Man may have been knocked down a peg by the departures of Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi, but he’ll be back to full strength soon enough!