Neither Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst nor director Sam Raimi have yet committed themselves to this project, but Sony Pictures has given "Spider-Man 4" a tentative release date. According to the Los Angeles Times, producer Laura Ziskin has recently dished to theater owners from California and Nevada that a fourth installment of the franchise will hit theaters in May 2011.
The script isn't even finished, but it's no surprise that Sony has paid Marvel for contractual rights to keep the series going. The recent box-office take of "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" as well as anticipated high returns for "The Dark Knight" prove that moviegoers haven't tired of the superhero genre. Additionally, the new "Hulk" proved that audiences will accept a new actor in the leading role if it works. Considering that Sony almost ditched Maguire for Jake Gyllenhaal before "Spider-Man 2," the 32-year-old actor may want to keep in shape if he wants to cash another big, fat paycheck.
Marvel Studios has also been planning to release "The First Avenger: Captain America" on May 6, 2011. Which studio is most likely to seek a more suitable calendar date for its spandex debut?