Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire either left the movie franchise, or were asked to leave the film series by Sony Pictures. This does not come as a suprise to me, because the studio and Raimi have been in disagreement over who the villain would be for the upcoming film. The tension must have become too much for both sides, causing this once amazing partnership to fall apart.
They went through a similar battle with Spider-Man 3, the studio wanted Venom in the film and Raimi did not. They eventually came to a compromise where Venom and The Sandman were in the film, but it turned out to be a total mess. The film was full of plot holes, poor dialouge and Venom felt rushed and stupid. It's considered by many to be the worst of the Spider-Man series, myself included and I love Spider-Man. It would seem more likely that Raimi and the cast would choose not to work on the film anymore, as they probably did not want to churn out another confusing pile of slop.
In this case, I'm fine with the fact that Raimi and the cast will not be making a Spider-Man 4. I'd rather see nothing at all than a repeat of Spider-Man 3. The studio has stated that they already have a script written for a reboot of the movie franchise. In this film Peter Parker will be back in High School and will be dealing with the everyday hassles of a young man that can cling to walls. As you can probably imagine, those hassles are numerous! A reboot is fine at this point, just don't do an origin story! Here are some things that I would reccomend doing for the new movie.
1. Do not do an origin story! It has not been 15 or so years since the original Spider-Man came out. We all know what his powers are and how he got them, just have him be Spider-Man from the very beginning. A short montage is really all you need if you must have an origin explanation.
2. Have Spider-Man be funny! It's one of the best things about Spider-Man. He ruthlessly makes fun of his opponents while he's knocking their teeth out. It helps provide a contrast to the shy and soft spoken Peter Parker. Spider-Man was not funny in the first three movies, and it was always something that bothered me.
3. Have him fight just one villain! More than one villain is too much for one movie. Do not fall into the same trap that the Batman movies did, one is plenty. My personal reccomendation would be The Lizard, but there are still plenty to choose from. Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Electro, The Rhino or The Vulture are all good choices.
4. Keep J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson! This guy was born to play this character! Do not try and replace him with someone else, whoever does the casting will regret it for the rest of their lives.
Those are just a few things I would do to make sure the next Spider-Man movie is entertaining. If you guys have any other ideas, I would love to hear about them. Please feel free to leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time,