It’s official, director Sam Raimi and lead actor Tobey Maguire will return for the next two Spider-Man movies, which may even shoot back-to-back! Kirsten Dunst, who plays the hero’s love interest Mary Jane Watson, is not locked in but she’s expected to return as well (it’s not like she has anything else going on right now). Earlier this week, Bryce Dallas Howard expressed interest in returning as Gwen Stacy, the competing love interest she played in Spider-Man 3 (more on that here). My advice, kill off Kirsten in the opening credits, continue with Bryce.
As for the villain, though it hasn’t been officially announced, most people believe it will be The Lizard, as his human persona was featured in the two previous movies (played by Dylan Bakers). But then again, most people thought The Lizard would be the third movie’s villain. James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) has been writing the films, the first of which will come out in May 2011.
In related news, a Venom spin-off is still planned, and Topher Grace, the actor who portrayed him in Spider-Man 3, will most likely star despite previous reports to the contrary. It is unknown as to when a Venom movie can be expected. Also, what would Venom do on his own?
Finally, that Spider-Man 4 auction ended at a whooping 28100 dollars. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read this.