Raimi talks Spider-Man 4 with Dunst
Sam Raimi has been talking about Spider-Man 4, finally, and has revealed that he is working wit the writers and producers to see what the story will be. Now that's the first worrying piece of news about the project because you know who the producers are and what they are capable of with their projects – throw more villains at it, make it less serious and more comic-like – oh dear.
Of course there's some other interesting news in that it looks like the film won't happen without Mary Jane aka Kirsten Dunst.
Sam Raimi was interviewed about the film and revealed a number of titbits about Spider-Man 4, however he's not wanting to talk about who the bad guy is, or the bad guys, and that's an important thing to point out.
Despite the mistake in the MTV article through SciFi Wire which makes you unsure what he's really trying to say, I think the gist of it is that Sam Raimi is talking about “villain or villains” and has been adamant to say that a few times in the interview – the mistake is that during the quote MTV write villains or villains, which I think is a mistake typing on their part, not Raimi's.
However what that suggests is that the film is open to one villain, and if the producers are sitting there shouting “throw three at him at once and dilute their stories and his and make sure it's a mess because that's what we do”, Raimi is pushing back and has hope that there may only be one. Did I just say that line?!
He points out that they have not been working on Spider-Man 5, this is just the fourth film they are talking about. He goes on to say:
“We’re definitely talking about working from all the material in the comic books and nothing [invented] outside of that...All the characters or villains or villains, whatever we decide to do will be from Stan Lee’s creations or those that came after him.”
Now that's the bit that I think they actually meant to write “villain or villains” since the article then goes on to talk about the singular versus the plural and that he said it twice in the interview.
Raimi did say that they have a pretty good idea who that would turn out to be, but right now they aren't saying a single thing about the bad guy.
“I can’t imagine making a ‘Spider-Man’ movie without Kirsten,” he said, seemingly contemplating the idea in his head with a long pause. “Of course it can be done because Spider Man has existed without the character of Mary-Jane but she’s one of my favorite parts and it would be a shame not to have her in the picture. I’m hoping she’ll be in it and I’m planning on having a story with her in it.”
Well that's good news. I think if he can keep the producers in check and run the film, as he did with the first and second, then we can see a return to form for Spider-Man. However I'm wondering with the fourth if Raimi wants to bow out on a high rather than the low of the third.