If you've seen Spider-Man 3 then you know what kind of a train wreck it was. It was so bad that when Spider-Man 4 was announced no one seemed interested in seeing it. Even Sam Raimi admits that Spider-Man 3 was a let down. He has said this several times and most recently states:
I think having so many villains detracted from the experience. I would agree with the criticism.
Spider-Man 4 is going to start shooting soon, and many fans are worried that it is going to be another let down. I don't think that will happen. Raimi recognizes that Spider-Man 3 wasn't that good, and they have learned from their mistakes. I don't think they will screw this one up. Raimi said he had learned some new lessons and storytelling tricks from his recent horror flick Drag Me to Hell which was a smaller and more intimate production. Here is what he says:
I think I've learned about the importance of getting to the point and the importance of having limitations, and I'm hoping to take that into a production where I'm actually allowed to explore with more of the tools to pull it off with a little more splendour. I hope I don't lose that edge that I've just found. That would be my approach to Spider-Man 4: to get back to the basics.
As of right now, no story details have been revealed for the new Spider-Man 4 film. All we know is that Raimi loves telling stories about Peter Parker and his alter ego Spider-Man. The character intrigues him. If he didn't, he wouldn't be making a fourth film. As for any other comic book films he would like to make a movie out of he says:
I've always loved the Shadow. I tried to get the chance to direct the movie years ago but they wouldn't hire me. I read a few of the pulp novels that they had and the character was very mysterious. I liked the intensity with which he dealt with his foes. It was uncompromising.
I am getting more excited for Spider-Man 4. Now that everyone is back on the project, and it's gone through a couple of great screenwriters, and they aren't going to make the same mistakes they made in part three, I can't help but think Spider-Man 4 is going to blow us away. Only time will tell. What are your thoughts on the matter?