This Is Why Sam Raimi Won’t Direct Tom Holland’s Spider-Man 4

Posted 2022/05/13 2 0

Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness marked the director’s return to Marvel after his stint with the Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007). Raimi’s work on the original Spider-Man films is regarded as the establishment of the superhero genre and by some fans as foundation work for what became Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Now Raimi’s role in shaping up Marvel has come full circle as he helmed Multiverse of Madness. He first returned as a consultant on No Way Home, and now Raimi’s fans are rooting for him to direct a Spider-Man movie. The director has claimed that it won’t happen with Tom Holland in the role. Talking to Los Angeles Times, the director said:

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I love Spider-Man. And I love Tom Holland in the role. [But] if I made a Spider-Man movie, it would probably have to be with Tobey or he’d break my neck.

Notably, Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy featured Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, which is still regarded as the best iteration of the character in live-action. Maguire also made an appearance in No Way Home, making his comeback as the web-crawler. Reacting to No Way Home, Raimi added:

I loved No Way Home. I thought it was a complete audience thrill ride. The crowd I was with were ooh-ing and ahh-ing, and it had a great heart to it. It was great seeing my old friends again.

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After Raimi’s trilogy was disbanded, the character of Spider-Man went through two iterations in live-action format. Firstly, Andrew Garfield took over in The Amazing Spider-Man Series, which once again was rebooted with the character debuting in the MCU via Captain America: Civil War. Tom Holland played the latest version of Spider-Man and has since appeared in six films in the franchise.

However, with Spider-Man: No Way Home, things changed for the character as the film tapped into the multiverse. Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man was made canon to the MCU, leaving room for him to appear in future MCU films through multiversal travel. Raimi himself has lauded the idea and has expressed interest in making a Spider-Man film with Maguire. His fans have equally supported the idea and Maguire’s return as Spider-Man has surely left many spell-bounded.

Making his comeback in No Way Home was a long-awaited comeback for Maguire, not just as Spider-Man but to acting in general. He was due to reprise his role in a fourth Spider-Man film and he had begun preparations for it as well; however, Sony canceled the film owing to poor reception against Spider-Man 3, a film which Raimi has always rooted for.

Now, among all alternate realities, there is also one where Maguire’s version of Spider-Man exists and due to the multiversal travel possible, there can always be hope for No Way Home-like crossovers. As for Raimi’s decision to not direct Holland’s Spider-Man 4 seems logical given his longing to continue his original plans, which he had to leave astray earlier. He has earlier cleared that he has no active plans to continue Spider-Man Trilogy, and it may be a long while before and if that happens, given Marvel Studios’ success with Holland’s films.

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