Spider-Man: No Way Home was a box office smash and opened the doors to the multiverse. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, hitting theaters next week, will continue to explore the multiverse in ways the MCU has never seen.
Director Sam Raimi is at the helm of the highly-anticipated sequel and while fans are certainly excited, a lot of fans want him to finally tackle his Spider-Man 4 project that was axed many years ago. While speaking with European movie outlet, Moviepilot, Raimi expressed his interest in tackling his Spidey pic, “I didn’t think it was possible but after jumping back in with the multiverse, I realised that anything is possible now so I’m completely open to it.”
Spider-Man 4 was the planned sequel to Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, for what would have been the fourth film in Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man film series that was slated to release on May 6, 2011. Raimi considered showcasing the transformation of Dr. Curt Connors into the Lizard, with Dylan Baker reprising his role. He also had plans to upgrade Bruce Campbell to a more significant role than his prior cameos. In December 2009, it was reported that John Malkovich was in talks to play the Vulture|Vulture, with Anne Hathaway playing Black Cat.
Sadly, Spider-Man 4 was caught up in a web of disagreements that kept it from being released in May 2011 as planned. Further complicating things, Raimi reportedly went through four revisions of the script, with different writers, and still “hated it”. With so many issues, Sony cancelled the film in January 2010.
11 years later, Spider-Man: No Way Home brought back Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man alongside Andrew Garfield’s from the Marc Webb movies. The film would end up grossing over $1.8 billion at the worldwide box office, with positive reviews from both critics and fans. The success has also led fans to voice their support for an Andrew Garfield-led The Amazing Spider-Man 3.