Marvel Vice Chairman Peter Cuneo was asked about the status of Spiderman 4 today. Recently there have been rumours that Spiderman 4 and 5 will shoot back to back, however that was not mentioned.
“As far as Spider-man 4, it’s really up to Sony and it up to them, most likely scenario is 2010 or 2011 but we can’t speak for them and I think that we don’t know. They have given us their re-up payment for that film so you know they’re going to make it within a reasonable timeframe. Sony may be looking at some issues with the cast and so on, I think they have to make some decisions.”
The ‘issues with the cast’ bit sounds interesting, and brings up a lot of questions. Will Tobey return? Will Kirsten return? Will any of them return for that matter? The re-up payment means the rights need to be used within a reasonable amount of time, so expect to hear something later in the year or early next year.