The rumours about what form the next Spider-Man movie will take have been circulating ever since the credits rolled at the end of the lame Spider-Man 3. That was even before a fourth installment had even been authorised.
But two years on, the wheels on the old Spider-Man bandwagon are starting to crank up with Spider-Man 4 set for a 2011 release and star Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi both definitely back on board, and possibly Kirsten Dunst to join them.
But, after the conveluted third film, what will the plot of Spider-Man 4 be, and most importantly who will the villain, or maybe villains, be … ?
In true Hollywood tradition let’s pinch as much as we can from the comic books are present some rather intriguing ideas …
5. Spidey Racer
“… he’s a spider on wheels”. For God’s sake, Tobey Maguire is going to be in his late 30s by the time the new film comes out. Get the man a car. He can’t be shooting around the city like he used to. Plus, how dorky is that damn scooter he rides? Maybe he needs something like Batman’s Tumbler. Not the Spider Car that actually appeared in the Marvel comics in the mid-1970s, but was so lame it lasted one edition.
Only if … The Wachowski Brothers replace Raimi as director. (Hmmm … maybe not).
Someone was on something when they came up with this idea, and someone else was on something else when they allowed it to be published. Back in 1994 another comic-book storyline, Life Theft, featured the return of Peter Parker’s dead parents. No, it wasn’t some crazy zombie angle, but some crazy android angle. These mumma and pappa robots have been programmed by Spider-Man villain The Chameleon to find out the web-slinging superhero’s real identity. It ends with Spider-Man entering a cocoon and losing his Peter Parker identity and become a full-time Spider-Man.
Only if … Peter ‘Robo-Cop’ Weller stars as Peter Parker’s dear old half-man half-robot father.
3. Spider-Men Don’t Cry
Introducing Spider-Woman! Spider-Man has been kinda going down that whole earlier Batman series path (think Batman and Robin) with the overflow of characters in Spider-Man 3 anyway. Take this comic story-line from 1999 which sees newspaper editor Jonah Jameson’s niece get her spidey powers from a `magical ceremony’ with Norman Osborn (him again). She actually pretends to be Spider-Man while Peter Parker has a break from the crime-fighting game … and goes to Cancun.
Only if … Hilary Swank plays Spider-Woman. She knows how to fight, and she knows how to play a man.
2. Spidey Daycare!
The idea comes from a pretty recent comic-book storyline, aptly titled Sins of the Past (2004). It paints (or draws) Gwen Stacey as an out-and-out slut who gives birth to two mutant babies. These little bundles of joy grow up thinking they are the off-spring of Peter Parker, and believing he abandoned them, want to kill him. While they actually turned out to be the offspring of dirty old Norman Osborn (Green Goblin), after becoming such a sleazy himbo in Spider-Man 3, I wouldn’t discount them being little Parker bastards.
Only if … Verne ‘Mini Me’ Troyer plays Spider-Man’s mutant baby boy. Him or Danny DeVito.
1. Spider Night Fever
We got a taste of the John Travoltas Spider-Man-style in the last installment. Why not take it a step further by having Peter Parker gyrate his way into the ‘wrong’ nightclub? There, he comes face-to-face with a villain, the Hypno Huster, who hypnotizes people with disco music. Pretty frightening, except if you’re deaf. The story was done in the comics – in the late-’70s, of course. Probably wouldn’t work though. Maguire’s dancing in the last movie was one of the reasons why it was panned.
Only if … The Bee Gees do the soundtrack, Samuel L. Jackson plays the villain, and Travolta makes a cameo.
Contents of this post first appeared on moviecatcher.net