After taking a couple years off to try to rid himself of that nasty Spider-Man 3 stench, our favorite webbed superhero will officially return to the big screen on May 5, 2011, as per a joint announcement today from IMAX Corporation and Columbia Pictures. The fourth installment of the popular series will arrive in IMAX theaters and conventional theaters on the same day, though none of the film's scenes will be shot in IMAX, nor will Spidey 4 arrive in 3D.
'Spider-Man 4' Nabs a Release Date
However, fans will be happy to know that director Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst will all be back for the sequel, though expect this to be their last go-round together since Raimi will be moving on to his planned World of Warcraft adaptation. So does that mean this film will act as a sort of torch-passing to a new Spider-Man? They've already announced plans to shoot Spider-Man 5 and 6 at the same time, since they share a story arc – but will part four lead us smoothly into that transition? How would you like to see the Spidey suit passed on to another actor should that be the route they're taking?
And, I'm sorry, but how come this film isn't in 3D? Out of all the superheroes, I definitely thought Spider-Man's swinging through the canyons of New York City would've looked great in 3D…but I guess it's not meant to be. (Hey, that rhymes!)
So who's really looking forward to a new Spider-Man film?
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Erik is a leading movie commentator who has worked for outlets such as AOL Moviefone and Movies.com.