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

by Sam Raimi 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 the films are considered the establishment of the superhero genre and by some fans the groundwork for what has become Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Now Raimi’s role in forming Marvel has come full circle as he leads Multiverse of Madness. He first returned as a consultant on No coming home, and now Raimi’s fans are cheering him on to direct a Spider-Man movie. The director claimed that wouldn’t happen with Tom Holland in the role. Talk to Los Angeles Timesthe director said:


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

In particular, Raimi Spider-Man Trilogy introduced Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, who is still considered the best live-action iteration of the character. Maguire also made an appearance in No coming home, making a comeback as a web crawler. reacting to No coming homeRaimi added:

I loved No Way Home. I thought it was a thrill ride for the audience. The crowd I was with was ooh-ing and ahh-ing, and they had a big heart. It was great to see my old friends again.

Sam Raimi’s idea may still be possible

After Raimi’s trilogy disbanded, the character of Spider Man went through two iterations in the live-action format. First, Andrew Garfield took over as The Amazing Spider-Man Serieswhich was rebooted again with the character making her MCU debut via Captain America: Civil War. Tom Holland played the last version of Spider-Man and has since appeared in six films in the franchise.

However, with Spider-Man: No Coming Home, things changed for the character as the film tapped into the multiverse. Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man has been turned into canon for the MCU, giving him room to appear in future MCU movies through multiversal journeys. Raimi himself welcomed the idea and expressed interest in doing a Spider-Man movie with Maguire. His fans were also supportive of the idea, and Maguire’s return as Spider-Man surely left a lot of charm.

Return to No coming home was a long-awaited return for Maguire, not just as Spider-Man but to acting in general. He was set to reprise his role in a fourth Spider-Man film and he had also begun preparations for this one; however, Sony canceled the film due to poor reception against Spiderman 3a movie that Raimi has always rooted for.

Now among all the alternate realities there is also one where Maguire’s version of Spider-Man exists and due to the possible multiversal travel there may still be hope for No coming home-like crossovers. As for Raimi’s decision not to run Holland’s Spiderman 4 seems logical given his desire to continue with his original plans, which he must have misplaced earlier. He has previously said he has no active plans to continue Spider-Man Trilogyand it may take a long time before and if that happens, given Marvel Studios’ success with Dutch films.

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