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Spider-Man 4 Might Still Happen

In a recent turn of events, Thomas Haden Church, who you might recall played the villain Sandman in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, hinted at potential rumors of a new Spider-Man film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire.

In an engaging conversation, Church discussed the possibility of Raimi directing another installment of the Spider-Man franchise, with Maguire reprising his role as Peter Parker. He expressed a keen interest in being involved if such a project were to materialize.

“I’ve always heard whispers that Sam Raimi might helm another Spider-Man movie with Tobey Maguire…”

–Thomas Haden Church

“…and if that happens, I would probably make an effort to at least make a cameo,” Church mentioned during his interview with ComicBook.

As fans of the web-slinging superhero may remember, Church appeared in 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, a film where Maguire, along with Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield, reprised his role as Spider-Man.

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Raimi, the mastermind behind the Spider-Man trilogy that Maguire starred in from 2002 to 2007, recently directed 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. He also expressed openness to directing a fourth Spider-Man film in a past conversation with ComicBook.

“After making Doctor Strange, I’ve realized that anything is possible in the Marvel universe, including various team-ups,” Raimi shared. “I have great affection for Tobey and Kirsten Dunst. I believe all things are possible. While I don’t have a specific story or plan yet, I’d love the opportunity to work with Tobey again, even if it wasn’t for a Spider-Man movie. However, I’m not sure what Marvel’s current thoughts on this would be, and I haven’t actively pursued it as yet.”

Spider-Man’s Cinematic Journey

Ah, Spider-Man, one of the most iconic superheroes to swing through the silver screen! Let’s delve into the history of this web-slinging sensation, shall we?

Our cinematic journey with Spider-Man began in 2002 with Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’. The film introduced us to Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker, a high school nerd-turned-superhero after a fateful encounter with a genetically modified spider. His world is further shaken up by the emergence of the Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe. The film was a massive success, earning rave reviews and igniting a love for the character that would only grow in the coming years.

The 2004 sequel, ‘Spider-Man 2,’ saw our hero face off against Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina). The movie delved deeper into Peter Parker’s struggle to balance his everyday life with his superhero duties, a theme that became a staple in the franchise.

‘Spider-Man 3’ came out in 2007, rounding off Raimi’s trilogy. This film saw Spidey go up against Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and a new Green Goblin (James Franco), while also battling his own dark side when an alien symbiote takes over him. Though it was a box-office success, it didn’t quite hit the high notes with critics and fans alike.

After Raimi’s trilogy, the franchise was rebooted in 2012 with ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, with Andrew Garfield stepping into the Spidey suit and Emma Stone playing Gwen Stacy. This film and its sequel, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ (2014), attempted to give a fresh spin on Peter Parker’s story but didn’t quite capture the magic of the original trilogy.

tom holland as the avengers spider-man

Then came the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) version of Spider-Man, with young British actor Tom Holland portraying the character in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016). Holland’s Spider-Man brought youthful energy and fun that resonated with fans, leading to his standalone films ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (2017) and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ (2019).

The most recent installment, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021), was a cinematic event. It brought together the three generations of Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland all donning the iconic suit once more. A bold move that paid off, offering fans the ultimate nostalgic treat.

Through all the ups and downs, one thing is clear: Spider-Man’s journey in cinema has been as thrilling as a swing through New York’s skyscrapers. And with the recent hints from Thomas Haden Church and Sam Raimi, who knows what’s next in store for our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man?

If Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 does come to fruition, it will bring us full circle though do not worry about Holland – he is expected to continue in the role for additional Avenger adventures.


Lori has been a science-fiction fan since the age of 12. She is owner of as well as and chaired Tachycon, science fiction convention, for 13 years.

Written by Lori Anne Brown

Lori has been a science-fiction fan since the age of 12. She is owner of as well as and chaired Tachycon, science fiction convention, for 13 years.

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