Sam Raimi indulges in another one of his Silver Age fantasies as he imagines making Spidey IV with the Sinister Six as the villains:
Ultimately, if Sony considers the price tag too high for another Raimi/Maguire/Dunst collaboration, then the negotiations would turn to keeping Raimi onboard as a producer only. “I would still hope that Sony would offer it to me [to direct] first,” he said. “But that is not my place to say; it would be more about if Sony decided not to go with me. If not, it would be really up to them to come to a solution [for me to still be involved as a producer].”
Either way, if this tangled web does still involve the filmmaker, Raimi has been busy brainstorming about the villains he’d like to get into the next flick. “I would love to see Electro, Vulture, maybe the Sinister Six as a team,” he said.
Over at the Motley Fool, analyst Rick Munarriz frets about Marvel’s move to producing its own movies:
I hate to pick on Marvel (NYSE: MVL), but the disappointing box-office receipts for both Spider-Man 3 and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer have to be troubling for a company that’s about to start rolling out its own action flicks. Disappointing? You think I’m insane, right? After all, Spider-Man 3 smashed the all-time opening weekend record for a theatrical release. The F4 sequel wasn’t as highly anticipated, yet it managed to narrowly beat its predecessor in ticket sales during its first weekend at the multiplex.
Munarriz goes on to argue that the swift box-office declines of these films spelled disappointment, and thinks superheros aren’t as reliable as they used to be. Surely, Marvel’s production path is fraught with peril, but IRON MAN looks pretty solid with a competent director (Favreau) and A-list cast. EVERYTHING drops off at the box office now, as the opening weekend sweepstakes and flood of sequels make it an all-or-nothing race to Monday morning. Still, America’s, nay the world’s love affair with the panties and capes bunch is sure to wax and wane. Marvel could get caught in some freakish mix of circumstances and lose the movie rights to ANT-MAN forever. A lot will happen between now and 2010.