With Spider-Man about to get a big screen reboot, many of us may be wondering why the movie series started under director Sam Raimi and star Toby Maguire just didn’t continue.
Marvel exec Avi Arad says there’s a good reason for it–they didn’t have a strong enough idea for a fourth installment.
Arad tells Omelete no one involved could write a compelling enough story to justify the next installment and keep Raimi and Maguire under contract.
rad said they opted to go back to the beginning and dig into some of the early Peter Parker tales that were glossed over when Tobey Maguire’s version of Spidey quickly headed into adulthood.
“It wasn’t a time issue, it wasn’t like ‘It’s been 10 years, so time to do another one.’ As many of you know…we were working on what was called Spider-Man 4, and it was the same team,” he says. “The problem was, we didn’t have a story that was strong enough, and warranted making another movie. And Sam Raimi…just realized we don’t have a good reason to make another one. Between him and Tobey [Maguire] and the studio, we all went into it not feeling good about the next story… So we felt, particularly Sam [Raimi] that he’d already told his story, and it was with a heavy heart, because we’d been together 10 years.”