Good Spider-Man Movies: 2001-2010. RIP.
The question of whether or not the movie industry would have an earth-shaking, massive angry-talent/angry-studio story of the year to match Leno vs. Conan vs. NBC has been answered. Deadline Hollywood is reporting - and Sony is confirming - that the difficulties surrounding "Spider-Man 4" (read: Sam Raimi won't budge on using the characters/plot he wants to) have led to a major shakeup: Raimi is gone, along with the ENTIRE cast and continuity of the series up to this point: http://www.deadline.com/hollywood/urgent-spider-man-4-scrapped-as-is-raimi-and-cast-out-franchise-reboot-planned/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
It's over. The series is done.
Sony's plan - detailed enough for anyone to conclude that this is what they ultimately wanted for a long time now - is to RE-START the whole thing. Peter Parker back in high-school, "Ultimate Marvel"-style. New go-round of the origin, newer, younger actors in the roles.
A re-boot. Of a franchise that isn't even a decade old. The last installment of which broke $300 Million US. This the "nightmare scenario" everyone was worried about when the remake/reboot thing went started to get out of control.
The only positive to come out of this is a creatively-freed Sam Raimi. Everything else... WOW, this is going to suck. The whole history of this series has been Raimi and his people holding fast against bad ideas from the studio. Can you IMAGINE what a "hip young teenaged" Spider-Man is going to look like with only Sony and whatever jobber filmmaker donates his body to this in charge? The mind reels at whom they might cast - remember, before Raimi stepped in Freddie Prinze Jr. was going to get the part. And you can probably bet good money that Venom will turn up right away... and probably Carnage, too, along with every other worthless fucking 90s Spidey villain that still moves a fucking t-shirt.