The year was 2010. Casting news was ramping up about Spider-Man 4, the fourth installment of director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film series for Sony Pictures. John Malkovich was tapped to play The Vulture, and Anne Hathaway was in talks to play Felicia Hardy – who, in this iteration, would not have been the catsuit-wearing thief Black Cat, but would instead be the daughter of The Vulture known as The Vulturess.
That movie came crashing down and Sony ultimately moved on to Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man films before abandoning those and teaming up with Marvel Studios on the Tom Holland-led movies. But a recently uploaded Spider-Man 4 animatic video reveals what a major action set-piece from Raimi’s scrapped movie would have looked like.
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While Marvel hasn’t officially confirmed this one way or another, it’s a pretty safe bet that the upcoming Spider-Man 3 is going to bring in the idea of the MultiVerse. Characters and actors from previous Spider-Man franchises are coming back – Jamie Foxx as Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2. And Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange is on hand as well, further opening up the possibilities for alternate dimensions.
All of this has lead to speculation that previous Spideys Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would be popping up in the film as well. Marvel remains tight-lipped on the whole thing, but in a new interview, current Spider-Man Tom Holland completely shoots down the idea, stating unequivocally that Maguire and Garfield won’t be back. But is he telling the truth?
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J. Jonah Jameson is about to be replete with pictures of Spider-Man. Hot off the news that Alfred Molina would be reprising his role as Doctor Octopus in Sony and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man 3, more casting news has emerged that will give star Tom Holland quite a bit of competition for the best webslinger. A new report reveals that the upcoming Spider-Man 3 will bring back past Peter Parkers, Andrew Garfield from the Amazing Spider-Man movies and Tobey Maguire of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, along with Kirsten Dunst‘s Mary Jane. Emma Stone is also in talks to return as Gwen Stacy.
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In early December, we wrote about how former Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire was once in consideration to play Peter B. Parker in Sony’s Oscar-nominated animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. That role as an older, out of shape web-slinger eventually went to New Girl actor Jake Johnson, but Maguire wasn’t the only former Spider-Man to be on a wishlist for the acclaimed animated feature.
It turns out that Andrew Garfield, who played Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man movies, and Tom Holland, who currently plays Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, were both written into an early version of the screenplay. If all went according to plan, they would have shared a scene with Maguire, which would have united the Spideys for the first time. Read More »
A major part of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is about the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man we’ve known and loved for the past two decades, Peter Parker, passing the mantle to the younger Miles Morales (Shameik Moore). So wouldn’t it have been fitting for Peter Parker to be played by the first actor to bring the character to life on the big screen? Well, it turns out that Tobey Maguire, who played the webslinger in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy from 2002 to 2007, was considered for the part that ultimately went to Jake Johnson.
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The cancellation of Spider-Man 4 still feels like a missed opportunity, especially after how The Amazing Spider-Man movies turned out. Sony pulled the plug on what could’ve allowed Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire to send Spider-Man out on a high note. Instead of waiting to get the script right, the studio decided to reboot quickly instead.
You might all recall what went down with the sequel, but ten years after Spider-Man 3 hit theaters, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and remember the Spider-Man sequel we wanted and never got.
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Over the years, producer Tobey Maguire has been busy. He’s produced The Fifth Wave, Z for Zachariariah, Pawn Sacrifice, and Rock of Ages. In the eight years since Brothers, he’s produced more than acted, although he did very recently provide his voice for the #1 movie in America, Boss Baby. He doesn’t have any acting gigs coming up that we know of, but he is now gearing up to direct an adaptation of Jo Nesbo‘s (a pseudonym) Norwegian novel, “Blood on Snow.”
Below, learn more about the Tobey Maguire directing debut.
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Who is the Worst X-Man Ever? Which Marvel superhero did Beyoncé dress up as at a recent party? What would it take for Alan Tudyk to play Blue Beetle? Who has Robert Downey Jr. invited to the Captain America: Civil War premiere? Why did the Batman v Superman script change after Jesse Eisenberg joined the cast? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Bobby Fischer was a child chess prodigy, the youngest chess grandmaster at the time he was crowned, and eventually the representative of democracy in a politically-charged showdown with Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky that took place in 1972. Bobby Fischer also totally lost it as he aged, becoming a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, despite his own Jewish heritage.
Pawn Sacrifice features Tobey Maguire as Fischer and Liev Schreiber as Spassky, and is structured in a familiar “slice of history” biopic format that shows us Fischer’s childhood and rise to prominence in the chess world while focusing on his duel with Spassky and his disintegrating mental state. Check out the first Pawn Sacrifice trailer below to see how Maguire plays the renowned and broken champion. Read More »
Tobey Maguire plays chess champion Bobby Fischer in the film Pawn Sacrifice, directed by The Last Samurai helmer Ed Zwick. The first real trailer for the film should arrive shortly, given that we’ve got a poster, but for now we’ll have to stick with this debut one-sheet. Fortunately it’s a great image, with Maguire front and center, looking intense and somewhat unhealthy. See the image below. Read More »