Sam Raimi’s 1 Spider-Man 4 Requirement Perfectly Sets Up Peter Parker’s Most Controversial Story

Sam Raimi’s comments on Spider-Man 4 point in the direction of an infamous comic book storyline that already influenced the MCU’s Peter Parker.

Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker enters through a portal with Kirsten Dunst and Spider-Man web-slings in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man

Sam Raimi’s comments on a possible Spider-Man 4 starring Tobey Maguire point at the adaptation of one particularly polemic Marvel Comics storyline. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy ended in 2007 with Spider-Man 3, the highest-grossing installment in the trilogy but also the worst-reviewed. Although Raimi moved forward with the now-canceled plans for Spider-Man 4 almost immediately after Spider-Man 3‘s release, the director eventually decided a sequel wouldn’t do the previous trilogy any justice, and Sony canceled the project in order to reboot the franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man.

Long after The Amazing Spider-Man2 gave way to the MCU’s Spider-Man movies, what Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man4 would have looked like is still a subject of discussion for Marvel fans. Tobey Maguire’s return in Spider-Man: No Way Home only added fuel to the fire, as it opened the door for more stories following an older Peter Parker. Shortly afterward, Sam Raimi’s return to the superhero genre in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could be read as a step in the right direction for Spider-Man 4, and the director’s recently shared ideas delineate his vision for the film.

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 Requirements, Explained

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Custom image of Kirsten Dunst, Tobey Maguire, and James Franco in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

Speaking to TheWrap in April 2024, Sam Raimi confirmed that he isn’t involved in any Marvel project, but admitted that if he were to make Spider-Man 4, he would highlight the advanced point in the journey Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man finds himself in. Given that Spider-Man: No Way Home revisited Maguire’s Peter Parker fourteen years after Spider-Man 3‘s ending, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 would likely delve into Peter Parker’s maturity and a new outlook on his superhero responsibilities with more than twenty-five years of superhero career on his shoulders. Read Sam Raimi’s full comments below:

“I think if we were to make a fourth ‘Spider-Man’ film, we’d probably have to figure out the journey that Tobey Maguire his character would be going on, and what obstacles he had to overcome to achieve that growth personally. And I hope that the villain would be chosen based on a representation of that obstacle.”

Sam Raimi’s comments are rather vague, but they showcase his care for Spider-Man’s inner growth. Raimi’s original plans for Spider-Man 4, with John Malkovitch playing Vulture and Anne Hathaway playing Black Cat, likely wouldn’t fit Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man after all these years. Instead, Sam Raimi would likely rewrite Spider-Man 4 from scratch and choose a new villain — possibly one that the MCU’s Spider-Man movies and Sony’s Spider-Man Universe films haven’t and likely won’t use in the near future.

Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man Is Perfectly Set Up For The Infamous “One More Day” Storyline

Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker Has A Lot To Risk In Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4

Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker with Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and One More Day Marvel Comics Storyline

When all three Spider-Men talked about their love life in Spider-Man: No Way HomeTobey Maguire’s Peter Parker said that he and Mary Jane “made it work”, suggesting that they had more relationship trouble after Spider-Man 3 ended, but eventually ironed out their differences and likely settled together for good. Peter’s relationship with Mary Jane would be a key aspect of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4, and following the director’s comments, it would tie directly into the movie’s main villain. In the comics, the villain who has affected Peter Parker and Mary Jane’s relationship the most is Mephisto, in the infamous storyline One More Day.

Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Joe Quesada in 2007, One More Day sees Peter Parker make a deal with Mephisto, exchanging his happy marriage with Mary Jane for Aunt May’s resurrection and the reversal of his secret identity’s public reveal. Spider-Man: No Way Home already adapted several plot points from One More Day, but Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 can also draw inspiration from its main themes now that Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man has plenty to lose. Mary Jane, Peter’s renewed will to fight as Spider-Man after mentoring a younger Spidey, and a child could be on the line.

After One More Day , it was eventually revealed that Mephisto offered Spider-Man the deal because Peter Parker’s daughter is destined to defeat the villain someday.

Why One More Day Is So Controversial & How The MCU Could Make It Work

One More Day’s Magical Twist Keeps Spider-Man Stuck To The Status Quo

Featured Image: Spider-Man and Mary Jane webslinging (left); Peter and Mary Jane getting married over NYC skyline (right)

One More Day is an infamous part of Spider-Man’s 60-year history due to its rather forced ploy to keep the status quo in Peter Parker’s life. Spider-Man had finally moved on from his eternal teenager image, and life-changing events like Aunt May’s death, his marriage with Mary Jane, and the reveal of his real identity had opened the door for vastly different stories than what readers were used to for decades. Once One More Day ended, Spider-Man was back at square one, and no one but him and Mephisto were aware of it.

Spider-Man: No Way Home gave One More Day a massive overhaul by emphasizing Peter Parker’s sacrifice and establishing clear consequences for Doctor Strange’s memory-wiping spell. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 could skip the magical elements altogether and only base its plot around One More Day’s main conflict, with Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man having to decide whether to sacrifice everything he’s built with Mary Jane throughout the years or continue his superhero journey well into his forties and fifties. A final farewell after a possible appearance in Avengers: Secret Wars could conclude Spider-Man’s journey in Sam Raimi’s Marvel universe on a high note.

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