Spider-Man 4 coming May 2011

May 2011, according to producer Laura Ziskin via The LA Times Blog, is the tentative date for the fourth installment in one of the most successful franchises in history.  However, without a completed script or having Sam Raimi signed back on, who knows if Sony Pictures’ and Ziskin’s estimates will ring true.

Another key component (or not so key?) that hasn’t signed back on yet is Tobey Maguire.  He’s going to be 35 by the time the movie is completed.  Is he really a viable candidate to continue on as Peter Parker/Spider Man?  We’ve seen older people play characters decently before, most recently illustrated in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, with Harrison Ford.  However, Peter Parker is supposed to be a  younger guy… can we really believe that a 35 year old Tobey Maguire can pull it off?

Personally, if they’re going to pull this off with Maguire, Sony and Ziskin will have to get going really quick.  I know that a lot of the components of the movie aren’t done yet, but they’re losing valuable time.  Yes, Indiana Jones proved that a lot of people will wait a long time for “the next installment”, but Spider Man isn’t exactly the kind of character you can have just age like crazy.  I think either Maguire needs to get signed on ASAP so they can start some work, or they need to start looking for a new Peter Parker.

Time is against them.

Do you think Tobey Maguire can still do Spider Man at age 35?

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