Disney Wants to Rehire Marvel Leaders for Upcoming ‘Spider-Man 4’: Report

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(right to left) Andrew Garfield, Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire variants of Peter Parker/Spider-Man with Spider-Man logo; Marvel Studios

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Will hiring a familiar face help for the next Spider-Man flick?

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'
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The tale of Queens native Peter Parker and the timeless lesson that “with great power comes great responsibility” is now widely recognized. Numerous actors have portrayed New York City’s beloved Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man on screen, drawing from the rich Marvel Comics legacy crafted by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland as Peter Parker hugging
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Spider-Man’s cinematic journey started with Tobey Maguire’s portrayal in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, which ran from 2002 to 2007 (and may see a revival soon). Andrew Garfield then took on the role in The Amazing Spider-Man series, beginning in 2012 and followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014.

Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man
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Under the leadership of Kevin Feige, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has a unique collaboration with Sony, facilitated by their parent company, The Walt Disney Company.

Tom Holland is the latest actor to portray Peter Parker, encountering reimagined versions of classic characters like Aunt May, MJ, Harry Osborn, the Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and Wilson Fisk. Holland debuted in Marvel Studios’ MCU with Captain America: Civil War (2016), followed by the solo film Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017.

Tom Holland as Spider-Man
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Currently, Holland’s Peter Parker is on hiatus, with Spider-Man 4 set to bring him back into the MCU after the mind-wiping events of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).

Now, as production for the upcoming Spider-Man 4 is allegedly drawing closer, new reports suggest that Disney and Marvel have a fairly interesting plan for the film.

Revisiting Marvel for Spider-Man 4

According to anonymous Hollywood and Marvel source My Time To Shine Hello, it appears as if Marvel are looking to rehire former Marvel directors for the new Spider-Man 4. Currently, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the duo who directed Disney+’s (Disney Plus) Ms. Marvel, are allegedly in the mix to lead the new Spider-Man phase post the former “Home” trilogy — Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).

The following was shared by Marvel Film News to X/Twitter:

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are in the mix to direct SPIDER-MAN 4.

(Source: @MyTimeToShineH)

The former Marvel directors, having worked with the vibrant, different, and fun Ms. Marvel, are well known for the overall sense of charm they bring to the MCU table. Whether that unique flavor will be brought on through to a possible Spider-Man 4 is yet to be seen.

Marvel’s new team of street-level heroes will be led by Charlie Cox’s Daredevil/Matt Murdock, returning from his Netflix-era hiatus in this year’s Daredevil: Born Again, alongside Holland’s iconic Spider-Man. Additionally, fans can look forward to the live-action debut of Miles Morales.

The narrative will focus on Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio), who was established in Hawkeye (2021) and Echo (2023). The storyline will culminate with Kingpin running for Mayor of New York City, posing a significant challenge for the street-level heroes who must face an anti-vigilante Mayor Fisk. There is also speculation that Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson/Captain America might intersect with these events in Captain America: Brave New World.

With the fourth Spider-Man movie unexpectedly accelerated in production, there are concerns that Marvel Studios might rush its release to meet Sony’s demands, thus protecting Sony Pictures’ film rights to Spider-Man. This raises the question of whether such a rush will compromise the quality of the new Spider-Man film and the overarching, restructured, “grounded” storyline of the MCU.

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