Things are definitely afoot with Peter Parker. First, we brought you the exclusive news that Spider-Man 4 and 5might shoot at the same time. Now Marvel's Vice President Peter Cuneo has confirmed that Sony has made their payment to Marvel to renew their rights.

According to Cuneo, "As far as Spider-Man 4, it's really up to Sony and it up to them, most likely scenario is 2010 or 2011 but we can't speak for them and I think that we don't know. They have given us their re-up payment for that film so you know they're going to make it within a reasonable timeframe. Sony may be looking at some issues with the cast and so on, I think they have to make some decisions."

IESB.net, who brought us this news (and have a bunch more, including stuff on the Spidey musical), argues that the tone of Cuneo's voice suggests that it all hinges on casting, and there's still no word yet on whether Sam Raimi will return to helm. Disappointment was rampant with Spider-Man 3, but I think it's safe to say most people want the old team. (Well, except Kirsten Dunst -- it seems like everyone wants her recast, and despite her complaints, I bet she would come back.) Certainly, Sony re-staking the property means there won't be any Marvel crossovers with this hero any time soon.



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