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Sam Raimi Has Total Faith in Marvel's Spider-Man

By Brian Gallagher — July 19th, 2015

Now that Sony Pictures and Marvel are finally joining forces on a new Spider-Man movie, fans have been voicing their pleasure and displeasure with the news of a third Spidey reboot in 15 years. Tom Holland has signed on to play Peter Parker, with the studios offering Marisa Tomei the Aunt May role. One person we haven't heard from yet regarding this new web-slinger is director Sam Raimi, who directed Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. While promoting his upcoming Starz TV series Ash Vs. Evil Dead at Comic-Con, the director told MTV that he thought Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were "great," and expressed his excitement that the studios are bringing Peter Parker back to high school.

"I saw [both Marc Webb movies], they're great. And I'm really glad that Marvel is taking it to high school. I think that's gonna be refreshing, and just like my favorite of the Spider-Man comic-books. And I have a lot of faith that they really know their stuff. The difficulty of going through high school is so unique to a superhero. It's unique and that's what Spider-Man is all about, so that they're gonna explore that head on is very exciting."

Tom Holland will first debut as Peter Parker in next year's Captain America: Civil War, which is currently shooting in Atlanta, before taking on his own Spider-Man adventure. Jon Watts (Cop Car) is directing, with John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, who wrote and directed the upcoming Vacation reboot, set to write the screenplay. It isn't known when production will begin yet, but Sony Pictures has already given a July 28, 2017 release date for the reboot.

It has been rumored that the first Spider-Man will be the first installment of a new trilogy, which is entirely set in high school. Each movie will reportedly take place during one year of high school, with the first skipping over the origin story about how Spidey gets his powers, that was already told in Sam Raimi and Marc Webb's movies. Spider-Man will already be an established hero, as he tries to juggle his school work with cleaning up the streets of New York.

What isn't known at this time is if the studios plan on using Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, or both characters as potential love interests for Peter Parker. Producer Kevin Feige recently likened the new take on Spidey to a John Hughes movie, with the story featuring a brand new villain. What do you think about Sam Raimi's comments? Let us know what you think, check out Sam Raimi's video interview about Spider-Man.

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