According to The Hollywood Reporter, hot off his Oscar win for the visual effects in Spider-Man 2, John Dykstra is suiting up for a ride on Columbia Pictures' Hot Wheels as visual effects designer for director McG rather than sign on for Spider-Man 3.

"I will miss all the terrific people I worked with on 'Spider-Man,' " Dykstra said. "But this is a great opportunity. I'm an adrenaline junkie; it's an avocation. And what's cool about 'Hot Wheels' is it allows us to explore the language of cars -- from NASA Formula One, to tuners, hot rods, classics, dinosaur cars, monster trucks and so on."

Sony Imageworks' Scott Stokdyk, who also won an Oscar for his work on Spider-Man 2, has stepped in to fill Dykstra's shoes on Spider-Man 3. Dykstra was visual effects designer on the first two Spider-Man films, on which Stokdyk was visual effects supervisor.

Brian B.