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Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can -- but what Spidey can't appear to do is settle on a release date for 'Spider-Man 4.' As we previously reported, the latest installment of the web-slinging franchise has found itself tangled in a web of delays thanks to indecision over the script; director Sam Raimi is allegedly experiencing some resistance from Sony over his plan to focus solely on feathered nemesis the Vulture in Spidey's fourth outing.

Sony, apparently having learned nothing from the convoluted mess of 'Spider-Man 3' and its cavalcade of villains (Sandman, Venom and Green Goblin II) are pushing for the inclusion of slinky cat-burglar the Black Cat as a romantic foil for Peter Parker and his wall-crawling alter-ego.

Now, the man behind the spandex is throwing in his two cents; although judging by his recent comments to the Associated Press, webs aren't the only thing Tobey Maguire is adept at spinning. Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can -- but what Spidey can't appear to do is settle on a release date for 'Spider-Man 4.' As we previously reported, the latest installment of the web-slinging franchise has found itself tangled in a web of delays thanks to indecision over the script; director Sam Raimi is allegedly experiencing some resistance from Sony over his plan to focus solely on feathered nemesis the Vulture in Spidey's fourth outing.

Sony, apparently having learned nothing from the convoluted mess of 'Spider-Man 3' and its cavalcade of villains (Sandman, Venom and Green Goblin II) are pushing for the inclusion of slinky cat-burglar the Black Cat as a romantic foil for Peter Parker and his wall-crawling alter-ego.

Now, the man behind the spandex is throwing in his two cents; although judging by his recent comments to the Associated Press, webs aren't the only thing Tobey Maguire is adept at spinning. "Not only do I have specific ideas, but the ideas are evolving on the page," Maguire said of the developing script. "It's all happening right now. It's all sort of coming together. It's very exciting to me. I think the evolution of the character is really exciting, to be rooted in the history of what we've done already and to have a continuity, yet have a progression or evolution."

Maguire stated that the intention is still to release the flick in 2011 (although Marvel recently set the same release date, May 6, for their newest hot property 'Thor,' meaning 'Spider-Man 4' is highly unlikely to bow on schedule) but wouldn't commit to a specific date, fueling rumors that Sony has postponed production indefinitely while it squabbles with Raimi.

"Like anything, it's a process," Maguire explained of the recent delays. "We're just in the midst of the process. We have a lot of great stuff in terms of story and script. We're just trying to dial it in and get it ready as quickly as possible. Of course, these movies are a very big undertaking and take a lot more time than a drama or something more straightforward."

Sounds like damage control to us -- no production wants the label of being "in trouble" through script revisions and delays in shooting, and while Maguire presents a positive PR outlook, he seems to be saying a lot without actually saying anything in these breezy comments.

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