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New ‘Spider-Man 4’ Rumors Now Include Sydney Sweeney, Sam Raimi

Now that Fantastic Four has been cast with some basics of the storyline revealed (an alternate universe!), attention seems to be turning to another far-off Marvel project, Spider-Man 4, where a reset Peter Parker will face new challenges while still needing to be a part of The Avengers. Or, as some rumors suggest, perhaps he’s moving to street level with the likes of Daredevil, Echo and The Punisher as he so often does in the comics.

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Now, we have a pair of rumors about Spider-Man 4 that have many fans excited, but the sourcing is…debatable, with the originators getting some things both right and wrong in the past. But even if something perhaps used to be true, things can indeed change over time.

The first rumor via World of Reel is that Sam Raimi is a top contender to direct Spider-Man 4. Raimi, obviously the director of the Tobey Maguire-era movies, and recent MCU helmer of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, a somewhat divisive film, but one I’d argue was a lot of fun. And that gave him hands-on Holland experience, at least a bit of it.

Raimi seems like a top choice given that past choices like Justin Lin and Drew Goddard may have moved entirely on to other projects. Further rumors are John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein who did Dungeons and Dragons and wrote Spider-Man Homecoming. Also, Jon Favreau, potentially. But Raimi returning to direct an actual Spider-Man film would certainly be something to see.

A second rumor from MyTimetoShineHello is that Sydney Sweeny has joined the MCU after failing to do so with Madame Web, Sony’s truly bizarre side-project in which she was as supporting character. The unconfirmed idea is that she will be cast in Spider-Man 4, but fans are extrapolating that to mean she would be playing Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat, as a new, non-MJ love interest for Holland’s Peter. Gwen Stacy could be another possibility.

This is a bit of a leap given that the rumor stops at a certain point and fans are sort of making up the rest. But this aligns with something I predicted/advised in the wake of Madame Web, that after Sony badly fumbled Sweeney, Disney would almost certainly swoop in to add the in-demand actress to the MCU at some point. And from the moment Madame Web was announced where Sweeney plays a proto-Spider-Woman without powers, the idea seemed to be that her being cast as Black Cat instead would have been a layup. While the sourcing and extrapolation of this may be a reach, it’s easy to see how this may end up manifesting.

It’s way, way too early to know how these rumors play out. Even if they are true, Spider-Man 4 doesn’t have a release date. Some are predicting the end of 2025, but given how many MCU movies are already being jammed into that year, 2026 would seem more likely. So again, we are far off, though yes, the director, script and cast may start taking shape soon. We’ll see if any of this pans out.

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