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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 12, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Ready for “Spider-Man 4?”

If not, you’ve got a little time. Variety reported today that the fourth installment of the webby superhero’s franchise will thunder into theaters May 6, 2011 — just about exactly nine years past the opening of Sam Raimi’s original “Spider-Man.” Word is that Raimi and star Tobey Maguire are back for a fourth round; Kirsten Dunst is likely. (My bigger question: Will J.K. Simmons be back as J. Jonah Jameson? He must. The man is a champion scene-stealer. Love him.)
Since we’re thinking long-term today, here are a few other sequel dates in the pipeline:
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I”: November 19, 2010
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II”: July 15, 2011
“Iron Man 2”: May 2, 2010
“Shrek Goes Fourth”: May 21, 2010
“New Moon” (“Twilight” sequel): November 20, 2009
“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”: December 10, 2010
“Hairspray 2”: July, 2010
Sequels are planned for the following films (and lots more), but no specific dates are set: “Sex and the City,” “TRON,” “The Dark Knight,” and the “Bourne” franchise. But I have a great fondness for the “Spider-Man” movies, so here’s a sunny photo from my favorite of the three, “Spider-Man 2.” (Yes, the sequel is just a little better than the first one, I think. It happens, once in a blue moon.)

(Photo courtesy Columbia Pictures)

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