The life of the Spider-Man franchise has been a lot like the life of a fruit. It began meagerly, green but full of potential, then ripened into a delicious maturity. But sadly, by the time we got to the cafeteria and opened our lunchbox, it was already spoiled, dark, soft, and full of superfluous villains and dancing. Time to toss it out. Except Sony, the weird kid at lunch who sits by himself, approaches: "Were you gonna throw that out? 'Cause I'll totally eat it; that's how I like them. I might even stretch this thing out to tomorrow's lunch, too."
What I'm saying is that because Spider-Man 3 made the most money in a weekend of anything ever, Sony seems pretty intent on making one or two more of these things. Fourth and fifth installments of the franchise are rumored to be in the early makings, and lending credibility to these claims is the ">new rumor that some names are already being mentioned to replace the departing Tobey Maguire: Patrick Fugit and Michael Angarano, both of whom played the lead at different ages in Almost Famous. Weird, huh? More Spider-Man casting rumors to come as Sony executives finish watching the Almost Famous DVD!
UPDATE: Yikes--already refuted! From IESB:
Head of Media Relations for Sony/Columbia Pictures Steve Elzer told the IESB today that the Fugit story is 100% false and added, "No one is being considered for the role but Tobey. Period."
So even if Spider-Man 4 is bad, it will also be familiarly so, I guess.