Tobey Maquire, Kirsten Dunst, Spiderman 3

Columbia Pictures

Webheads, let the countdown begin!

After taking a year to wrangle up the key players, Columbia Pictures has finally set May 5, 2011, as the worldwide release date for Spider-Man 4.

The first three films based on Marvel's acrobatic webcrawler combined grossed a massive $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office so a fourth installment was a no-brainer for the studio, but it was a matter of locking down stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst and director Sam Raimi.

The summer of 2011 is shaping up to be a Marvel-ous season, with Thor due on June 17 and The First Avenger: Captain America on July 22.

And for all the Raimi fanboys out there, Evil Dead actor Bruce Campbell, who's had a cameo in the first three Spidey movies, recently said he's signed on for a major part, possibly even a villainous one, in Spider-Man 4.

Filming reportedly gets underway early next year.


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