Columbia Pictures and the IMAX Corporation have today announced that the upcoming superhero sequel, Spider-Man 4, is coming to IMAX theaters on May 5th, 2011, along with being released worldwide in regular size theaters. The film will be shot regularly, and then digitally remastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience.

This comes as no surprise to anyone, as both Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 were released in IMAX. The difference with Spider-Man 4‘s release is that it will have far more IMAX theaters to play in, giving more audiences the chance to experience their favorite web-shooting superhero on the gigantic screen.

Spider-Man 4 will reunite director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. The script has gone through rewrites in the past, with Seabiscuit and Pleasantville screenwriter Gary Ross currently working on it. Producers on the film are Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin, Todd Black and Grant Curtis. There’s no official word on the story for the movie, but as expected there’s been plenty of little tidbits here and there, leading to much fan discussion, not least about who will be the villain(s) this time around.

For the full press release on Spider-Man 4 in IMAX, you can head over to SuperHeroHype.

This IMAX news comes hot on the heels of Bruce Campbell revealing a supposed start date of January next year for Spider-Man 4. Even though that’s over 14 months before the set release date, it isn’t surprising considering the film is a project that will require a lot of post-production/special effects work.

I can’t say I’m an avid IMAX moviegoer, and for Spidey 4 I’ll probably end up sticking with the regular-size version when the film’s release rolls around (in a couple of years :-P). But if had the opportunity, I certainly wouldn’t mind checking it out on the biggest screen possible, with the added bonus of incredible sound. I just hope the fourth installment itself – IMAX or no IMAX – is a helluva lot better than the terrible disappointing third one.

Although it’s no surprise, what do you think about Spider-Man 4 being released in IMAX? Will you be checking it out on the BIG big-screen, or will you settle for the regular size viewing?

As stated, Spider-Man 4 will be released in IMAX and regular theaters on May 5th, 2011.

Source: SuperHeroHype