On top of the already set-in-stone release date of May 6th, 2011 for the highly-anticipated Spider-Man 4, we’ve heard word of a shooting start date of March, 2010. That word came just last month from Spidey director, Sam Raimi, who was quoted as saying, “We’re hoping that it’s the first week in March.” Since then speculation and rumors around Spider-Man 4 have run rampant, particularly regarding who will be the villain(s) of the film, as well as who would play the villain of the Black Cat, if the character is indeed to be included (as rumored) in the next film.

To reiterate what Raimi said about the start date, Spider-Man himself, Tobey Maguire, recently echoed the statement. HitFix reports that while at a press conference for his intense-looking upcoming “brother drama” entitled, well, Brothers, Maguire revealed that Spider-Man 4 will begin filming in February or March 2010, which places it firmly on course for its May 2011 release.

On top of revealing that filming detail, Maguire also responded with a single, “Yes,” when asked whether fans of the franchise/character would see a different side to Peter Parker. I’m all for that – anything to get away from seeing our webbed superhero sporting emo hair and dancing on a piano again… [groan]…

I think next to the studio, and Raimi himself (who’s confirmed to be directing again), Maguire would be in the loop as to when this new (and hopefully much improved) installment in the successful Spidey franchise would start shooting. With all the rumors and speculation that’ve been going around about this movie as of late, I’m glad to get a somewhat concrete piece of news.

Are you glad Spider-Man 4 is ready to start filming as early as is being said? Do you think people will forgive the lacking quality of Spider-Man 3 in lieu of a hopefully improved fourth film? Who would you like to see face-off against Spidey this time around?

By now it seems pretty concrete that, Spider-Man 4 is set to start shooting in February or March, 2010, and has a release date of May 6th, 2011.

Sources: HitFix (thanks to Latino Review)