<i>Spider-Man 4</i> may draw inspiration from <i>Ultimate Spider-Man</i>

Tuesday's news that (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb will helm Spider-Man 4 has many wondering what tone the franchise might take, post-Sam Raimi.

It turns out it could be less Lee-Ditko and more Bendis-Bagley.

In The Hollywood Reporter's coverage of the story, Borys Kit writes that, "The touchstone for the new movie will not be the 1960s comics, which were the inspiration behind the movies by Raimi, who grew on up on them, but rather this past decade's Ultimate Spider-Man comics by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley where the villain-fighting took a back seat to the high school angst."

There's no attribution for the assertion -- one can presume it comes from those ubiquitous "studio sources" -- but it seems like a logical move for Sony executives, who undoubtedly figure it will be a while before Webb discovers Ultimate Vulture in Issue 90 of the series. Plus, they can reboot the franchise without completely rehashing the source material.

Ultimate Spider-Man, which re-envisioned the wall-crawler's early adventures, debuted in 2000 as the flagship title of Marvel's Ultimate imprint, running for 133 issues before relaunching in 2009 as Ultimate Comics Spider-Man.

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