Tobey confident over Spider-Man
Tobey Maguire has insisted that fans shouldn't worry about Spider-Man 4 being delayed.
The film had been scheduled to hit cinemas in May 2011, but it seems unlikely now that Thor, another big-screen Marvel superhero adaptation, has hammered out the same release date.
Tobey said: "Like anything, it's a process, we're just in the midst of the process, we have a lot of great stuff in terms of story and script - we're just trying to dial it in and get it ready as quickly as possible."
He went on: "Of course, these movies are a very big undertaking and take a lot more time than a drama or something more straightforward."
Marvel Studios spokesman Paul Pflug declined to comment on reports that production had stalled amid script revisions.
Tobey, who has played Peter Parker in all three films, said the plan is to still release the movie in 2011, but wasn't more specific about the date.
But he said he was enthusiastic about Spidey's future, whatever the date.
"Not only do I have specific ideas, but the ideas are evolving on the page," he said. "It's all happening right now. It's all sort of coming together. It's very exciting to me. I think the evolution of the character is really exciting, to be rooted in the history of what we've done already and to have a continuity, yet have a progression or evolution."
Director Sam Raimi was undecided about returning to the franchise after the third movie, but said at the Cannes International Film Festival last year that he didn't like "thinking about a world where somebody else was making the Peter Parker story."