'Spider-Man 4' Without Tobey Maguire? Franchise Star Explains Why He Almost Didn't Return

DESCWhile everybody and their grandmother is busy figuring out who the villain in "Spider-Man 4" is, few have stopped to acknowledge that the film's very existence wasn't always a certainty — not with Tobey Maguire's involvement, at least.

The actor spoke with The Boston Globe about his upcoming fourth stint as Peter Parker under the directorial eye of Sam Raimi, a collaboration that nearly didn't happen in the first place. According to Maguire, his decision to return for "Spider-Man 4" wasn't an easy choice to make.

"It's not that I was reluctant," he said. "For me, it's a big process to decide whether or not to do a role. ... I have to wake up in the morning and feel like I can't wait to get to work. I've got to feel OK about leaving my kids for 12 or 13 hours a day for five months. It's a big commitment."

Ultimately, of course, Maguire decided that the commitment was worth it. He's already discussed the copious Black Cat rumors and expressed his interest in The Lizard as a lead villain, but those aren't the aspects of "Spider-Man 4" that spark the actor's interest the most — for Maguire, it's all about Peter Parker.

"Hopefully I'll be able to evolve the character in a new direction," he said. "He'll still be Peter Parker, but I hope I can move him forward a bit and take him to a place where there will be new challenges for me as an actor."

As long as that evolution doesn't involve further dance numbers, I think most fans will be happy with Maguire propelling the webslinger forward in the latest "Spider-Man" movie.

Are you glad that Maguire is returning for the fourth "Spider-Man," or would you have preferred another actor for the role? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!