Studios do the Hustle after Spider-Man 4 gets Bounced

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Now that Sony has put a brake on Spider-Man 4, two studios have decided to do the hustle and move in to some premium summer box office real estate. Paramount is moving Marvel’s Thor up two weeks (from May 20), while Disney is moving Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides back a few weeks to the May 20th slot. Back in 2007, PotC: At World’s End opened on May 25th to good returns.

While Sony hasn’t stated that they are abandoning the release date of May 6, 2001 for Spider-Man 4, it’s pretty obvious that it will be difficult to have a production of a franchise as big as that and have it ready for that date, especially with all the infighting between Sony execs and Sam Raimi. It’s a shame that Marvel made the agreement with Sony Pictures about the movie rights (the same can also be said for Fox and the X-Men franchise). Considering how well May has been for Paramount and Marvel (two years ago it was Iron Man and this year will be the sequel), they may just stake a claim to the first week in May every year.

So what do you guys think? Will the Spidey mess be sorted out in time to make it to the May 6 release date or is 2011 just too crowded for the web slinger?

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