Rumor: Spider-Man 4 has been shut down!

Is the upcoming fourth Spider-Man in trouble?

First, there was the negative reaction to rumors about the film's new villains (Vulture? Vulturess??).

Now comes a rumor that preproduction on the Sam Raimi movie has been suspended indefinitely, according to

Apparently, several department heads working on the SPIDER-M4N production were notified of the halt last Thursday. Spidey and friends have some issues that need to be dealt with before production can move forward once again. Oh, and the film is known as SPIDER-M4N within the production offices so take note!

The site says there were problems with an incomplete script because director Raimi and Sony Pictures can't agree on a villain for the film.

Raimi is pushing hard for the Vulture to be the big baddie, something he also pushed for in the third film to star alongside the Sandman but didn't get and we all know how that one turned out. ...

On the flip side, who does the studio want to be the villain? Our source says they seem to only be interested in featuring which ever character is selling books right now but basically they have no idea, just not the Vulture.

SuperheroHype, meanwhile, citing its own anonymous "studio source," said the report is untrue and that the production is simply shutting down for the holidays.

Bad news in Spideyland! What do you think?

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