I know today’s comic is a little on the dry side. But when a new Nicolas Cage movie leads the box office with a $7.8 million take reflecting the lowest returns in five years, that’s a pretty clear indication not much is going on. Anyone unfamiliar with Tom and his Spider-Man mask throughout the years can view references here, hereand here.

Back to Nic Cage for a minute, does anyone remember that Nicolas Cage was an Academy Award winner? Anyone?

Something that has seemed to capture the imagination of the blogosphere, however, was the news that Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire have been signed to Spider-Man 4 and Spider-Man 5. Apparently, the studios are going to try and film them back-to-back, citing the difficulty of bringing everyone back together every few years or so.

I’m kind of on the fence about this one. On the one hand, I’m excited for anything Spider-Man related. The more Spider-Man, the merrier, I always say.

But, at the same time, if someone had told me they were going to give it a rest after Spider-Man 3, I would have been okay with that. I found the third movie to be extremely uneven and I still haven’t bothered to add it to my DVD collection years later. Remember that you’re talking to the guy who owns about 300 issues of Amazing-Spider Man.

What I find craziest about the news that’s been leaking out about the deal is that studio bosses were talking about potential replacements for Tobey Maquire up to a few weeks ago, but had no ambitions for replacing Kirsten Dunst.

Now, there is no deal in place for Dunst to return. But I take this to mean one of two things: Either they plan on moving ahead without her (which would be weird considering Peter and Mary Jane are now married in the film’s continuity) OR… they have such conviction of her talent, they simply can’t imagine another actress filling the role.

Please note the sarcasm dripping off that last statement. I can literally think of about two dozen more capable actresses for the part. Alica Witt, line one, please! Hey! She wouldn’t even have to dye her hair! We’re already saving money!

Odds are Dunst will sign on because she has nothing else happening for her career-wise.

Not much else for me to report today. But be sure to tune into The Triple Feature tonight at 9:00 PM CST. We took last Monday off for the Labor Day holiday, so we have a bunch of movie to go over tonight.

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Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are signed on for Spider-Man 4 and 5…

In any other house, that exchange would have been considered unusual.