Before Sony Pictures decided to reboot its Spider-Man franchise with Andrew Garfield and “The Amazing Spider-Man” films, Sam Raimi did do some preliminary work on a fourth film in the Sam Raimi-directed original series. That project was scrapped, but today – almost a decade on, new details from an artist who worked on the project have emerged.
The artwork comes from Jeffrey Henderson’s official website and confirms that both Mysterio and Vulture were going to be the villains. Not only that, the artwork for Mysterio would suggest Raimi regular Bruce Campbell was being sought to play the role. Speaking about his experience, Henderson says:
“It would’ve been one absolutely kick ass movie. Seriously. We were working on some crazy- cool stuff, because everyone, from top to bottom, felt that Spidey 3 was a bit of a ‘missed opportunity’, and we all really wanted to help Sam take SM4 to another level so he could end the series on a high note.
Sam is almost superstitious about releasing any storyboards for anything, I don’t really know why – but that’s just how he feels about it. So, having said that, here are some ‘boards I can share, (without pissing Sam off), from the mysterious Spider-Man 4.”
io9 reached out and received further information about the project from Henderson. The film would’ve started with a montage featuring “C and D- list villains that we knew would never be used as main antagonists” which include Mysterio, the Shocker, the Prowler, etc. Vulture was to serve as the main villain:
“The thing we kept coming back to was that, as a character, everyone was going to dismiss the Vulture as just an old guy in a silly green suit. So we wanted to go the opposite way and really make him the most fearsome and formidable adversary that Spider-Man had faced in the series.”
It has been reported that Vulture will be the most likely the villain of the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” film.
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The storyboard make very clear: Raimi would put Bruce Campbell as Mysterio in Spider-Man 4 and now i’m in tears. pic.twitter.com/swfvcRwNMg
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