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Spider-Man 4: new details of Sam Raimi’s abandoned film

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Sam Raimi's abandoned Spider-Man 4 had more villains planned, as concept art appears online...

A brief recap for those not up to date with the story of Spider-Man movies to date.

After putting together the original trilogy of films starring Tobey Maguire, director Sam Raimi was all set to helm Spider-Man 4. Maguire was back, John Malkovich was being recruited as The Vulture, but eventually Sony – worried by a rising bill, and the less-than-stellar response to Spider-Man 3 – opted for a reboot.

Thus, Raimi was out, Marc Webb was in, Andrew Garfield was cast, and two The Amazing Spider-Man films were made. Which didn’t go down a treat, but have led to the new generation of Spider-Man films, which kick off with Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tom Holland next year.

Phew.

Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst © Den of Geek Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst

Back to Spider-Man 4, though. We’ve talked before about the film, but some new details as to what we would have got have popped up in concept art that’s been released online. It’s the work of illustrator and writer Jeffrey Henderson, and we’ve just posted a few of his images here. The vast majority are at his site.

What we learn from his impressive work is that there were plans for more villains than we knew about in Spider-Man 4. Vulture was the one we knew about, Mysterio was the one we didn’t. We certainly never got a hint of casting news.

Henderson writes on his site that “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”.

It wasn’t meant to be, and Henderson hints that there’s a much bigger story about the project still to tell. For now, you can find more of the artwork here. 

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