See What Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man 4' Might Have Been

See What Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man 4' Might Have Been

Jun 02, 2016

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Back in 2007, Spider-Man 3 did not turn out exactly as director Sam Raimi wished. Though it was a financial success, earning more than $890 million worldwide, years later Raimi said: "It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well. I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man. I should’ve just stuck with the characters and the relationships and progressed them to the next step and not tried to top the bar."

When it came time to make Spider-Man 4, the film was in pre-production when Raimi realized he wouldn't be able to make it work. He told Vulture: "It really was the most amicable and undramatic of breakups: It was simply that we had a deadline and I couldn't get the story to work on a level that I wanted it to work. I was very unhappy with Spider-Man 3, and I wanted to make Spider-Man 4 to end on a very high note, the best Spider-Man of them all. But I couldn't get the script together in time, due to my own failings, and I said to Sony, 'I don't want to make a movie that is less than great, so I think we shouldn't make this picture. Go ahead with your reboot, which you've been planning anyway.'"

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What were some of the ideas that Raimi had in mind? Newly-revealed concept art, via Comic Book Movie, provides a peek at what was planned. Anne Hathaway was eyed to potray Felicia Hardy (above), also known as Black Cat in the Marvel comics. The character is a cat burglar who meets Spider-Man and becomes his girlfriend for a time. Eventually they broke up and she became a detective and adventurer.

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The concept art confirms past reports that Vulture (above) might have been featured in the movie. The villainous character has been touted for inclusion in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, possibly to be played by Michael Keaton.

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The last piece of concept art suggests for the first time that the villainous Mysterio (above) was on the planning boards.  It's suggested that he resembles Bruce Campbell, who played three different small roles in the three Spider-Man films that his friend Sam Raimi directed. In the comics, the character has opposed Spider-Man for decades; he began his career as a stunt man and visual effects designer named Quentin Beck before turning against the webslinger.

Sam Raimi is currently planning World War 3, a fictional drama that will be drawn from a nonfiction book, The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman, which makes predictions about "where and why future wars will erupt (and how they will be fought)."

Meanwhile, the next movie featuring Peter Parker, Spider-Man: Homecoming, will be released in theaters on July 7, 2017.

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