Sam Raimi’s run of Spider-Man films was a mixed bag. In many ways it paved the way for the success and the blueprint of superhero films we’re now getting like clockwork. They also gave us those stupid Peter Parker dance gifs. Although number three was not received well critically, it made enough money to get the studio excited for a next instalment. Unseen Spider-Man 4 concept art has appeared online, hinting at the film that could have been.
Though the fourth instalment was binned during the early planning stages, Raimi’s lost Spider-film did have some artwork thrown together, now teasing at the movie we never had. This is all thanks to illustrator and writer Jeffrey Henderson, who has recently shared his unused storyboards.
Though the “creative differences” that drove Raimi away were over the film’s story, we did know previously that he was pushing to include Felicia Hardy and baddie the Vulture. We can now have a proper look at what they could have looked like, as well as another villain whose appearance was unconfirmed, until now…
Spider-Man 4 concept art
Let’s break some of these down for you. You can also see the full gallery of images here.
First off, we have Spider-Man, doing whatever a spider can, while rescuing a group of people from falling rubble:
Next we have a good look at The Vulture. He’s older, and his costume looks like his classic appearance in the comics. Raimi often comes under criticism for his departure from the original books in regards to the appearance of his villains (see the very Power Rangers looking Green Goblin for example) but seeing these action-packed shots makes us feel he was keeping it old school for Toomes:
Remember that new villain reveal we mentioned? Well surprise, it’s Mysterio! Getting busted and laughed at by the police, he looks freakishly like Raimi’s long time conspirator Bruce Campbell, doesn’t he? Campbell appeared as three (possibly) different characters throughout the trilogy, so could this have all tied together as a big reveal for Peter?
The final image we want to look at features a glimpse at Felicia Hardy, who has a striking resemblance with Angelina Jolie. It’s not uncommon for concept artists to use the likeness of actors to lend a certain feel to their images. What’s also interesting is that the big rumour suggested that Anne Hathaway was being eyed up to play the woman who would become Black Cat. Ironic, then, that she would go on to play Catwoman.
Just to give you an idea of how ready Sony were to push ahead with Spider-Man 4, here’s Tobey Maguire talking about the project literally days before the studio pulled the plug. Ouch.