We’re all familiar with the cancelled Spider-Man 4 movie, starring Tobey Maguire and directed by Sam Raimi. For a litany of unfortunate reasons, the movie never got made, but there were a number of storyboards drawn for the project by artist Jeffrey Henderson.
They hit the internet last week, as we revealed, and io9 also reached out to Henderson, who revealed the abandoned sequel would have featured a pretty glorious-sounding action sequence, pitting the wall-crawler against a roll-call of lesser-known, cult villains, which he described as “a montage of C and D- list villains that we knew would never be used as main antagonists: Mysterio, the Shocker, the Prowler, the old school-onesie-wearing version of the Rhino, maybe even the Stilt Man, etc.”
Henderson also confirmed that Vulture was going to be the main villain, explaining that Raimi had some exciting ideas for the character. Back in 2009, it was reported that John Malkovich was in talks to play Vulture before production ceased on the movie and Henderson revealed that the movie would have made the villain ‘fearsome and formidable,’ giving Spidey one of his biggest challenges yet in a franchise that saw him face-off with Green Goblin, Doc Ock and Venom.
“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,” Henderson said. “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.”
The dark cloud that became Spider-Man 4 did have a silver lining however, as Tom Holland’s web-slinging debut will pit his MCU hero against Vulture, potentially played by Michael Keaton. We may never get to see Bruce Campbell as Mysterio though, and that just makes us sad.