Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy was originally planned to have six movies, but the project was canned after Spider-Man 3.
However, A sequel to Spider-Man 3 and the fourth installment in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, Spider-Man 4’s development began in 2008, with Raimi attached to direct and Maguire, Dunst and other cast members set to reprise their roles.
In 2010, Raimi left the project due to creative differences, we never got to know what was planned for the fourth film until today, Jeffrey Henderson, who worked on the storyboards for the film, released information regarding which villains was planned to appear in the movie & more, check them out below:
Here’s what Henderson said about his work on Spider-Man 4 with Sam Raimi:
“I hope that one day I can, (or somebody can), finally tell the whole story of Sam Raimi’s ‘abandoned’ fourth Spidey movie.
Until then, out of respect for Sam, (and fear that he’d send Bruce Campbell to come after me with a chainsaw…), and everyone that worked on, or contributed to, this project, let me just say this: 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.’
Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, but I did get to spend a few years working on ‘OZ, The Great and Powerful’, which was just amazing…but that’s a whole ‘nother post.
Anyway, Sam is almost superstitious about releasing any storyboards for anything, (go back and look at every ‘The Art Of’ book for every movie he’s ever done… you know what’s not gonna be there? Anywhere? That’s right: storyboards), 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.”
Spider-Man 4 wasn’t the end for Sam Raimi, Sony even had plans for a fifth film and to shoot the two sequels concurrently. The Spider-Man 4 script went went through four iterations of the script with different screenwriters & Sony was looking for writers to script Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6.
Due to disagreements between Sony and Raimi, the project was canned in January 2010, he admitted that he was very unhappy with the way Spider-Man 3 turned out and was under pressure to make Spider-Man 4, the script went through a couple of screenwriters and he hated them all.
Following Raimi departure, Spider-Man was rebooted with a new director & new cast, The Amazing Spider-Man was released in 2012, followed up by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014 and it was canned to allow Spidey to appear in Marvel Cinematic Universe films.
And the next time we will see the new Spider-Man on July 7, 2017 in his solo feature, Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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