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“He has finally made peace”: Spider-Man 4 Had a Dark, Grim Storyline For Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker, Explains His Sage Wisdom in No Way Home

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One of the best superhero films to ever be witnessed by audiences around the world would be Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man series, hands down. The film series that reincarnated the iconic web-slinger for the larger audiences and fans on the big screen instantly became a sensation after the first film’s release in 2002 and continued till the end of Spider-Man 3 in 2007. Many who were big fans of the Spider-Man comics and the character, in general, were beyond satisfied with the direction as well as Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of the friendly-neighborhood superhero.

Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man cameos in No Way Home
Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man cameos in No Way Home

But alas, the series was canceled by Sony Pictures and Marvel after the third installment due to various reasons.

Although with recent details of the now-canceled Spider-Man 4 now resurfacing into the light, it seems like Sam Raimi was all set to put Peter Parker through hell and back with the storyline said to be one of the grimmest ones amongst all of the previous ones, which could also be seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Why Spider-Man 4 Would’ve Been A Dark Endeavor?

With Spider-Man 4‘s storyboards now being made public after the ill fate that the film suffered, it is slowly starting to sink in how the story would’ve progressed. Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 4 would have to face one of the biggest challenges not as Spider-Man, but as Peter Parker, which was even more disheartening, simply because it would’ve shown him being separated from the love of his life, Mary Jane Watson.

Tobey Maguire seen in Spider-Man (2001).
Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man.

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Jeffery Henderson, the lead storyboard artist for the film revealed that Spider-Man 4 would become the grimmest addition as it would be a tough time in Parker’s life due to the loss of Mary Jane Watson. This possibility had always been a potential hint to the film as towards the end of Spider-Man 3, we do see them making up with each other, but never restarting their relationship. Now with the storyboards out for everyone to see, Henderson has confirmed the dark fate that awaited Peter Parker in Spider-Man 4.

“We were going to open the movie with this montage of all the villains we knew that Sam would never be able to use in Spider-Man movies… because Peter, now that MJ [Mary Jane] has gone, he has finally made peace, and he loves being Spider-Man.”

Although we would never be able to see the fourth installment of Sam Raimi’s series, we might just have seen a glimpse of that grim future in recent times, more specifically, in Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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The Spider-Man: No Way Home Connection!

Spider-Man: No Way Home poster
Spider-Man: No Way Home

As witnessed in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Maguire’s Peter Parker was shown as the very mature and very wise version of the three. Of course, being the oldest Parker among them, he had experience, but the way he talked about being Spider-Man more than Peter Parker led some to believe that this version spent more of his time swinging through the web of life as the friendly-neighborhood superhero than the normal Peter Parker. This, in turn, sparked the assumption that this peter had lost his MJ, and now roamed his world to do what was right.

In the end, Spider-Men, no matter which universe they are from, always make the toughest choices, hiding their pain behind their mask of justice.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home is now available on Netflix.

Source: CBR




Written by Deepak Bisht

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