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SpiderMan 4: The Movie That Never Was

“Spider-Man” was one of Sony Pictures’ most iconic film releases in 2002. If not the most important movie which was released that year. Director Sam Raimi presented fans worldwide by interpreting the famous Spiderman 4 from Marvel Comics on the big screen. Being its foremost interpreter Tobey Maguire, accompanied the character on three occasions. It became the favorite generation to wear the arachnid superhero costume.


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Why did Sony scrap the sequel in favor of fast-tracking a reboot?

There was a fourth film that never saw the light. Ten years after the first release, in 2012, Sony Pictures reboot the world of spiders. Spider Man with Andrew Garfield, the actor who brought to life Peter Parker as “The Amazing Spider-Man” and then to a sequel in 2014. In the end, this adaptation did not last long either and ended up making a third lead actor change. By 2017, Tom Holland would become the only Spider-Man in the universe created by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures

For many, especially the nineties generation, Tobey Maguire is still the perfect interpreter for Peter Parker. In their childhood, they saw the comic book hero incarnate under  this actor. Many years have passed, and the idea of ​​Maguire returning to the big screen as Spider-Man is becoming more distant. Many wonder what happened to the fourth part of his film series that never materialized.

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Did something happen between Sam Raimi and Sony Pictures that prevented the making of the fourth part? The cast of this film would have top-notch actors and classic villains from the Marvel comics. But for various reasons, this alliance dissolved.

Whatever Happened To: Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4


A quarter of the “Spider-man” By Sam Raimi, I was going to have a massive turn, including Mysterio, Felicia Hardy, and Vulture. The latter became the main villain of the new films with Tom Holland. But he was going to be played by John Malkovich. Even the actor Ben Kingsley was within the possibilities.


The original idea was that Spider-Man” 3 would involve the Vulture and then hook a plot that would configure “Spider-Man 4″, but in the end, it was replaced by Venom. So far, the only thing Raimi was going to do was introduce the winged villain to the world of Spider-Man on the big screen.

Malkovich was ready to join the project alongside Anne Hathaway, who would become Felicia Hardy. She was best known in the comics as Black Cat. It is unknown exactly what would happen to her, but she was always of sentimental interest to Peter Parker in her story. In addition, Bruce Campbell was also on hold, who already wanted to reveal his true identity as Mysterio since so far he had only had a few comic cameos.

The concept art of Planet Henderson helped everyone understand that “Spider-Man 4″ was not only a vague idea but that its script was already in the works. In an interview with Vulture in 2013, Raimi said, “It was the friendliest and most negligible dramatic breakup – it was just that we had a deadline and I couldn’t make the story work at a level that I wanted it to work.” Considering Sony had a deal where they had to release a Spider-Man movie every few years or the rights would go back to Marvel, understandably, they wanted to see a movie release sooner rather than later.


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What happened?

After “Spider-Man 3″Raimi wanted to make sure his next part was the best it could be. He even confessed how he felt about his last movie: “I was very unhappy with Spider-Man 3, and I wanted to make SpiderMan 4 so I could have finished on a very high note, best Spider-Man ever. But I couldn’t put the script together in time, due to my own failures. I don’t want to make a movie that’s not great, so I think we shouldn’t do it. Keep up with your reboot, which you’ve been planning anyway.

Even though Raimi had creative control over the film, he could not meet his May 2011. So “Spiderman 4” didn’t happen at all. They rebooted the franchise with” The Amazing Spider-Man “and Andrew Garfield as the new Spider-Man. However, none of the 2012 and 2014 films had good results despite being designed to form their series. The truth is that Sony Pictures had to remake the Spider-Man universe again. That is where Tom Holland came in.


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