2002’s Spider-Man movie may be responsible for the on-going success that comic book movies have today. It is even the movie that helped bring about Free Comic Book Day. Writer and director, Sam Raimi really captured the essence of Spidey in the stories that he told. The 2002 film spawned two sequels, one of which was a disaster: SpiderMan 3. The problem with the third installment was, well, everything. Well known characters had obscured background stories and one of the wall crawler’s most infamous villains, Venom, was portrayed very badly. This was rumored to be because Raimi was a fan of Spider-Man’s classic rogue’s gallery and was supposedly forced against his will into adding Venom.
Unfortunately, the bad press from the the third film put a halt to Raimi’s run on the franchise. Before rebooting the franchise with 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, there were some pre-production happenings on a fourth movie. Illustrator and writer, Jeffrey Henderson (who worked with Raimi on the third Spidey flick) has released a couple of storyboard art pieces on his website that reveal who the Web Head would’ve had to fight. Mysterio and Vulture! You can check out galleries of both villains below.
In the storyboard illustrations, we see Spidey in an aerial skirmish with Vulture and Mysterio being brought into custody by Spider-Man himself while receiving an applause.
On his website, Henderson commented:
“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.”
We may never see the final product, but the rumor mill suggests that Michael Keaton may or may not be playing Vulture in next year’s Homecoming. What do you think geeks? Could this have redeemed the disaster that was Spider-man 3?