Now that Spider-Man has come home to the MCU, it seems folks who worked on the original Sam Raimi films over at Sony feel more comfortable opening up about what exactly happened to the original franchise, and what the proposed ‘Spider-Man 4’ would have been like. One such artist, Jeffrey Henderson, has started posting concept art for the 4th Raimi ‘Spider-Man’ film that features familiar villains from the comics Mysterio (who would have cameoed as a bad guy easily taken down by Spidey and played by Bruce Campbell) and the Vulture, who would have been the main villain for the film.
While up to this point Henderson has followed Raimi’s policy of not sharing storyboards from his films, it seems he has had a change of heart, which is why he released all the concept art you can check out now on his website (see link below). Henderson clearly still feels very passionately about ‘Spider-Man 4’ and states:
“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.”
As fans know by this point, Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man 3’ did not live up to the expectations met by his first two films in the franchise, a lot of which had to do with the studio’s insistence on including the character of Venom, a villain favorited by younger members of the audience. Raimi apparently did not care much for Venom, preferring classic Spider-Man villains like the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and The Sandman, and clearly lost his enthusiasm for the film due to the studio interference. It seems as though ‘Spider-Man 4’ would have been a return to form for Raimi and his crew had they been allowed to make it, and even though I am excited about the new Spidey in the MCU, I cannot help but wish we could see the movie that would have come from the awesome concept art that Henderson has posted.
Check out all of the amazing concept designs here and then let us know your thoughts about it all in the comments below!