Before Andrew Garfield and before Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi were going to make a fourth Spider-Man movie. For lots of rumoured reasons, it never happened. Work on the film did take place, though — and now some awesome storyboards have hit the internet.
An unused storyboard for Sam Raimi’s cancelled Spider-Man 4 by artist Jeffrey Henderson. All Images: Courtesy of Jeffrey Henderson
The boards are by artist, writer and filmmaker Jeffrey Henderson. They reveal that both Mysterio and the Vulture were considered for the film before it was cancelled. Here are just a few of Henderson’s boards.
To see many, many more, visit Henderson’s site.
We reached out to Henderson to ask about the boards and he explained that the idea was floated of Mysterio being Bruce Campbell’s cameo. It would have been part of a beginning of the film montage featuring “a montage of C and D- list villains that we knew would never be used as main antagonists: Mysterio, the Shocker, the Prowler, the old school-onesie-wearing version of the Rhino, maybe even the Stilt Man, etc”.
As for Vulture, he would have been the main villain and apparently Raimi had some really new and exciting ideas for the character. “The thing we kept coming back to was that, as a character, everyone was going to dismiss the Vulture as just an old guy in a silly green suit,” Henderson said. “So we wanted to go the opposite way and really make him the most fearsome and formidable adversary that Spider-Man had faced in the series.”
Alas, the film was jettisoned and now lives only in this form. Some good came of it though. Vulture is most likely the villain of the 2017 Spider-Man film and Henderson just co-directed an entry in the Star Wars Fan Films contest that made the finals. It’s called “The Sable Corsair” and you can watch it here.