Storyboard Art For Sam Raimi’s Scrapped Spider-Man 4 Reveals Villains Aplenty

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That’s not to say it wasn’t in development. Raimi and Maguire were ready to roll for a third sequel and John Malkovich was assigned the fan-favorite baddie role as The Vulture. Details were tentative, but in comparison to its predecessor, Spider-Man 4 looked promising.

While we never got the chance to see the finished product of Raimi’s vision, one of the movie’s storyboard artists, writer and illustrator, Jeffrey Henderson, recently posted online a glut of his concept art for the unfinished film. We’ve got to admit after glancing through these early work-ups, some of the ideas introduced could have made the whole world forget about the botched Spider-Man 3.

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Interestingly enough, it also confirms the presence of The Vulture and another villain we had no idea was due to appear: Mysterio.  One of the best ‘boards includes Spider-Man walking the baddie into a police station and unmasking him, which kinda makes you wonder how a movie might continue with an identifiable villain wandering around.

During a follow-up with i09, Henderson addressed this matter. Dropping a few choice plot kernels, he revealed that plans were to open the movie with a fun, villain-centric beginning starting with “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.”

While it’s a damn shame these ideas never materialised onscreen, we’ve got to consider the alternative. Imagine for a second if Sony had pushed forward with its already-established Spidey universe and given us Spider-Man 4: we might not have Tom Holland’s version.

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