Director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films helped usher in the modern age of comic book movies and the first two in particular, though dated, are still excellent entries in increasingly-crowded genre. Raimi was on board to make a fourth installment, but after the studio pressured him into shoehorning Venom into Spider-Man 3 (combined with the film itself just being a tonal mess), Raimi walked away from the franchise.
Although Spider-Man 4 would eventually become the 2012 reboot The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield, there was still a lot of pre-production work put into Raimi’s proposed fourth outing. Raimi had planned to incorporate classic villains Mysterio and The Vulture into the film and thanks to some newly released concept art from illustrator Jeffrey Henderson, we now have a good idea of what Spider-Man 4 might have looked like.
Here’s what Henderson had to say about the creative team hoped to accomplish with Spider-Man 4:
“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.” [Via: CinemaBlend]
Interestingly, next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming is rumored to feature The Vulture as the film’s main villain, with Micheal Keaton the apparent frontrunner to play him, so perhaps Homecoming’s creative team will draw some inspiration from Henderson’s artwork.
Henderson has even more Spider-Man 4 concept art posted on his personal website, so be sure to check it out.
(Source: Geek Nation)