Spider-Man 4 Storyboards Reveal Mysterio And Vulture

‘Spider-Man 4’ never happened… but here’s what could have been.

The original ‘Spider-Man’ starring Tobey Maguire was an excellent movie, and so too was ‘Spider-Man 2’. But as we all know, ‘Spider-Man 3’ didn’t turn out so well… and ended up hugely criticized by fans and critics alike.

Unfortunately, this saw Sam Raimi leave the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise on a low… despite the fact that he had ‘Spider-Man 4’ up his sleeve.

And if these storyboards are anything to go by, it could have been glorious.

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‘Spider-Man 4’ storyboard artist Jeffrey Henderson has revealed some of his impressive work from what would have been Sam Raimi (and Tobey Maguire’s) final ‘Spider-Man’ movie.

And we can’t help thinking it could have redeemed the franchise.

“It would’ve been one absolutely kick ass movie,” he explained via his official website. “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.”

How would they have done that?

With some iconic ‘Spider-Man’ villains, of course.

And that would have included John Malkovich as the Vulture.

“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 told io9. “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.”

If these storyboards are anything to go by, they really managed it.

But that’s not all. Henderson also revealed that they were planning a rather cool montage of other, lesser-known ‘Spider-Man’ villains… and it would have included a cameo from Sam Raimi’s old pal, Bruce Campbell.

“[It opened 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.”

Mysterio would have been played by Bruce Campbell… as you can see from the following storyboard:

And that would have been one awesome piece of casting.

‘Spider-Man 4’ never went into production, and all that’s left are these storyboards and the tale of a movie that never was. But the big question remains – would it have been better than ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ movies?

Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

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Picture Credit: Jeffrey Henderson