Yesterday saw the release of concept art from Sam Raimi’s cancelled Spider-Man 4 which you can check out over here and now today we have even more glimpses of the film that could have been as well as a word from the man who drew them.
The film’s Storyboard artist, Jeffrey Henderson took to his website to release a few more of his pieces as well as posting a statement about working on the film. He explained:
“I hope that one day I can, (or somebody can), finally tell the whole story of Sam Raimi’s ‘abandoned’ fourth Spidey movie, Until then, out of respect for Sam, (and fear that he’d send Bruce Campbell to come after me with a chainsaw…), and everyone that worked on, or contributed to, this project, let me just say this: 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.”
It sounds as though he enjoyed his time working on the project as he goes on to say:
“Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, but I did get to spend a few years working on “OZ, The Great and Powerful”, which was just amazing…but that’s a whole ‘nother post. Anyway, Sam is almost superstitious about releasing any storyboards for anything, (go back and look at every “The Art Of” book for every movie he’s ever done… you know what’s not gonna be there? Anywhere? That’s right: storyboards), I don’t really know why- but that’s just how he feels about it. So, having said that, here are some ‘boards I can share, (without pissing Sam off), from the mysterious Spider-Man 4.”
The storyboards released today give us a further look at one of the battles between Tobey Maguires titular hero and the villainous Vulture, set to be played by John Malcovich. We also get another look at Mysterio who looks suspiciously like Raimi mainstay Bruce Campbell. How Mysterio fit into the story was explained by Henderson in an interview with io9, where he revealed that we would have seen the villain as well as several others in Spidey’s rogue gallery in a montage of the beginning of the film including The Rhino, Shocker and Prowler.
As I stated yesterday, it’s always good to think about what could have been. Hopefully we’ll see something similar in Spider-Man: Homecoming when it released July 2017.
What do you think? Would you have like to have seen this film? Are you glad for the reboot? Let us know below and check out a lot more concept art at the link listed below!
Source: Planet Henderson