Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy was almost a quartet, but Spider-Man 4 was ultimately not in the cards for either the director or star Tobey Maguire. However, some planning did go into a fourth installment featuring Marvel’s most famous arachnid-powered superhero. While the choice to bring Venom into Spider-Man 3 may have doomed future sequels–along with the poor casting choice that was Topher Grace–Raimi & Co. had designs on going back to classic Spider-Man villains for the follow-up.
As Cinemablend reports, writer and illustrator Jeffrey Henderson is posting concept art for the planned but not produced Spider-Man 4, art which reveals two original Sinister Six villains intended to antagonize the Wall-Crawler. At last count, we’ve seen Green Goblin (quite a few times), Sandman, Venom, Rhino, The Lizard, Electro, and Doc Ock in live action. The two villains intended to show up might not be that big of a surprise, but we’ll save the reveal for after the links just the same.
Get some great looks at the concept art for Spider-Man 4 from Henderson’s website here. His bio follows, in part:
An award winning illustrator, writer and storyteller, Jeffrey Henderson’s career has included a wide- ranging assortment of comic book, videogame, animation, advertising, feature film and television projects.
Some of Henderson’s major film credits include: ‘Twilight/ Eclipse’ and ’30 Days of Night’ with David Slade, ‘Inception’ for Christopher Nolan and ‘After Earth’ with M. Night Shyamalan, to name just a few.
He has also worked with Sam Raimi on a number of projects, including ‘Spider-Man 3 & 4’, ‘World of Warcraft’ and most recently, ‘OZ, The Great and Powerful’.
Henderson has laid out some fantastic, action-packed sketches for Vulture and Mysterio, and it’s rather a shame that we never got to see their live-action versions on the big screen in Spider-Man 4. Vulture looks truly menacing and the high-flying stunt sequences that Henderson drew up are thrilling enough in two-dimensional grayscale; maybe we’ll get to see this villain take on Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Henderson also has a fun take on Mysterio, the special effects guru and Hollywood stunt man turned supervillain. Mysterio’s one of those Spidey villains who works just great on the pages of a comic book or in the bold colors of a Saturday morning cartoon, but it would take a master storyteller to bring a convincing version of Quentin Beck’s alter ego to the screen.
Would you have liked to see Raimi’s Vulture and Mysterio in Spider-Man 4? Let us know in the comments!