Today marks the official release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel’s attempt to regain creative control over the character that makes more than a billion dollars a year in merchandise. So, in honor of a critically acclaimed Spider-Man film hitting the big screen for the first time in thirteen years, let’s take a look at some of Spidey’s adventures that never came to fruition for better or for worse. I’d capitalize, bold, and underline “better,” but that would be tacky.
After the convoluted plot, origin retconning, and tonally shifting dancing of Spider-Man 3, audiences were hungry for a palette cleanser. Despite the film having a planned release date, stars signing back on, and even supervillain auditioning, the film was never released. Which means we missed out on the possibility of John Malkovich playing The Vulture and Anne Hathaway as an original creation known as “The Vulturess.” Am I the only person heartbroken this film was never made?
The Amazing Spider-Man 3
One of the criticisms of 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was that the film tried to cram too much into one story. Personally, I never understood that. All the film wanted to do was:
- Explore Spidey’s relationship with Gwen Stacy
- Show his guilt over the passing of her father
- Solve the mystery of his parents’ disappearance
- Introduce an electrified superhero that is obsessed with the web-slinger
- Introduce an old childhood friend suffering from a disease where the only cure is Spider-Man’s blood
Hastily introduce Paul Giamatti as The Rhino
Let me take a breather here.
- Introduce characters to star in future films such as Black Cat and the inventor of the Spider Slayers
Oh yeah, all while setting up a future movie starring the Sinister Six. With all of that, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 would have surely gone back to basics and simplified the plot, right? Well, there were rumors the plot of the cancelled film would consist of Spider-Man developing a formula to bring back his loved ones that had died in previous movies. See? Simplicity.
The Aunt May Origin Story
Yes, you read that right. And yes, I’m being serious. In 2014, rumors began popping up that, because there wasn’t enough planned out after the previous entry in the series, we really needed a film exploring Spider-Man’s aunt’s backstory. One could only expect this would lead to the thrilling origin stories of Spider-Man’s half-cousin, the real estate agent that helped him get his very first New York apartment, and the guy that tailors his costumes.
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