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Sam Raimi's original version for Spider-Man 3 was originally far different than the final cut.


The original pitch for the Spider-Man 3 eschewed Venom or the symbiote/black suit, with the Vulture instead as the main antagonist, while the Sandman would be the secondary villain as in the final cut. In the opening of the film, Spider-Man would respond to a police report of a robbery by new villain the Vulture and would've foiled him and thrown him in jail, leaving Toomes to develop an intense hatred towards him. Sharing a cell with Flint Marko, who'd also gained superpowers involving sand-physiology and morphing, Toomes would talk Marko into joining him in quest for vengeance against the wallcrawler and would enact a prison break, corralling other escaped convicts to start riots and mass looting to draw Spider-Man out and to wear him out trying to stop and quell them, and eventually, would confront Vulture and Sandman.


  • Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • James Franco as Harry Osborn
  • Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson
  • Ben Kingsley as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture
  • Thomas Jane as Flint Marko/The Sandman
  • J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson
  • Bill Nunn as Robbie Robertson
  • Elizabeth Banks as Betty Brant
  • Topher Grace as Ted Hoffman
  • Dylan Baker as Dr. Curt Connors
  • Thomas Haden Church as Eddie Brock Jr.
  • Jessica Chastian as Gwen Stacy

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. On March 15, 2005, the Vulture was removed from the script and was replaced Harry Osborn/New Goblin and Venom, albeit keeping Sandman's role, as producer Avi Arad felt that Raimi's take on the Vulture did not make for an overly compelling villain, given as he had no personal ties to Spidey beyond petty vengeance, as opposed to Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus before him, and that Venom's popularity and status as a dark reflection of Spidey, in addition to the black suit story being a beloved character arc from the comics and cartoons prior would make for a better story, in addition to upping merchandise and toy sales. Raimi was initially reluctant, having a personal dislike of Venom due to what he perceived as "a lack of humanity", but ultimately acquiesced to Arad and Sony's demands and tried to do justice to the character, basing him on his earliest appearances.
  2. Sony rushed Sam Raimi with the deadline of Spider-Man 3, as they did not want to lose the film rights to Spider-Man to Marvel.


  • The original version of Spider-Man 3 was permanently cancelled.
  • In 2007 a different version of Spider-Man 3 came out which got mixed reviews from critics and audiences.
  • Many of the intended characters were eventually recast in this version, the role of Flint Marko/Sandman was now played by Thomas Haden Church, while Eddie Brock Jr./Venom was now played by Topher Grace, and Gwen Stacy was now played by Bryce Dallas Howard.

Concept Art[]


Vulture concept art