Spider-Man 4 was the planned sequel to Spider-Man 3, for what would have been the 4th film in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise. It was planned to be released on May 6, 2011.

Plot

The storyline for Spider-Man 4 was going to take place 5 years after the events of Spider-Man 3. Peter Parker was going to leave Mary-Jane and enter into a new relationship with Felicia Hardy, A.K.A. the Black-Cat. However, they were going to be brought into conflict when Peter was going to kill Felicia's father, the sinister super villain known as the Vulture. The planned script ended with a despondant and regretful Peter losing his powers and discarding his Spider-Man suit in a dark alleyway on a stormy night, ending the franchise on a sour note.

Cast

  • Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson
  • John Malkovich as Adrian Toomes/Vulture
  • Anne Hathaway as Felicia Hardy/Black Cat
  • Rosemary Harris as May Parker
  • J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson
  • Bill Nunn as Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
  • Elizabeth Banks as Betty Brant
  • Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy
  • Dylan Baker as Curt Connors/The Lizard
  • James Cromwell as George Stacy
  • Bruce Campell as Quentin Beck/Mysterio
  • Elya Baskin as Mr. Ditkovich
  • Mageina Tova as Ursula Ditkovich
  • Michael Papajohn as Dennis Carradine/The Carjacker

Why It Was Cancelled

  1. Spider-Man 3 was not well received by critics, audiences and fans.
  2. Sam Raimi was displeased with how Spider-Man 3 turned out.
  3. The release date became an issue since Sam Raimi couldn't meet the Summer 2011 release date that Sony wanted.
  4. Sony wanted multiple villains in the film but Sam Raimi wanted to stick with only one.
  5. Bill Nunn pursued his career to star in other films before he died in 2016.
  6. The storyline championed by Raimi was dour and downbeat, with a main antagonist that wasn't seen as marketable enough by Sony executives, who preferred someone more visually interesting, like Electro or Carnage..

Results

  • Spider-Man 4 was permanently cancelled.
  • Sony and Marvel hit the reset button with two reboot films The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014. Then in 2017, Sony released the most recent reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming and its 2019 sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Jeffrey Henderson later revealed in June of 2016 the storyboards for Spider-Man 4 showing what the film might've been had it been made.
  • Elements from the cancelled film would be used for the two reboot film series The Amazing Spider-Man and the MCU films Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home, as well as the 2018 animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
  • Sam Raimi, the director of the original Spider-Man trilogy is directing the upcoming Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness film and could bring Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield to MCU.

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Trivia

  • Jeffrey Henderson later revealed in June of 2016 the storyboards for Spider-Man 4 showing what the film might have been like had if it was made.
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