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Spider-Man 4 Teaser Poster

Teaser poster for the Spider-Man 4 film that never made it to the screen

Spider-Man 4 was a proposed sequel to Spider-Man 3 with a 2011 release.

Plot

The alleged plotline for Spider-Man 4 picked up five years after the events of Spider-Man 3 and had Peter Parker leaving Mary Jane and entering into a relationship with Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat. They are brought into conflict, however, when Peter kills her father, the sinister super villain known as the Vulture. The script ended with a despondant and regretful Peter discarding his Spider-Man suit, ending the series 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 Dr. Curt Connors
  • 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 got polarizing reviews from critics and audiences.
  2. Many fans were disappointed with Spider-Man 3.
  3. Sam Raimi, the director of the first three films admitted that he was exhausted and unhappy with the third film and decided to cancel the fourth film.
  4. The release date became an issue since Sam Raimi couldn’t meet the Summer 2011 release date that Sony wanted.
  5. Sony wanted multiple villains in the film but Sam Raimi wanted to stick with only one.
  6. Bill Nunn pursued his career to star in other films before he died in 2016.
  7. 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.
  8. Raimi wanted to push the film's release date back in order for a better script to be written after being dissatisfied with previous drafts. This angered Sony, who opted for a cheaper reboot which already had a script completed, one which was thought to be better than the scripts for Spider-Man 4.

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Results

  • Spider-Man 4 was permanently cancelled.
  • 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 as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Sony is releasing an animated movie about Miles Morales titled Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse in December 2018, which may serve as a follow-up to the events of Spider-Man 3, since an adult Peter Parker will appear in the film as Miles' mentor. However, Toby Maguire will not reprise his role as Spider-Man in the film, as Jake Johnson is voicing the character.