The Spidey Sequel That Never Was
The big question many fans have had since Sony Pictures announced that The Amazing Spider-Man would serve as a reboot to the franchise, was what exactly happened with the Spider-Man 4 director Sam Raimi was said to be developing?
Producer Avi Arad reveals that the hardest part was they could never seem to figure out how to connect it fluidly to the other three Spider-Man movies. “It wasn’t natural,” he says. “[The first three] kind of led into each other in a trilogy, and when it came to a fourth film, there was no natural hand to play. It wasn’t a clear out-of-the-comics story. Though we could pull sagas from one field or another, this one was really out of its element. The consensus was it was going to be a lot of work, and it probably wouldn’t play very well coming after [Spider-Man 3]. When this became so clear to all of us, this led to the beginning of The Amazing Spider-Man.”
However, tons of work did go into the development process for Raimi’s sequel, with the Vulture planned as the centerpiece villain. “[The Vulture] is an amazing villain, but with everything else, it didn’t fall into place,” Arad says. “And Sam came to the conclusion that it didn’t feel right. If you’re going to do it, it better be right and it better be something great.”