New Vulture Details Make Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 An Even Bigger Waste

More details on what Vulture would have been in Sam Raimi is defeated Spiderman 4 have been revealed, and they make an even greater waste of it. Spider-Man made his big screen debut in 2002 in Sam Raimi’s Spider Manwhich explored the main character’s origin story and saw him face his first villain, the Green Goblin (Willlem Dafoe). Spider Man is credited with redefining the modern superhero genre and summer blockbuster, and its success has made way for two sequels.


Spiderman 2 saw Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) meet Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) and temporarily lose his powers, and it’s considered one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. However, Spiderman 3 did not repeat the success of its predecessors, and although it received negative reviews, a fourth film was given the green light and entered development in 2007. Unfortunately, Spiderman 4 was officially canceled in 2010, but details about the plot and its characters have been revealed over the years. Among the villains of Spiderman 4 would have been Vulture, who has now been described as a man who “does a lot of ugly stuffand this horrifying version would have been perfect under Raimi’s direction.

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Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 Could Have Been Really Awesome

Spider-Man 4Vulture Concept Battle Video posted by Sam Raimi

In the book With great power (Going through The Direct), Sean O’Connell shared more details about the version of Vulture that would have been included in Sam Raimi’s version. Spiderman 4. According to screenwriter Jeffrey Henderson, Vulture was a guy who worked for the government who has “lots of ugly stuff as a private entrepreneurand shared why he earned the name “Vulture”: because once he’s done, he “left nothing but bones behind”. Vulture, then, would have leaned more into horror, which Raimi is best known for, and would have followed the darker route that Spider-Man had headed down, as seen in Spiderman 3.

Spiderman 3 was the darkest film in Raimi’s trilogy, which was fitting because all the characters had grown up and were therefore meant to deal with heavier stuff. Had Spiderman 4 happened, it probably would have gotten even darker, and Vulture’s plan is proof of that. Raimi certainly could have done a horrifying version of Vulture, making him the most terrifying villain of his Spider Man trilogy and bringing some of the scariest and perhaps most graphic scenes. Raimi managed to sneak some horror scenes into the Spider Man trilogy, including the hospital scene in Spiderman 2 where Doc Ock massacres all doctors and nurses – and if Vulture left only bones behind, Spiderman 4 would have seen a combination of Raimi’s best worlds: superheroes and horror.

Why Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 Never Happened

Spider-Man 4 Peter MJ Vulture

As mentioned above, Spiderman 4 entered development in 2007, and it underwent various rewrites between 2007 and 2009. In late 2009, John Malkovich was in talks to play Vulture and Anne Hathaway to play Felicia Hardy, but in January 2010 Sony announced that the project had been canceled as Raimi dropped out. Raimi left because he wasn’t sure he could meet the planned May 2011 release date without some creative sacrifices, and even after all the rewrites he still hated the script. Tobey Maguire’s appearance in Spider-Man: No Coming Home revived interest in At Raimi’s Spiderman 4 be donebut Raimi has already said he has no intention of making it, so Maguire’s Spidey vs. a ruthless and terrifying vulture will only live on in the public imagination.

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