‘Spider-Man 4’ Concept Art Reveals Designs for Vulture and Mysterio

By June 1, 2016

Along with the X-Men franchise, Sam Raimi’s work on the Spider-Man series helped usher in the age of comic book movies as we know them. Even though Spider-Man 3 was a tonal mess that squandered one of the source material’s most iconic villains – thanks to studio involvement that forces Raimi to shoehorn Venom into the film, despite his protests – there was still an opportunity to right the ship and go out on a high note with a fourth installment.

Raimi had always been pretty vocal about his preference toward the more “classic” villains from the Spider-Man universe, and the proposed Spider-Man 4 would have seen him plucking two more time-honored foes directly from the pages of the comics books: Mysterio and The Vulture. And while Spider-Man 4 never made it past the development stages, illustrator Jeffrey Henderson has posted some early concept and storyboard art from the film that showcase what big-screen versions of those characters might have looked like.

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CinemaBlend has the scoop, along with a quote from Henderson himself about what the creative team hoped to accomplish with one more film:

“It would’ve been one absolutely kick ass movie. Seriously. We were working on some crazy- cool stuff, because everyone, from top to bottom, felt that Spidey 3 was a bit of a ‘missed opportunity’, and we all really wanted to help Sam take SM4 to another level so he could end the series on a high note.”

Of course, hope is not yet lost: the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming is heavily rumored to feature The Vulture as Spidey’s primary nemesis, and Michael Keaton is circling the role. Marvel and Sony might not use Henderson’s exact designs, but it’s always possible they could look to them as a source of inspiration.

Be sure to check out Henderson’s website for more Spider-Man 4 concept art, including what appears to be a chase sequence with a helicopter in hot pursuit of The Vulture, along with ideas for changes to Spidey’s costume.

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  • Godot

    Bruce Campbell was rumored to be playing Mysterio. That would be cool.
    I think what really killed Spider-Man 3 was killing off Harry and casting Toopher as Venom. (What a trainwreck!)
    Topher Grace could play a “Young” Vulture (for when he’s absorbed people’s youth.). John Cena should have played Eddie Brock.
    Jim Carey for Carnage! XD Ah it could have been really awesome. I think they killed Harry and Norman too soon. It was still recoverable with Norman, but killing Harry off was not good.

    • Trunks: The Prince of All Saiy

      I think Brock Lesnar would have been a good Venom. If only he could act. Think of it.
      Eddie Brock.
      Brock Lesnar.

      • The Genetic Jackhammer

        Tom Hardy

      • gill unique

        what the hell are you people thinking, brock lesnar , john cena
        its not a wrestlemania, its spider man 3

    • disqus_FQgrm4l56P

      It was just a crowded mess. 3 villians? Not to mention all the other subplots with emo-spidey and such. There was no time for a good story because they stretched themselves so thin with timing and pacing. So what we got felt crowded and rushed. And what was with that scene when the butler told Harry what really happened? Why the hell did he wait until then to set him straight?

  • AndyT

    I think Avi was the big reason it failed. Guy came from a toy company that failed. He kept pushing changes on Sam Raimi. He gave in and it failed. They should’ve given Avi Arad the finger and give Raimi more control.

  • Seasider

    The sad irony in all this, is that for all the crap that Spiderman 3 has gotten, it still remains the highest grossing Spiderman movie which I suppose is Raimi can look at as a certain degree of vindication. I still remember those days reading about how Raimi was determined to make a better movie and he had brought in Hunger Games director Gary Ross to write a script and then suddenly we find Sony has been secretly planning a reboot all along and just needed an excuse to dump Raimi and his cast and crew.

    I have no idea of this new reboot will be any good. I just hope Sony and Marvel will have the patience and confidence to see the journey this time around. The last 2 incarnations of Spiderman have ended with Peter and Mary Jane dancing sadly and Peter grieving over the death of Gwen Stacy. Come on guys, Spiderman is better than this.

    • Hero Miles

      I still don’t understand why Spider Man 3 was considered a failure. To me, it was the best one.