You have to admit, the first Spider-Man movie done by Raimi was a great movie. However, it all seemed to fall apart by the third movie for multiple reasons. These concept images come courtesy of writer and illustrator Jeffrey Henderson. There are 25 images in total, but here is a small sample of the collection that can easily be found.
As far as the movie is concerned, there was no word on who would have played the villains. But it would have been fun to see who they would have cast in those roles. Patrick Stewart may have been busy doing the X-Men films, but he definitely looks the part and probably would have played an exceptional villain. Mysterio is a little bit harder to cast. For one, he’s got that big fish bowl on his head the entire time. So you’d need someone who could just stand there and give off a strong aura. You’d also need someone who could deliver well written dialogue. He may not have been on anyone’s radar at the time, but after seeing Oscar Isaac‘s performance as Apocalypse in the latest X-Men movie, he could have been a solid Mysterio.
Update: According to Henderson’s website (which the art originates from), he was brought on to work on the Garfield reboot, but not before Raimi could get his hands on his skills and hired him to work on Oz: The Great and Powerful. Here’s a statement from Henderson regarding the whole thing,
“Ahhh, Spider-Man 4. Of all the projects I’ve worked on, I get asked about this more often than anything else. I hope that one day I can, (or somebody can), finally tell the whole story of Sam Raimi’s ‘abandoned’ fourth Spider-Man movie. Until then, out of respect for Sam, (and fear that he’d send Bruce Campbell to come after me with a chainsaw…), and everyone that worked on, or contributed to, this project, let me just say this: 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. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, but I did get to spend a few years working on OZ, The Great and Powerful, which was just amazing… but that’s a whole ‘nother post. Anyway, Sam is almost superstitious about releasing any storyboards for anything, (go back and look at every “The Art Of” book for every movie he’s ever done… you know what’s not gonna be there? Anywhere? That’s right: storyboards), I don’t really know why- but that’s just how he feels about it. So, having said that, here are some ‘boards I can share, (without pissing Sam off), from the mysterious Spider-Man 4.”
It was also rumored that John Malkovich was up for the role of Vulture while Bruce Campbell would have played Mysterio. Additionally, Rachel McAdams was also being pursued to play the role of Black Cat. This sounds like it would have been a really fun movie to watch in 2011. But, sadly, Sony had to step in and make a big mess of everything.
For the entire concept gallery, you can follow this link.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is slated for release on July 7, 2017.