Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4
Following Spider-man 3‘s failure with Emo-Peter and Venom, Sam Raimi was at his wits end. He wanted to craft a brilliant third entry, but was forced to use Venom and Sandman, and he just didn’t believe in the characters, and it showed in the film. This wasn’t the movie he wanted to make, and despite all it had going for it, it was a commercial disappointment.
Still, he was up for fixing his mistakes with a fourth and final instillment, working on a script that had John Malkovich as the Vulture and Anne Hathaway as Felicia Hardy (who was the Black Cat in the comics, but would have been “The Vulturess” in this version.) As well, Dr. Curt Conners was set to make his villainous debut in the film. But with tight timelines, too many villains, and studio pressure, he felt he couldn’t deliver the film they wanted, and the one that fans deserved, so he walked away.
Sony went ahead with a reboot in 2012 and a weak sequel in 2014. With both not living up to expectations, Sony turned to the MCU, and Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige finally got to show us the Spiderman we really wanted in Civil War and onwards.