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Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 Vulture Appearance Revealed

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BY November 9, 2022

Sean O’Connell’s new Spider-Man book, With Great Power, revealed how Vulture would have looked in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4. That movie never saw the light but reached an advanced production stage. We do not know if its cancellation was due to the poor reception and widespread criticism against the sequel Spider-Man 3, which led Sony to take this decision. Or it could have been director Raimi’s decision not to continue with this project. We also don’t know if Disney and Sony have plans to revive more Spider-Man-focused films after Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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Vulture’s Appearance for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 Revealed

Details were recently released revealing the appearance of Vulture, this legendary Spider-Man villain. Spider-Man 4 was canceled at the time, but we know that production was far enough along to see the appearance of Sam Raimi’s Vulture.

Sam Raimi has excelled at bringing characters to life in Army of Darkness, Evil Dead, and the first Spider-Man trilogy in 2002. Even though Spider-Man 3 wasn’t as successful as the previous two movies, Spider-Man 4 was to move forward, with a possible 2011 release date. Nevertheless, Sony canceled the film shortly after that, but they managed to move forward with its production.

Now we have details of what Spider-Man 4 could have been and the possible appearance of the Vulture in Sean O’Connell’s new book, With Great Power. According to The Direct, Sam Raimi’s version of The Vulture for Spider-Man 4 would be more modern than in the comics. The villain’s costume would have wings “designed to flip out like razor-sharp blades.”

Spider-Man 4 Vulture Spider-Man 4 Storyboard

Storyboard artist Jeffrey Henderson also spoke about The Vulture’s backstory, stating:

“He was essentially a guy that did as a lot of ugly stuff for the government, did a lot of ugly stuff as a private contractor… I thought a clever thing to do would be to say that part of the reason they called him The Vulture was because when he was done, he didn’t leave anything but bones behind.”

Henderson also revealed what Sam Reimi would have done with Spider-Man 4: “If was going to do a ‘last’ Spider-Man movie, he wanted to go out on a high note. He wanted to do it his way. No compromise. No last minute ‘change this, change that,’… that was the studio’s pitch to bring him back, and unfortunately, I just don’t think it worked out that way.”

Another aspect that most of us did not know and learned through Sean O’Connell’s book is that a decade ago, Angelina Jolie could have been a villain in Spider-Man 4. Raimi wanted to create a unique character who isn’t in the comics, Vultress, The Vulture’s daughter, who would continue her father’s legacy.

Will we see Spider-Man 4 with Tobey Maguire?

All of us who have Spider-Man in any of its versions know Tobey Maguire‘s spectacular performance. The actor has imbued the character with his own personality. Maguire starred in Spider-Man 1, 2, and 3, with great success in the early 2000s. Many fans called for a fourth part when the actor returned to play the character in the movie Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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His return in Spider-Man: No Way Home challenged Toby to revive the essence of the character. No one knows if this movie will materialize, but these new details may give viewers some hope. We would see new versions of other characters, such as The Vulture, which would significantly boost the plot. In fact, for some, this villain looked like one of the most ruthless and formidable.

Imagining Toby Maguire portraying our friendly neighborhood once more is a dream lots of us have. Toby was and will always be the first Spider-Man on the big screen, and many of us remember him as the original Peter Parker. It’s not crazy to dream about him fighting The Vulture in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4, so, let’s hope Sony and Marvel hear our prayers.

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