Before the end of Sam Raimi’s Spider Man trilogy, was a fourth film in the series in development and would have featured a character that fans ended up seeing years later in the MCU.
In a recent post on Twitter, cartoonist and writer Ken Penders – who is best known for his work on Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comics – revealed that he had visited friends who were working on a costume for the comic villain Vulture.
Not only did Penders share a photograph of a prototype wing, but he also noted that the role of Vulture was intended for actor John Malkovich. However, when production on the film was shut down, all materials were turned in and Penders decided to finally share the photograph nearly 15 years later.
Before Tobey & Sam were bid farewell by Sony, work had actually begun on SPIDER-MAN 4, and I visited friends who were working on Vulture’s costume intended for actor John Malkovich. When production was closed, all materials were handed over. I have been sitting on this for almost 15 years. pic.twitter.com/iY3VmzUrHI
— Ken Penders (@KenPenders) 28 November 2022
IN follow-up tweetsPenders also mentioned that a full body mold of the Vulture’s suit was created, but that he was not allowed to photograph it because Malkovich’s casting had not been finalized at the time. Although it is unknown what ended up happening to the costume, Penders assumes it was either destroyed or is still in storage at Sony Pictures.
While Vulture would not appear in Sam Raimi’s Spider Man film, the character ended up appearing in a film, with Michael Keaton taking on the role in the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Spider-Man 4 was originally set to be released sometime in 2011, with director Sam Raimi and actor Tobey Maguire returning to the franchise. However, Raimi eventually left the project due to creative differences and the project was cancelled, leading to The Amazing Spider-Man duology starring Andrew Garfield.
While Raimi never saw himself returning to the world of Spider Manthe inclusion of many of the characters from his trilogy – including Tobey Maguire himself – in 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home has led the director to believe that there might be a future for another Spidey movie with him at the helm. “I didn’t think it was possible, but after jumping back with the Multiverse, I realized that anything is possible now, so I’m totally open to it,” Raimi said in an interview with Movie pilot earlier this year.