The Amazing Spider-Man Was A Last-Minute Rewrite Of A Tobey Maguire Sequel
The Amazing Spider-Man combined America's love of superheroes with its mild tolerance for that guy from the Facebook movie (no, the other guy). The reboot found Spidey gaining his powers, battling the Lizard, and somehow romancing Emma Stone without mansplaining jazz to her every five minutes.
Disappointingly, it just went through many of the paces of the first Spider-Man movie, creating a Groundhog Day-like scenario in which audiences all over the world are forced to keep witnessing poor Uncle Ben get gunned down again and again.
What The Hell Happened:
For one thing, it wasn't originally going to be a reboot. The plan was for director Sam Raimi to come back for Spider-Man 4, partly because he wanted to atone for the disappointing third movie, in which Peter Parker turns evil by discovering emo hair and strutting.
Columbia PicturesSpider-Man's most obscure power: finger guns!
Maguire and Kirsten Dunst were also set to return, and Raimi was looking forward to ending the series "on a very high note" and making "the best Spider-Man of them all." Unfortunately, with great ambition comes great shit hitting the fan. Spider-Man 4 was reportedly going to feature classic Spidey villains Vulture and Felicia Hardy -- who is known as Black Cat in the comics, but would go by "Vultress" here. It's unclear whether her suit would have incorporated the traditional Vulture wings, bald head, and liver spots.
And because you can never have too many villains in these things, this movie was set to burn off another of Spider-Man's rogues gallery in a comedic afterthought of a scene. In these storyboards, we see Spider-Man arresting (a surprisingly hefty) Mysterio:
Columbia PicturesProving that no one involved in this movie visited a single message board after Spider-Man 3: more finger guns!
Also, if the sketches are any indication, this weird scene was going to fulfill the Bruce Campbell cameo quotient of the movie:
Columbia Pictures"You guys owe me a bigger role for making me listen to Randy Savage's sex noises."