The James Cameron Spider-Man Movie That Never ‘Swung’ Its Way Onto The Big Screen.

James Cameron was supposed to be on that list of filmmakers who took the director’s seat alongside Jon Watts, Marc Webb, and Sam Raimi for the Spider-man movies. However, Cameron’s version of the Spider-man movie crawled out the window as the filmmaker went through many challenges and obstacles to make the story unique from the Spider-man storyline. This was already problematic as the fans adore the story’s iconic character and the villains.


The movie had potential, but it all boiled down to Cameron’s vision of the movie. Essentially, that was the reason why the movie just never happened.


“I think it would’ve been very different,” Cameron told ScreenCrush.-


Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise that the movie never happened. Not only did Cameron have a different vision for this iconic Superhero, but he wanted to recreate the villains in the movie. There were supposed to be two villains in the movie where the wall-crawler faces off Electro and Sandman. (Well, sort of.) Cameron reimagined these characters in his own vision. Max Dillian, aka Electro, would have his origin story altered. He would’ve been known as Carlton Strand, a businessman.


His powers will only trigger if he’s put into a stressful situation. Seeing the web-slinger would trigger his stress, leading him to become insane, and he would do anything in his power to take down Spider-man. Sandman would, too, have his story altered. Rather than being called Flint Marko, he would be known as Boyd, a thug working for Strand.


However, it was rumored that these characters would appear in the movie, but looking at Cameron’s script, Dr. Otto Octavious ended up being the main villain for the movie.


Considering how well Sam Raimi and Marc Webb did with these three villains in their movies, they were very much beloved by the fans when they returned to the big screen in Spider-man: no way home; this was why the movie just didn’t cut.


The story was problematic for Cameron, but financial problems were a significant issue as well. Back in the ’80s, Marvel was on the verge of bankruptcy. Their only chance to keep their heads above water was to sell their iconic characters off to different studios.


Spider-man was sold to Cannon films at first, which didn’t even use the character. After Cannon’s film was declared bankrupt, Cameron did his best to convince Carolco production to buy the rights to Spider-man. Unfortunately, in 1995  Carolco went bankrupt as well, and Cameron never got to make that Spider-man movie he so desperately wanted.

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