Most fans hold Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy in high regard but the third film is considered by many to be the worst of the three. That film is even worse than Amazing Spider-Man 2 to some since the Marc Webb-helmed sequel at least gave fans a decent enough love story. Spider-Man 3 suffered from having too many villains, leading to a story that was too busy for its own good.
Anyone who has followed the film’s development knows that director Sam Raimi did not want to introduce Venom alongside Sandman and the second Green Goblin but was forced to by the fans and producers. Sandman actor Thomas Haden has confirmed this in an interview with JoBlo, claiming that the film would focus on the two villains and have Adrian Toomes, who would have been Vulture in the now-canceled Spider-Man 4.
“…Although, it didn’t really turn out that way later on. Because, when they first pitched me the movie, Sandman and, of course, Franco’s transformation to the Goblin, we were who he [Spider-Man] had to deal with in the picture and Venom wasn’t even in it. They introduced at the very beginning the character of Vulture, but he was only in it briefly and then at the very end of that picture they were gonna bring The Vulture back just to sorta set the stage that he was probably going to be the main villain in Spider-Man 4. But then, obviously all of that stuff sort of derailed. Well, not so much derailed, but took a different railway.”
This might not be completely accurate since previous reports claimed that Sam Raimi and Sony wanted to introduce The Lizard. Curt Conners was already in the second and third installments, so making him The Lizard would have made sense. Instead, we got a reboot that fans have very mixed opinions on.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, another reboot, is available now on Blu-Ray and digital releases.