Newly discovered screenshots reveal a cancelled game based on a never-produced movie, Spider-Man 4.
Before Marvel successfully rebooted the Spider-Man franchise into their own cinematic universe, Sony had already attempted this twice. This is not to say they were failures, the figures from the box office show this.
Director Sam Raimi made a very successful trilogy of Spider-Man films released from 2002 through 2007. However, the third film came under some criticism, especially in regards to the character of Venom who many felt was shoehorned into the film.
This was true as Sony saw how much the fans loved the character of Venom and asked Raimi to put him into the film.
Raimi was happy with how the third film turned out stating, “It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well. I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man”.
He intended to put things right with a fourth film but this was never to happen. It was revealed that John Malkovich was in negotiations to play the Vulture with Anne Hathaway to portray a new character, the Vultress.
For reasons, that have never been disclosed, Raimi and Sony parted ways with the fourth film falling apart. It was at this point Sony pushed ahead with a new reboot of the franchise, 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man.
In 2010 it was rumoured that Radical Entertainment, a development studio once part of the Activision brand, was making a Spider-Man 4 video game.
Wayne Dalton, a senior environment & prop artist has uploaded several screenshots onto his ArtStation page. He comments that the developers really worked hard on Spider-Man‘s movement and web physics.
The game was set to be an open sandbox game much like the recent Spider-Man game for PlayStation 4.
However when the film project shut down, so was the game. What had been already created was then moulded into becoming the 2012 game, Prototype 2.
Considering this is early development work, it looks like it could’ve have been a great Spider-Man game for the seventh generation of video consoles (Xbox360 & PlayStation 3).
For more pictures, check out Wayne Dalton’s ArtStation page.