A long time ago, I managed to get access to a story treatment of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4. I have been sitting on it for a while now, but I think it’s time that I share it. Keep in mind that this is a story treatment and not the actual script. Story treatments are basically supposed to be summaries of what a movie is about. Some summaries are a few sentences long, others can be 100 pages long. It all depends on how in-depth you want to go in your story treatment, and I think Raimi went pretty in-depth.
This is supposed to be Raimi’s third draft of Spider-Man 4. A lot of plot details have been changed with every draft. For example, one of them included Peter taking down Mysterio. Another draft included Felicia Hardy but not in her traditional role as Black Cat. Instead, she played a supervillainess called “The Vulturess.” It was also rumored that The Lizard would appear in this film. The treatment I have gotten my hands on includes none of these details. I am certain that this version of the story treatment is the third draft out of the four that were written.
Spider-Man 4 was the planned sequel to Spider-Man 3, for what would have been the fourth film in Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man film series that was slated to release on May 6, 2011. The cast (supposedly) includes:
- Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man/Peter Parker
- Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson
- John Malkovich as Vulture/Adrian Toomes
- Anne Hathaway as Black Cat/Felicia Hardy
- Rosemary Harris as May Parker
- J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson
- Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy
- James Cromwell as Captain George Stacy
Raimi admitted to being “exhausted” with the “tremendous amount of delegation” needed to make “gigantic” movies like the Spider-Man films. However, it ultimately came down to an inability to get together a suitable story that led him to pass on a fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise. The movie went through 4 different drafts and tons of writers, Raimi just wasn’t able to make it work.
You can read the story treatment below:
SPIDER-MAN 4 BY SAM RAIMI. We open up in the sky. A feather falls to the ground. Just as it does, a slew of bank robbers pour out. As they look up, the Spider-Man swings down gracefully, landing in a spider like position. He beats the criminals up and just as the cops arrive, the web-head swings into an alley way. He removes his mask, revealing to us to be Peter Parker. Parker enters the DB, only for it to be revealed that JJ has been removed as editor, and Adrian Tombs has taken his place. Tombs is a hardened, bold and frightening man who does not have a sense of humour. By night, Tombs turns into The Vulture and begins to rob the many banks across the city. By morning, the headlines spread over the city. Spider-Man begins to investigate the case with an utility belt that is equipped with a mini crime-case-solver kit. He yanks out a small magnifying glass and starts to go over the scene of the crime. He notices the feather, he picks it up. Spider-Man swings by the ESU university, raking his brain trying to figure out the significance of the feather. Using a DNA scanner machine, Parker finds out that the DNA belongs to Adrian Tombs. The next day, Mary Jane invites Peter for lunch, so he can meet her real father. Peter arrives at the Louvre kitchen with a suit that is clearly not fit for him, accompanied with a stash of roses. He drops them at the site of her father, Adrian Tombs. Both Peter and Tombs shake hands, this being an awkward scene, we move our cut to... Peter and MJ’s new penthouse apartment. The two are arguing over the idea that the man can’t be trusted and that he is, in fact, The Vulture. Mary Jane leaves in anger. At the downtown Electro Corp, tired worker Max Dillon is working on a nuclear power capsule when suddenly with a crack of thunder... The Vulture swoops in. Dillon tries to protect himself with a hand gun, but is smashed into a nuclear power diode which erupts on him and itself, into sparks. Vulture steals a capsule. On exit, Spider-Man swings in and an arial fight scene begins. The fight swings from state towers all the way into the Empire State Building. Vulture grabs a hostage, but the Spider-Man shoots a web on the flying villain's face, stunning The Vulture. The hostage is saved. The Vulture curses the Spider once more, before escaping. Later at the Bekil Hospital, Max awakens with his body being confined to a gigantic plastic tube which stores his energy and deflects it. He is being watched by a set of scientists and professors who stand behind a protective barrier. Dillon in rage melts through the tube and shocks all the scientists to death. On escape, Max picks up a newspaper heading with The Vulture on it, and melts it with his bare hands. Meanwhile at Tombs’s home, The Vulture is fixing his damaged suit. Just as he finds out what the problem is with his gigantic metallic wings, Mary Jane enters. To her shock, she runs away. Tombs does not react. At the DB in the next morning. Peter rushes in with some more photos of Spider-Man’s battle with The Vulture. Tombs scrunches up the pictures with his hands, telling Peter that they are of no use to him or anyone else. As an argument erupts, a hooded figure in a semi green and yellow tight outfit bursts out in electricity in the corner of the press, blowing up tables and desks. Peter quickly maneuvers with his webs, creating a steel desk shield on the editors front door. Tombs notices and immediately jumps out the window. As he glides in the air, the steel wings pop out and Tombs swings into a lower level of the building. Peter now has to deal with Max. Peter turns around to see that Tombs has disappeared, and thus transforming into Spider-Man. As Max threatens an innocent in the corner, Spider-Man jumps over the shield and taunts Max. A fight erupts between the two. Spider-Man notices that he can’t physically touch the man. He ducks out of the fight. To his embarrassment, a crowd of watchers and children laugh at the hero as he has a burnt hole on his buttocks area. Later, Tombs is hiding in a park tunnel preparing his escape to his lair. Then suddenly, a streak of energy glazes over, revealing it to us to be... Max. Instead of killing Adrian, Max agrees to join him defeat Spider-Man under the condition that Tombs feeds his new-found hunger for energy, with the stolen capsule. Peter goes over to Aunt May’s. The two have a sweet conversation that turns rather bitter towards the end. Peter admits to being Spider-Man and that it was his fault he didn’t do anything to prevent Uncle Ben’s death. May cries as Peter leaves. The next day Mary Jane calls Peter over to the park. She tells Peter that she should have listened to him and everything he has said for the last few years. She also tells him how little she can stay with him anymore because of his self-righteousness and his obsession of being a super-hero. She breaks up with Peter and tells him that she is going to live in Los Angeles. Peter sits atop a building at night, drowning in self pity. A mysterious Black Cat figure is seen breaking into a diamond storage house. Peter throws on his mask and swings up to the storage house. We move in to see that it is a woman with sexy curves and white hair. Spider-Man tries to stop her, but at the sight of her is spun into a dream state. As he is in wonder-shock, The Cat pulls out a grapple gun and fires it at the web-head, hooking him by the shoulder and thrusting him into a wall. She then tries the same trick but is violently grabbed by the web-head. A chase now begins across the city between Cat and Spider. Eventually we end up at a dock where a group of crooks are planning an arms deal. Together the two team up to thrash the crooks. The Spider and The Cat smile at each other after they defeat the crooks and kiss each other passionately. They then make love in Peters apartment. Peter awakens to find out that The Cat is showering. He approaches the shower to see her butt naked body. Peter joins her as we cut out. Later Felicia Hardy and Peter are discussing their plan of how to tackle Adrian Tombs. Felicia mentions that she has a personal vendetta against him, but does not elaborate further. Meanwhile at the lair. Max and Tombs are discussing their plan of defeat Spider-Man. Adrian suggests going after Peter Parker because he has a feeling that Peter is Spider-Man. Max agrees and suggests that they go for his loved one’s. Tombs remembers May, Peters Aunt. At Aunt May’s, someone knocks on the door. May gets up thinking it’s Peter. As she opens the door, Max stings her on the neck knocking her out. She falls into his arms. The lights throughout the city, including Times Square, are gone. Complete darkness. It turns out that the entire New York Area is under a power outage. Peter suits up as Spider-Man, while Felicia suits up as The Cat. The two help people who are clouded in darkness and stuck underneath rubble from a gas explosion. As the fire department arrive, the two head down to the Main Power Facility. As they arrive at the main power center. BOOM, a giant hyper Max smashes out from the ground. His body is over twenty feet and is now just pure energy and rage. Both Cat and Spider-Man hide behind vehicles, which instantly get blasted away. Peter notices a tower of energy pillars and tells Cat to distract Max. Cat thinks of the only thing she’s really good for... she slightly takes off her top, to reveal her cleavage, attracting hyper-Max. She leads Max in between the power tower conductors, where Spider-Man hits a switch. This releases more energy, which results in Max being overloaded with energy. Dillon then turns into a gigantic ball of pure energy and begins to absorb all the power in the city. As the authorities and military arrive on the scene, Max explodes. Like a miniature nuclear bomb, he causes mass destruction on the east side of New York. Spider-Man and The Cat hang out on a peer as they watch the explosion, Peter feels guilty that his plan caused the deaths of many police officers. Cat cheers him up before shooting him in the back with a dart gun. The scene changes to a destroyed warehouse. Peter awakens to see The Cat and Vulture next to each other. Cat explains how she was forced into doing this to Peter, by Vulture and that he has her sister hostage. Peter breaks free from the chains, just as he is about to attack Vulture. We notice that the villain has a switch in his hand and we move up to see that Aunt May and Cat's sister are tied up to explosives. Vulture threatens to press the button. On this very intense scene Peter spins a web that grabs the switch, Cat then kicks the villain in the chest thrusting him into a wall. Cat disarms Vulture while Spider-Man saves Aunt May and Cat’s sister. Captain Stacy and his team arrive on the scene to find Vulture tied upside down with a note attached saying “From your friendly neighbourhood spiderman.” That same night Cat apologizes to Peter. Peter tells her that he understands. He also explains that he is planning to leave the safety of the city in her hands. They kiss once more and Peter swings away. The next morning Peter visits Aunt May. He tells Aunt May that he is sorry for everything that she has endured because of him. Aunt May forgives Peter and advises him that being Spider-Man is always a choice, and he can always decide what he wants to do with it. On his way out he bumps into Mary Jane. She tells Peter that she still wants to be with him, but Peter refuses and walks away. Peter now stands at the edge of the Brooklyn bridge. In his hands the Spider-Man mask. Peter stares as it deeply feeling a sense of regret for being Spider-Man for so many years, he also feels a sense of happiness. Peter tosses the mask off the side of the bridge. It lands in the river below and our camera closes on the eye of the mask as we fade out. THE END.