Spider-Man is one of the most iconic characters in all of pop culture. Everyone knows the story of Peter Parker being bitten by a radioactive spider and learning that with great power comes great responsibility. He's largely been the same character the past 50 plus years, even during some of his more wild adventures.
It was inevitable that Hollywood would figure out that Spider-Man would be a surefire money property. The wallcrawler finally swung onto the silver screen back in 2002, courtesy of Sony studios. Since then, he's been played by three different actors across three different Spider-series.
But did you know that Avatar and Titanic director James Cameron almost made a Spider-Man movie? The script leaked online, and fans were shocked by some of its content. Among other things, it involved a much more violent Peter Parker and a spider-mating ritual between he and Mary Jane. It never got made, and instead the first Spider-Man film was directed by Sam Raimi.
The Sam Raimi-directed trilogy ended in 2007. Sony still saw more dollar signs in Spider-Man films, so they rebooted it in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man. Following Tobey Maguire's portrayal of Spider-Man, the new Peter Parker was played by Andrew Garfield.
The reviews for the new film were more mixed than the previous installments. Fans thought the reboot happened too quickly and felt altogether unnecessary. However, most agreed that Garfield did an excellent job with what he was given playing the role.
She died. Her death had haunted Peter Parker for decades. In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, they depicted this death onscreen. If they made an Amazing Spider-Man 3, this would have surely been a large focus of the film.
This idea sent shock waves among many fans. It even rattled Spider-Man's creator, Stan Lee. When asked about it, Lee replied:
"He’s becoming bisexual? Really? Who have you been talking to? I don’t know. Seriously, I don’t know anything about that. And if it’s true, I’m going to make a couple of phone calls. I figure one sex is enough for anybody."
Part of Garfield's idea of exploring Spider-Man's sexuality was the idea of MJ. Of course, as most know, this is usually Mary Jane Watson, the other great love of Peter Parker's life. But Garfield wondered if "MJ" could be a boy.
So much for getting to see that film. Fans were upset they wouldn't get to see this new dimension of the character they've known and loved for so long. One fan decided to take matters into their own hands and actually wrote a script for this theoretical movie. This script leaked online, and is even more shocking than the James Cameron version that almost became a reality.
The script contains everything you'd expect of a superhero film: explosions, fights and car chases. But it also contains him falling for the new MJ. Most exciting of all, it explores the emotional side of being Spider-Man. He deals with the guilt and despair over his former lover's death. The main villain in this movie isn't some criminal in a high-tech suit: it's grief.
Alas, this movie was never made either. Marvel Studios got the rights back to everyone's favorite webslinger and brought him into their cinematic universe. On the bright side, new Peter Parker, Tom Holland, has done an amazing job so far, and it's nice to see Spider-Man a part of the Marvel films.