Sam Raimi Reflects on Why Spider-Man 4 Didn’t Happen

Sam Raimi is getting ready for the premiere of his next film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but due to the massive success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Raimi’s past Spider-Man franchise is a big topic of conversation.

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In a recent interview with Moviepilot, Raimi was asked about what a potential fourth entry in the Spider-Man franchise would have looked like. According to Raimi, they did have a script ready for the film, but due to a combination of Raimi feeling that he compromised on things for Spider-Man 3 and the script not being ready, it just never came to be.

“Oh yeah, we had a script years ago and we were actively working in pre-production. It’s just … it became a thing where there was a deadline and I didn’t want to make something that was less than great. I thought I had compromised a bit on Spider-Man 3 and I wanted to really pay the audience back on Spider-Man 4 and make the best Spider-Man of all. And I couldn’t get the script together in that amount of time. So I told Sony, ‘I think it’s best if you go ahead with your planned alternate Spider-Man storyline, because I don’t want to let the audience down.’”

When it comes to potentially making another film in the Spider-Man franchise, Raimi said that while he may not have seen it happening in the past, with the arrival and inclusion of the multiverse into the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, anything is possible.

“I didn’t think it was possible, but after jumping back in with the Multiverse, I realized that anything is possible now, so I’m completely open to it.”

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Raimi’s next film will be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which sees the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as he reprises his role as Dr. Stephen Strange. This time the Sorcerer Supreme will be joined by Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, who has finally transformed into the Scarlet Witch during the WandaVision finale.