#2 JAMES CAMERON’S SPIDER-MAN
Long before Sam Raimi was tasked with bringing the web slinger to the big screen, the job was given to the guy that had just finished making the best action movie of all time (Terminator 2), James Cameron. After having done the research, Cameron should be glad that the internet community wasn’t what it is today or he would have been lambasted on a daily basis for the changes be made to Spider-Man.
Let’s start with some minor changes made to the character. In Cameron’s treatment, Peter is described as “your basic sexually pent-up adolescent,” which would be fine if it didn’t sound like the author was bullying his own character. In fact, the script is full of wildly out of place sequences including Peter spying on Mary Jane in her underwear (more than once), the two of them having sex on top of the Manhattan Bridge, and an amount of swear words that would make Sarah Connor blush.
We know what you’re really interested in about the movie though – its villains. Cameron’s film would have seen Spider-Man taking on both Electro and Sandman. In the treatment, Electro is not Max Dillon (the low-time crook from the comics), he is Carlton Strand, a big businessman that Cameron compared to Donald Trump in his description. But the most really out of place scene for Electro is when he attempts to rape a woman, ends up killing her, then brings her back to life all using his powers. Sandman is relatively similar in his actions and powers from his comic book counter part, but his name in the script isn’t Flint Marko, it’s simply Boyd. What is the villains’ big plan in the film? Essentially they want Spider-Man to join them so they can be the super-powered-best-friends club, no lie.
I think it’s safe to say that we should all be glad that Cameron’s movie never saw the light of day, but some elements from his screenplay ended up in the first Raimi film from 2002. Specifically Peter’s initial reaction to being bitten (blurred vision, waking up and being fit with no need for his glasses), the “organic” web shooters, and his accidental killing of a burglar.
You can read the entire treatment for the film by clicking here, but do so at your own risk, and check out the rest of the concept art for the film at Techland.
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