James Cameron: concept art for his Spider-Man movie

James Cameron: concept art for his Spider-Man movie

James Cameron

As Avatar: Running Water continues to break the bank at theaters, the network has unearthed intriguing concept art for a never-before-made James Cameron project: The Never-Made Spider-Man Movie. The filmmaker boasts massive box office successes and only Marvel and DC films have been able to compete, but Cameron himself has never ventured into the blockbusters dedicated to superheroes that have monopolized the second Millennium. However, at one point in the mid-nineties, the author had written a screenplay for a Spider-Man film dedicated to an adult audience, for which he was thinking of none other than Leonardo DiCaprio to play Peter Parker and Arnold Schwarzenegger to lend his features to Doctor Octopus. His Spider-Man would have provided a darker look at the solar hero's origin story bitten by a radioactive spider. The concept ats of that project dating back thirty years ago have popped up on the net, revealing his ideas for one of Marvel's most beloved characters.

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The drawings, made by Cameron himself, come from his 2021 book Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron. In this version of him, the white eyes of Spidey's mask glow, as his appearance is fairly accurately replicated from the comics. Some of the cobwebs from his suit are seen running down his left arm as he climbs the side of a New York building, with only a hint of blue on his leg. The same image is replicated with a dark blue shade, which makes the eyes pop even more on the mask. Maybe Peter would have worn the black suit used in the comics and other movies, maybe if it's just an alternate look to the original image.

Although these two images show only a small taste of Cameron's ideas, the photos ignite curiosity about what a Marvel film directed by him would have looked like after other auteurs already acclaimed in Hollywood such as Kenneth Branagh and Joss Whedon have ventured in the past: certainly a dark interpretation stimulates interest. This is also because in the mid-1990s cinecomics weren't yet the phenomenon that emerged later. Now, with three different versions of Spider-Man hitting the big screen in just a few years, one wonders if there's still room for a fourth.