John MalkovichOh, how high the Vulture would've flied!

Alas, 'Spider-Man 4' was not meant to be, though /film reports that John Malkovich has confirmed what was once only a rumor: that he was set to battle Tobey Maguire's webslinger as the supervillain Adrian Toomes, aka the winged Vulture.

Malkovich reminds us that he first met with director Sam Raimi about the 'Spider-Man' franchise back when it wasn't even a franchise yet. The actor was one of the many contenders for the role of Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, which eventually went to Malkovich's 'Shadow of the Vampire' co-star, Willem Dafoe. John MalkovichOh, how high the Vulture would've flied!

Alas, 'Spider-Man 4' was not meant to be, though /film reports that John Malkovich has confirmed what was once only a rumor: that he was set to battle Tobey Maguire's webslinger as the supervillain Adrian Toomes, aka the winged Vulture.

Malkovich reminds us that he first met with director Sam Raimi about the 'Spider-Man' franchise back when it wasn't even a franchise yet. The actor was one of the many contenders for the role of Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, which eventually went to Malkovich's 'Shadow of the Vampire' co-star, Willem Dafoe.

"Yes [I was disappointed]," he told /film. "But because I like Sam and I like Toby [Maguire] and all that stuff, and the producers, two of whom I'd met before because I'd been offered [Green Goblin on] the first [Spider-Man] ... I came to like them, so sure why not? But it didn't play out."

Fans can now only dream about what might have been, as 'Spider-Man 4' was canceled after Sony and Sam Raimi couldn't agree on the script. As it is the general consensus that the screenplay for the confused and crowded 'Spider-Man 3' left much to be desired, this is probably a good thing.

Sony is currently looking to reboot the series with a younger webslinger, a role that has yet to be cast. Marc Webb ('(500) Days of Summer') directs.

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