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    People Are Realizing "Spider-Man 4" Would Have Come Out 10 Years Ago Today, And I'm Sad All Over Again

    We were robbed!

    You know the Spider-Man movies.

    Spider-Man in costume
    Columbia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

    No, no, no, I'm not talking about Andrew Garfield or Tom Holland's Spider-Man. I'm talking about the OG Spider-Man: Tobey Maguire.

    Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man in 2002 "Spider-Man"
    Columbia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

    We got two wonderful movies* starring Tobey as Spider-Man, and they're arguably some of the greatest superhero films of all time.

    Spider-Man shooting webs in "Spider-Man 2"
    Columbia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

    *We don't talk about Spider-Man 3.

    Recently, Spidey fans stumbled upon an old tweet by Sony Pictures that reminded everyone that Spider-Man 4 originally would have been released 10 years ago today.

    Sony Pictures to release Spider-Man 4 on May 6, 2011.

    Yup, I'm crying, y'all.

    The movie was expected to follow Peter Parker facing The Vulture as the main villain, with Anne Hathaway also cast as Felicia Hardy. After numerous script rewrites, however, director Sam Raimi pulled away from the film and it was subsequently canceled altogether.

    Sam Raimi at Comic-Con
    Michael Kovac / Getty Images

    "It really was the most amicable and undramatic of breakups: It was simply that we had a deadline and I couldn’t get the story to work on a level that I wanted it to work," Sam explained in an interview. "I was very unhappy with Spider-Man 3, and I wanted to make Spider-Man 4 to end on a very high note, the best Spider-Man of them all. But I couldn’t get the script together in time, due to my own failings, and I said to Sony, 'I don’t want to make a movie that is less than great, so I think we shouldn’t make this picture. Go ahead with your reboot, which you’ve been planning anyway.'"

    Naturally, people are feeling very emotional over what could have been.

    'Spider-Man 4' would have celebrated its 10th anniversary today 😢

    We could’ve had Sam Raimi’s ‘SPIDER-MAN 4’ exactly 10 years ago today 🕸

    Twitter: @cosmic_marvel

    The holy trilogy of Star Wars Day, Cinco De Mayo, and Hypothetical Spider-Man 4 Day

    Society if Spider-Man 4 came out ten years ago today

    Twitter: @KingFresho

    Sam Raimi on Spider-Man 4 from the Reddit Q&A ‘I wanted you guys to love it’ Pain pain painnnnnn

    Twitter: @WilliamD1123

    @SonyPictures Can't wait to watch Spider-Man 4 dudes!!!

    Twitter: @ChrisMcLeanShow

    Screenwriter James Vanderbilt also chimed in to mourn with the fandom:

    Wow. I worked on this movie for over a year. It was a wonderful experience, only slightly marred by the fact that it never got made.

    Oh, what could have been!!!

    Columbia Pictures

    On the bright least we DID get the pleasure of seeing Andrew Garfield in a Spidey suit.

    Columbia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Are you bummed we'll never get to see Spider-Man 4 on the big screen? Or do you prefer The Amazing Spider-Man films or the latest Marvel series? Let us know in the comments!

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