Gameplay From a Lost Spider-Man Game Has Seemingly Resurfaced After More Than a Decade – IGN
Gameplay from a since-lost movie tie-in for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 has seemingly resurfaced more than a decade after it was created.
Between the trailer release for the MCU’s Spider-Man No Way Home and Insomniac Games announcing Spider-Man 2 at this month’s PlayStation Showcase, everyone’s favorite wall-crawler has taken center stage in recent weeks. However, in addition to newer editions of Spider-Man circulating the web, Obscure Gamers has leaked footage from what seems to be the game tie-in for Sam Raimi’s scrapped Spider-Man 4 movie.
The footage, which was posted on Obscure Gamers YouTube channel, allegedly shows an early build copy of what could have been for Radical Entertainment’s Spider-Man 4. Over eighteen minutes long, most of the clip features Spider-Man swinging casually around a relatively well-modeled build of New York City.
The city itself looks pretty complete compared to other features in the footage. According to Obscure Gamers, this is likely because the game was using a version of a map brought over from Prototype. In 2019, Wayne Dalton, a previous environment artist for Radical Entertainment, shared a range of screenshots and details from what he said was the canceled Spider-Man 4 that ended up becoming Prototype 2, adding to speculation that this would have been the case.
Spider-Man’s web-swinging mechanics and some of his combat techniques are both shown off in the footage – both of which seem at first glance to be very similar to that of previous Spider-Man games in the Raimi tie-in series. One of the more surreal parts of the footage, however, come in the form of the footage’s NPCs. Unfinished and untextured, citizens of Manhattan can be seen walking and driving around the streets as grey blob-like character models. In a few absurd clips throughout the footage, Spider-Man can be seen interacting with the blobs as they flock toward him before waving and cheering him through the city streets.
Despite few details being officially confirmed for Raimi’s canceled Spider-Man 4, speculation at the time suggested that John Malkovich would have joined the cast to play Vulture. Earlier this year, leaked footage from YouTuber CyberSonic seemed to show off what might have been a final battle sequence between Spider-Man and Adrian Toomes in the movie.
Whilst Activision’s previous addition to the franchise, Spider-Man 3, released to mediocre reviews, many fans would likely still be intrigued to see what could have been for a final fight scene between Spidey and the Vulture in a fourth movie tie-in title.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.