It’s hard to imagine Spider-Man without associating it with the face of Tobey Maguire, the hero’s first incarnation before Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland. However, several years ago, Michael Jackson did everything to get the role!
Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man
Hard to imagine Spiderman without including the face of Tobey Maguire. In 2002, the actor played the spider man for the first time. in the adaptation of Sam Raimi. He repeated the experience two years later for the second part of the franchise, then in 2007 for the last film of the trilogy. Despite some criticism, Marvel comic book series hits commercial success certain. On the casting side, Tobey Maguire shares the bill with Kirsten Dunst and James Franco in the roles of Mary Jane Watson, and the young heir Harry Osborn. In 2010, it was officially announced that Tobey Maguire would no longer reprise the role of Spider-Man!
Subsequently, Peter Parker was portrayed by Andrew Garfield in The Amazin Spider-Man (2012) and its sequel before Tom Holland represented him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since Civil war.
Regarding Tobey Maguire, if he had the chance to lend his features to the superhero, it was not won! In addition to the many actors who applied for the role, a famous singer also tried his luck: Michael Jackson! And to put the odds on his side, the King of Pop even tried to buy Marvel.
Michael Jackson meets Stan Lee
Known for his eccentricities, the king of pop has never deprived himself of anything. Yet everyone has their limits. His was embodied in the person of Stan Lee. Big fan of Spider-Man, the singer met Stan Lee in the 90s. While the latter was visiting the Neverland ranch, Michael confessed to him his fondness for Spider-Man and his desire to play the famous Spider-Man. The singer was then several years in advance since the production of the first film was not launched until much later in the 2000s.
Michael thought I’d be the one who could get him the rights to star in a Spider-Man movie. And I told him I couldn’t. I’m not sure if he just wanted to produce it … or if he wanted to play the character. Our conversation has never gone so far.
As Marvel drowned in financial woes, the two men had decided to combine their resources to buy the company. Michael Jackson and Stan Lee have met on several occasions, but the transaction never took place. The King of Pop passed away on June 25, 2009, a few months before the takeover of Marvel by Disney. However, the exploitation rights in the cinema of Spider-Man remained with Sony Pictures which thus produced via Columbia Pictures the first trilogy of Sam Raimi then the two films. Amazing Spider-Man. But all this could have been very different if Michael Jackson had followed through on his ideas.
Spiderman is currently available on Netflix.