Canadian filmmaker James Cameron (The Terminator, T2: Judgement Day, The Abyss, True Lies, Aliens, Titanic, and Avatar) planned on making a Spider-Man movie between 1992 and 1997. He had a complete scrimptment (a mix between a film treatment and a screenplay) written and a whole cast lined up. Unfortunately for Cameron, his plans fell through for many reasons.
Development and cancellation
James Cameron had been wanting to make a Spider-Man movie after the release of his award winning movie T2: Judgement Day. Carolco Pictures, the company who produced T2, bought the rights from Canon Films and the initial plot was for Spider-Man to face off against Doctor Octopus, who would've been played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. James Cameron then submitted his scriptment in to Carolco, who had began facing financial struggles. Edward Furlong was considered to play Spider-Man, Nikki Cox would be Mary Jane Watson, and Lance Henriksen would be Electro. Cameron's scriptment told Spider-Man's origins and featured villains Electro and Sandman. Cameron's version of Electro was highly different from the comics, instead of electrical engineer Max Dillon, this version was named Carlton Strand, who was a megalomania parody of corrupt capitalists. Instead of Flint Marko, Sandman was simply named Boyd and he got his powers from a mutation from an atom bomb being set off on a beach. The scriptment was also highly mature as it was laced with violence, heavy profanity, and there was going to be a sex scene between Spider-Man and Mary Jane on the Brooklyn Bridge. After many disputes with the movie and Carolco eventually going bankrupt, James Cameron ultimately left the project and went to pursue other projects.