The 1980s were a strange time, and they just got a hell of a lot weirder with the news that Tobe Hooper of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre fame very nearly directed a bizarre Spider-Man horror film during the decade of ill-fated fashion trends. These days the films rights for Spider-Man are in the capable hands of Sony and Marvel, who are pumping out quality films like Spider-Man: Homecoming and its much-anticipated, soon-to-be released sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home. This wasn’t always the case, however.
Before Columbia laid claim to the web-slinging boy wonder and made Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man reboot, Spidey’s film rights were – for a short spell – owned by B-movie legend Roger Corman. Considering that Corman’s later brush with the superhero genre resulted in the 1994 Fantastic Four movie – a film so disastrous it was never released – it’s probably good that nothing came of his brief ownership of Spidey. The now defunct Cannon Films were next in line after securing a five-year option period from Marvel for a (rather measly by today’s standards) $225,000. But judging by Cannon’s plans for Spider-Man the superhero may have been in safer hands with Corman.