Michael Jackson wanted to make "Spider Man" movie, says Stan Lee


MTV Splash Page blog editor Rick Marshall says, "I interviewed Stan Lee during Comic-con, and asked him about that late-'90s deal that almost had him and Michael Jackson buying Marvel Comics. During his response, he mentioned that Jackson wanted to buy the rights to Spider-Man so he could make a movie... or possibly to star in it?! It's an intriguing "What If?" scenario, if nothing else." Neat video of Mr. Lee's reply to that odd question is here: What If Michael Jackson Made 'Spider-Man'? Stan Lee Explains How It Almost Happened!


  1. I agree Bat. Spider 3 was wrong in every way, especially the use of Gwen Stacey. If we are talking Spider-Man and “What if…” What if James Cameron had actually made the Spider-Man movie he was planning on making with Michael Biehn as Peter Parker?

    That’s the movie I wanted to see. I can’t complain about Sam Raimi though, although his best ‘comic book’ movie was DARKMAN, not Spider-Man or Spider-Man 2.

  2. Instead he had to content himself with playing one of the coolest, weirdest villains of the ’80s, Ace Spencer, in a couple of annuals of “The Spectacular Spider-Man”:


    OMG I remember that character. I read those books when they came out. I did not notice any Michael-Jackson-ism at the time.

    Was I oblivious? Or was that actually a pretty common look back then? Tight pants, frilly New Romantic style, half-bleached mullet. Eighties. Check.

    That was the beginning of comics’ Dark Age, and I remember those being pretty dark books. It was like, “Our problems are too complicated for you, meddling white boy. You can’t solve them by hitting something really hard. And your stupid powers don’t work here either, because we are too real for you.”

    Kind of the opposite of Michael Jackson really.

  3. Whenever some who is very successful in one field (for example, Michael Jackson and pop music) decides to get involved in something outside his field (spiderman, comic books) the result usually turns out more of a disappointment; an exercise in vanity.
    Is it the “Give My Regards To Broad Street” syndrome?
    I’m not saying that artists shouldn’t branch out with other projects, but they tend to hire less talented people who they can dictate to, rather than folks who know what they’re doing.
    Nothing against Michael Jackson (rip) but imagine the mess he would have made of Spiderman.

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