A decade removed, it seems crazy to think there was a time Spider-Man had yet to be given the big budget, Hollywood movie. In that time we’ve been given four movies and the character’s existence on the big screen is pretty much taken for granted. But imagine this. You’re sitting around in 2001 and a trailer plays touting not only the first Spider-Man movie, it’s directed by Sam Raimi, stars Tobey Maguire, and Spider-man has mechanical webshooters.

It happened. Maybe. Even if those webshooters never made the movie. After the jump check out a mysterious “unseen” trailer for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man that includes mechanical webshooters.

Thanks to Comic Book Movie for the heads up on this and SevenWebHeads for the video. More after you watch.

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According to the YouTube description, this trailer has never been seen outside of “Electronics Expo 2001″ which I assume means “Electronics Entertainment Expo,” or E3. It’s hard to tell from the low quality but a large portion of the footage certainly looks like it’s from the finished film. There are a few shots that don’t look familiar, though, so it’s not quite clear if this was created by Sony or maybe by one of their video game branches. Hence the E3 premiere.

Then there’s the blatant shot of the mechanical webshooter. While I do vaguely remember something about Raimi toying with the idea before going organic (I’m sure someone in the comments will clarify) doesn’t that shot feel oddly out of place within the rest of the trailer? Almost like it’s edited in to troll the 40 million Spidey fans out there.

We’ll probably never know the answers to those questions but the trailer is still a cool look back at modern movie history. I know I’ll never forget the first time I saw that film: Indianapolis, IN during Star Wars Celebration II. What about you?

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