In some alternate reality somewhere, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is currently filming. The cast and creative team took to the stage at Comic-Con to show off some concept art from the movie and a new poster, as well as revealing that Spider-Man will team up with Rocket Racer to fight ‘The Wall‘. Everybody is ridiculously excited after the previous movie grossed $2billion worldwide, with many fans claiming that Sony ‘won’ SDCC.

Fortunately, we don’t live in that world. Instead we live in the universe where The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was fucking terrible, Sony wanted to make a movie out of Aunt May and Marvel Studios swooped in to save the day with a partnership between the two companies, sticking the web-head into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (this isn’t the darkest timeline). However, at Comic-Con over the weekend IGN caught up with actor Denis Leary (via CBM), who you may remember played Captain George Stacy in the two movies and voiced Diego in Ice Age – definitely way cooler. Leary revealed that he was set to come back in the third movie because of… well, see for yourself.

“Possibly in 3, there was this idea at one point that Spider-Man would be able to take this formula and regenerate the people in his life that had died. So, there was this discussion that Captain Stacy would come back even bigger in episode 3. I was like, pfft, let’s go!”

‘Oh’ is the response I had after reading it. It’s obviously great to see Leary so enthusiastic about the largely-denis leary amazing spider-mandisappointing franchise and source material, but that doesn’t stop the idea being awful. However, if you go back and watch the second movie then you can guess that this could have been the way forward. Norman Osborn had died and his severed head was being kept somewhere, so there would have had to be some way to bring him back from the dead. Should Peter have stumbled across this ‘formula’ he likely would have wanted to try it out, although why he would have gone for Captain Stacy rather than Gwen or Uncle Ben is lost on me. Perhaps they all would have been brought back. Man, this just would have been terrible. What would be the point of bringing them back from the dead other than star value? Where could you go with the characters?

While the rational part of my brain is telling me that it’s a good job this never happened, another part is incredibly sad because this would have been hilarious. Spider-Man is one of my favourite superheroes and I shouldn’t be happy about bastardizations of the character but a small part of me really wants to see how the ‘Spider-Man Cinematic Universe’ would have worked out given the amount of batshit crazy ideas that Sony execs were coming up with. It’s a nice ‘What if?’ tale for we geeks to ponder over the next few years. Dammit Marvel!

Instead of this, we have the Spider-Man reboot out July 28, 2017. Tom Holland is Peter Parker and Marisa Tomei is Aunt May, directed by Jon Watts. Hopefully there won’t be any weird resurrection shenanigans going on in that movie.