Michael Chabon is best known to superhero fans for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, but what isn't known by many is that he turned in a draft screenplay for Spider-Man 2. In honor of the upcoming publication of Chabon's Maps and Legends, McSweeneys.net has posted up a copy of Chabon's take on Marvel's web-slinging superhero.
Chabon was the third out of four screenwriters who worked on the Spider-Man 2 script, and while his version wasn't the final one used, he did receive "screen story" credit. Sam Raimi said that he would have liked to use Chabon for Spider-Man 3, however ultimately that didn't happen. When asked about Spider-Man 2, Chabon wrote "People seem to want to know which parts of the final film, if any, represent my contribution. I always say, 'The ones you liked the best.' That is, of course, a non-answer. As is this."
Chabon's novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, is in many ways an homage to Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The novel introduced the character The Escapist. Since publication of the novel, Dark Horse comics have created a series of comic books based around the character.