In an interview, Spider-Man creator Stan Lee mentioned that during conversations with Michael Jackson, Jackson intimated a wish to star in the Spider-Man films. All I can say is, "Why the hell didn't they do this?!" In hindsight this seems like an amazing idea, of course the Spider-Man films have grossed more money than California, but Jackson would have made that ten thousand times better.
Sure some people might be turned off by the idea of Michael Jackson starring in any film, let alone a superhero film where he's running around in a tight spandex bodysuit, but... Have you seen the flash mobs for this guy? Even in death he's the most popular entertainer around! You think Justin Timberlake is going to have several thousand people gather in a town square to do some N'Sync dances anytime soon? Get real!
Just imagine if all the people who gathered to do those Jackson dances in mass (aside from all the inmates) paid to see Jackson's Spider-Man films. Holy crotch grab! That's talking loads of carnival ride money. I would go so far to say that if Jackson had been allowed the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, that would have kept his spirits up and he would definitely be alive today. Tobey Maguire would be doing well, I assume, and Kirsten Dunst would naturally be married to Jackson with tons of odd children running around. It would have been a better world damnit! Maybe George W. Bush watches "Spider-Man" in 2002, sees humanity for it's beauty, and then decides to NOT invade Iraq. Well that changes things a little doesn't it?! You chew on that.
A side note: Jackson had always identified with Peter Pan and called his home Neverland. Peter Pan is a property of Disney, and now Disney has bought Marvel, including Spider-Man... Is that just coincidence? Or does Disney know something I don't? Peter Pan, Spider Man, are those linked some how? I'm going to get to the bottom of this!