Fans were skeptical when it was first announced that Andrew Garfield – best known for his memorable supporting work in The Social Network – would take over the role of Peter Parker in this year’s The Amazing Spider-man (and subsequent sequels).

After all, Tobey Maguire had portrayed the webslinger in Sam Raimi’s smash Spider-man trilogy – becoming “the” Peter Parker for many movie fans. As it turns out, though, none other than Charlie Sheen almost beat Maguire to the original role.

Appearing on Jay Mohr’s new podcast Mohr Stories, Sheen – whose series Anger Management just received a massive 90-episode pickup – described the circumstances that nearly led to him donning the iconic red and blue costume:

“I had an office at Orion at the time, and I brought them Spider-Man. I said, ‘Look, in a couple of years, I’ll be too old to play Peter Parker.’ And they said, ‘Yeah, we’re just thinking that cartoons are not the future, comic books are not the future.’ And I said, ‘But it’s Spider-Man, I’m perfect.’ And they were like, ‘Nah, we’re gonna wait.'”

Sheen admits that he hadn’t yet acquired the rights – though he “had a guy in [his] pocket who was going to get them.

A few years after Sheen’s brush with superhero-dom, Orion – which brought us Oscar winners like Platoon (which, incidentally, featured a young Sheen) and The Silence of the Lambs – fell into bankruptcy. The production company’s premonition about the audience’s dwindling interest in comic book properties has, of course, been proven unequivocally wrong, with The Avengers and The Dark Knight sitting comfortably among the worldwide top grossers.

Could Charlie Sheen have been behind this mask?

Sheen as Spider-man might be hard to imagine, as the former Two and a Half Men star has since established himself as one of Hollywood’s most famous bad boys. Picturing him in glasses as a geeky kid destined to cross paths with a radioactive spider sounds like a bit of a stretch, but it’s certainly fun to speculate on what such a film would have looked like – especially now that Sheen’s real-life father, Martin Sheen, played Uncle Ben in The Amazing Spider-Man.

While superhero Sheen might be a pipe dream at this point, fans eagerly await the next installment of the current Spider-man franchise. The Amazing Spider-man 2 (likely not the actual title) swings into theaters on May 2, 2014.

Do you think Sheen would have made a good Spidey, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Mohr Stories [via THR]