Michael Jackson tried to buy Marvel Comics just so that he could play Spider-Man in his own produced movie.
Late pop icon Michael Jackson once wanted to star in his own Spider-Man movie, and he was ready to buy Marvel to do it.
Stan Lee revealed the Gloved One's interest years ago just after the singer died, but it seems the story of Jackson's crazy plan was long buried under the usual avalanche of other superhero fan news.
The Telegraph reported that Lee opened up about Jackson's ambitions at a 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. He'd been visiting Jackson's Neverland Ranch, he said, and "He wanted to do Spider-Man."
"I'm not sure whether he just wanted to produce it," Lee continued, "or wanted to play the role. Our conversation never got that far along." In the brief video interview above he expands on the story—and at the end, there's a hilarious animation of Jackson and Spider-Man doing dance moves from the "Billie Jean" video side-by-side.