Almost eight years after Sam Raimi unveiled Spider-Man 3 to the world, the director admits he made more than a few boo-boos.
Speaking with Chris Hardwick on The Nerdist Podcast this past week, Raimi agreed that the universally panned film was just slightly better than atrocious.
“I messed up plenty with the third Spider-Man,” Raimi said. “It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well.”
That may just be the understatement of the decade.
From a grinning and dancing Peter Parker to Tobey Maguire’s emo styled hair, Spider-Man 3 felt more like a satirical farce on the entire franchise than a new installment.
Raimi told Hardwick that each Spider-Man movie had its own set of difficulties, and with the third entry, he just didn’t believe in the characters or the story they were trying to tell.
“I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that can’t be hidden from someone who really loves Spider-Man.”
On top of not believing in what he was shooting, Raimi also confessed that he felt pressure from the studio to create the best and biggest super-hero film the world had ever seen. All just one year before Marvel would debut their Iron Man and begin constructing their cinematic universe.
“I think that’s what doomed us in the end,” Raimi said, referencing the pressure felt.
No matter what wrong ingredients may have been added to the boiling pot by accident, the result was still calamitous. It derailed the entire franchise and turned a celebrated character into the butt of a pop culture joke. It wasn’t until 2012 that Sony was willing to try again with a whole new cast and crew.
Even though Raimi is burdened with forever having Spider-Man 3 attached to his resume, the director isn’t slowing down anytime soon. He’s currently working on adapting his most beloved horror film franchise, The Evil Dead, for television.
Whether or not Raimi will ever take another super hero directing role? That’s still debatable.