Audiences may have moved on to another “Spider-Man” franchise in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” but Sam Raimi is still stuck in the original webslinger movie universe.
Raimi recently looked back not so fondly at 2007’s conclusion to his “Spider-Man” trilogy during an interview with the Nerdist. The filmmaker said trying to raise the bar by adding characters he didn’t “believe in” may have “doomed” the film.
“It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well,” he told Chris Hardwick on the Nerdist podcast. “I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man.
“If the director doesn’t love something, it’s wrong of them to make it when so many other people love it. I think (raising the stakes after ‘Spider-Man 2’) was the thinking going into it, and I think that’s what doomed us. I should’ve just stuck with the characters and the relationships and progressed them to the next step and not tried to top the bar.”
When Hardwick insisted during the interview that “bad” isn’t the right word to describe “Spider-Man 3,” Raimi said “awful” is the better choice.
Raimi has said in the past that he wasn’t the biggest fan of the villain Venom, whom Sony wanted to include because of the character’s large youth following. The studio has since ordered a spinoff focusing on Venom as part of “The Amazing Spider-Man” rebooted series. Alex Kurtzman is set to direct.