Don't Worry, Sam Raimi Also Thought 'Spider-Man 3' Was Terrible
If you're one of those people who hated Spider-Man 3 and have been patiently waiting for director Sam Raimi to admit that the final chapter of his webslinging trilogy is terrible, then we have good news. Raimi was speaking with Nerdist (via Pajiba) on their podcast, and when the host said "I don’t think that ‘bad’ is the right word,” Raimi quickly countered with "Awful!" But thankfully, he actually went into further detail about what didn't work with the third film. Unfortunately, he doesn't specifically mention the absolutely ridiculous jazz montage and club sequence, but he recognizes the biggest problems in the movie. Read on!
Here's what Raimi had to say about Spider-Man 3:
"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] 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. I think that was my mistake."
It's always nice to hear a director recognize when something didn't work. We've long known that Raimi wasn't a fan of using Venom, but the studio basically forced him to use the character, because they knew that's what fans really wanted. Unfortunately, what they get is a lame, rushed version of the iconic comic book villain, and it just ruins its effect in the movie. What's really a bummer is that Topher Grace was a pretty decent casting choice to counter Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man, but the character was just done so poorly that it didn't matter. Anyway, Raimi's Spider-Man franchise has fared better than the reboot franchise, so that's good. But will Sony Pictures force Venom into The Amazing Spider-Man 3? We'll see.