Sam Raimi Agrees With ‘Spider-Man 3’ Critics

Even though Spider-Man 3 did unbelievably boffo box office, it’s been widely regarded as the first time director Sam Raimi stumbled with the franchise in terms of quality and enjoyability, and many people cite the fact that he was juggling three bad guys – Topher Grace’s Venom, Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman and James Franco’s hoverboarding goblinesque deal. Now, Raimi’s admitting to that issue. “I think having so many villains detracted from the experience,” he said. “I would agree with the criticism.”

As far as Spider-Man 4 goes, it’s still in the script phase, although it’s due to start shooting in March. After working on a much-smaller budget for Drag Me To Hell (new on DVD this week), his well-regarded horror film, Raimi says he’s learned a thing or two. “I think I’ve learned about the importance of getting to the point and the importance of having limitations, and I’m hoping to take that into a production where I’m actually allowed to explore with more of the tools to pull it off with a little more splendor. I hope I don’t lose that edge that I’ve just found. That would be my approach to Spider-Man 4: to get back to the basics.”

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Now what about all this talk about Spider-Man 5 and 6? “Every time I make one of the Spider-Man movies, I have to ask myself, is the character still intriguing to me? Do I love the character? Am I dying to tell the next story of Peter Parker and Spider-Man? And so far the answer has been yes,” Raimi answers. “I’ve got to be super-excited about it. If I can’t reach that level of commitment and excitement, I think then there’d be somebody else better to do justice to the story. You have to ask me in two-and-half years.”

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