Sam Raimi Talks Candidly About Spider-Man 3, ‘I Messed Up Plenty’

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Despite being the highest grossing film in the franchise worldwide, 2007’s Spider-Man 3 is often cited as the worst in the series and one of the bigger letdowns of the superhero movie era. Such a letdown in fact that it lead to the rebooting of the whole franchise with Andrew Garfield as the new Peter Parker and Marc Webb in the director’s chair. Speaking on the Nerdist Podcast (via THR), Raimi opened up about the film and alluded to the mistakes made during production.

“Each and every one of those Spider-Man movies were pretty damn challenging,” Raimi said. “Working in that big budget arena where so much is at stake with much beloved characters that Stan Lee created and people really hold them so dear to them that you don’t want to mess up, and I messed up plenty with the third Spider-Man, so people hated me for years — they still hate me for it… It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well… I tried to make it work, but didn’t really believe in all the characters and so that can’t be hidden from people who love Spider-Man. If a director doesn’t love something, it’s wrong of them to make it if so many other people love it.”

Spider-Man 3 brought in $890 million worldwide during its initial release, a series high that still holds after the release of “The Amazing Spider-Man” films, both of which Spider-Man 3 outgrossed by $74 and $134 million, respectively.