Sam Raimi Was Listening To Your Outpourings Of Disappointment Over Spider-Man 3

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Even though Spiderman 3 made a boatload of cash there were still many "issues" that irked fans to no end: The dancing, hair flips, or the omelet scene. Now we know director Raimi took the audience's commentary to heart.


In an interview with ComingSoon/SuperheroHype, the director talked about the criticism and how he's dealing with it in the fourth installment to the web-slinging franchise:

Was making a fourth "Spider-Man" film an easy call for you to make? And were you and Tobey Maguire in lockstep on the decision, both eager to do it together?

I only wanted to do it with Tobey because my interest is in living the character with Tobey in a deeper way than we ever have lived it before. There comes with the familiarity a knowledge of a lot of the basics. I think it's really going to allow us to delve deeply into him as a human being, which is really why I'm into it this time.

"Spider-Man 3" received its share of criticism even though it was successful at the box office. Are you taking that into consideration when you're developing the fourth film?

Do I take the criticism into consideration? Yeah, absolutely. All filmmakers want their films to be liked. I shouldn't say that, but I definitely want my films to be liked by the audience. I don't make an artistic type of picture that I can say to myself "Even if this crowd doesn't like it, it stands as a work of art and will be appreciated years later or has meaning without the audience." I simply am an entertainer and I make films for audience appreciation. When they don't like it, I don't have a leg to stand on. If a critic doesn't like it, it's like "Oh, he hates me," or it's bad, they don't like it. Every time I get a bad criticism, I just try not to dwell on it but it's very upsetting. You really want to please people.

True, you can't please everyone. You can also edit stuff out that doesn't work with the feel of the character. But it sounds like the director has a good head on his shoulders for the next film. Truth be told I loved the first two and will see the next with hopes that it will be a return to the superhero renaissance he helped stimulate. Best of luck Raimi - we're ready for a re-do.

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Richard Spock

Raimi's lost it. Last good flick he made was The Gift.

The Spidermen were good, but none of them were awesome, but it's understandable, big studio, a movie aimed at little kids, how mind-blowing could he make them?

The sad thing is, Drag Me to Hell, his chance to break away from kid-movie-mold, looks like a piece of shit. Again, Rated PG-13. A horror movie. Designed not to scare 13-year-olds too much. Really? I'm shaking in my flop-flops.