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Sam Raimi: 'Spider-Man 3 was awful'

Director Sam Raimi is convinced Spider-Man fans still "hate" him for "messing up" the third of his web-slinger movies.

Spider-Man 3, which starred Tobey Maguire, was released in 2007 to negative reviews, with critics calling it a "mess," and "hastily assembled from a bargain rack of lesser movies".

Raimi now admits he made mistakes with the movie - and it's failure to win over fans and critics alike is on him.

He tells Nerdist.com, "Working in that big-budget arena, with so much at stake, with much-beloved characters that Stan Lee created, people really hold them so dear to them that you don't want to mess up, and I messed up with that third Spider-Man.

"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 I didn't really believe in all the characters, and so that can'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."

Raimi considered splitting the movie in two after he started having doubts about the character of Venom, played by Topher Grace, but he eventually abandoned the idea when he couldn't decide where to end the potential first film.



He continues, "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."

Despite the negative reviews, the third film in his Spider-Man franchise was the biggest at the box office, grossing $891 million worldwide.

Director Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield have since reimagined the superhero in the films The Amazing Spider-Man and this year's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


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