Sam Raimi reveals Spider-Man 3 regrets

Sam Raimi has been discussing his time on the Spider-Man franchise with the Nerdist podcast, and has revealed that he himself was disappointed with the much maligned Spider-Man 3.

It was well documented at the time that Sony had insisted upon the inclusion of Venom, and Raimi alludes to said meddling when explaining what he thinks went wrong with the sequel…

“It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well,” admits Raimi. “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 after Spider-Man 2] 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.”

Refreshingly honest, then, although given how successful the first two films were, he probably doesn’t need to beat himself up too much…