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Your annual defense of Spider-Man 3 is here

Of the three Spider-Man movies directed for Sony by Sam Raimi, it was the last chapter that received the most critical attention. Most of that was negatively directed towards Tobey Maguire's dance sequence, a baffling moment that somehow avoided the cutting room floor. Its other major sorepoint was the depiction of Venom, a fan-favorite character from the comics, who was misrepresented onscreen after being pushed into the movie at the last minute.

While it's been several years since Spider-Man 3 hit cinemas, it's a topic that still generates discussion as actor Topher Grace -- who played Venom -- was recently asked by THR about the film's shortcomings. "I know the movie did well for Sony," he says, "but I also know a lot of people weren't happy with it. I think Sam is so talented. I remember one time I was on ninth unit. (Laughs.) Ninth unit? It's like he's running a small country...."

"This summer, there was a movie like that where people are just slamming a big studio movie. I would love to see anyone who's slamming one of those movies try to fit in Sam Raimi's position. He was like the president of a small country — by the way, it had the gross national income of a small country, too. I have huge respect for him. I think, on a whole, he did such a fantastic job [on that trilogy]."

There's no mistaking Sam Raimi's ability to deliver a big blockbuster, but his hardcore fans will no doubt be more enthralled by his next project Ash Vs. Evil Dead which debuts in the US October 31 on Starz.

Gem is GR+'s west coast entertainment news reporter. She’s a bit obsessed with all things Aliens and Terminator.