Dear-oh-dear, poor Spidey, and poor Sony. They were on a winning streak with Sam Raimi‘s Spiderman 1 & 2, then they became greedy and took away creative control from Raimi; and chucked him after the third film (which broke Box Office records despite the unfavorable reviews). Five years later (2012) Sony rebooted the franchise to mediocre reviews, with the second installment of the reboot receiving even worse reviews and under-performing at the Box Office. As we reported earlier on today, Sony executives will be having a Spiderman summit come January to decide where to take the character next. It has been the Sony leaks, due to the hacking scandal, that has sparked an interest in Spidey’s fate after it was announced that Sony had been negotiating with Marvel about introducing the character in Captain America: Civil War. Spider-Man plays a big part in the comic book story arc during Civil War Chapter and would have been a terrific addition.
Subsequently, following the huge revelations from earlier on, it now seems that as well as approaching Marvel to try to save the character and the franchise, they also approached Sam Raimi (…the same Raimi they took a dump on after Spiderman 3) about possibly returning to Spider-Man as director or producer. Sony are entering desperate territory now as they are running out of ideas on what to do with the character and the franchise (if everybody had it their way, Spidey would have been back at his proper home (Marvel), and would have been in The Avengers from the outset).
A few media outlets including SlashFilm are now reporting that Amy Pascal has recently turned to Sam Raimi for help with the troubled Spider-Man franchise. In a piece written in the Wall Street Journal, there was a brief statement that, “Ms. Pascal also talked to Sam Raimi, who directed the studio’s first three ‘Spider-Man’ movies, about returning to the franchise, possibly to direct again or as a producer,” however, this has since been removed. The information has most likely been removed so that the Wall Street Journal can do a follow-up report, as it’s hard to imagine it has been removed due to a mistake or misinformation.
Raimi’s second Spiderman is often touted as one of the best comic book movie adaptations to date, and rightfully so. The first and second installments are great, and the third one receives a lot of unfair criticism as Raimi done all he could with what he had. It’s no secret that studio interference, Raimi being given less creative control, and the studio heads failing to listen to him when trying to explain that certain villains wouldn’t work alongside his vision, gave him certain limitations. So, Raimi was stuck in a Catch-22, as the fans wanted Venom to be introduced into the movie, as did Sony. Therefore Raimi included Venom (or without using the euphemism, was “forced” to include him), then fans complained about the amount of villains included in the third film (…a no-win situation).
Spiderman 3 is a great comic book movie, if you can put aside some of the bad points, and due to the stellar job Raimi did with the first two movies without any studio interference – he is easily the best man to get the franchise back on track again. However, due to the way he was treated back in 2007, would he ever consider coming back? …does Sony deserve a director of his caliber after they told him where to go?
It’s worth noting that Raimi eventually sat down and watched The Amazing Spider-Man, and he had nothing but good things to say about it. Whether that is an act of diplomacy or not, who knows for sure!
In an article with the Inquisitr, this is what he had to say about dropping the baggage of his films, and viewing The Amazing Spider-Man with fresh eyes:
“It was very hard for me to see the new Spider-Man movie, I felt so attached to it, I couldn’t see Spider-Man with another director; it’s like my love, and I didn’t want to walk in on my love with someone else,” Raimi explained of his initial resistance to seeing the film. “It was just like that. Then I got over myself last week and said, ‘just see the damn thing’. And I did, and I loved it. I actually felt free.”
Strangely enough, seeing The Amazing Spider-Man didn’t re-open old wounds or cause any sort of ugly jealousy or negative animus toward Marc Webb’s take on the iconic character.
“I thought, ‘why am I carrying around this baggage?’ Of course the next Spider-Man story should be told, and [Marc Webb] did a wonderful job telling that,” Raimi reasoned. “I loved the movie, and I’m looking forward like a fan to the next installment. I love the comic book, and now I don’t feel bound, and I’m really glad somebody’s remaking it again.”
Whether that is sincere or not is hard to say, but the big question is …..has he seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2? I doubt he would have been as positive about that mess of a movie as he was with the first installment.
Do you think Raimi should come back to Sony to put the pieces back together? Or are you happy with Marc Webb‘s take on the character? Or do you just want to see Spidey back at Marvel? Let us know folk.