Back at the beginning of the century, it was a tight race to see who would direct the big screen debut of the Amazing Spider-Man, and the winner was Sam Raimi, a man who till that point who had mostly been known for his small budget horror films. Raimi acquitted himself well, and made two very enjoyable Spider-Man movies and then tripped over the tangled web of expectations from the audience, the studio and himself for part three. Raimi hasn’t returned to the superhero realm since, but don’t think that he hasn’t thought about. That’s right Marvel, Raimi’s door is open if want to knock, go in and surprise him.
While conducting an interview with The Week on the eve of the launch of his new series Ash Vs. The Evil Dead, Raimi mentioned his regret in regards to his work on Spider-Man 3, while also subtly indicating that he wouldn’t mind getting back into the, ahem, swing of things so far as superhero adventures are concerned.
“I messed up on the third one, I think they’re so complete now, Marvel. They probably don’t need me anymore. But if they needed me? I’d love to. It’s great to be wanted.”
Well, there’s a difference between being wanted and being needed. At this point, it could be argued that Marvel Studios doesn’t need Raimi, as their movies are some of the most desired by the industry’s filmmaking talent. Also not working in Raimi’s favor is that Marvel, at this point, is not going to be offering an established filmmaker like Raimi the creative room he’s used to in making a Marvel movie.
And not to flog a dead horse, but is the fan community ready to forgive Raimi for his Spider-sins. The only reason people have gotten over it is basically because the Amazing Spider-Man experience under Marc Webb was so disappointing. Still, Raimi deserves credit for doing his part to launch the comic book movie subgenre, and making it so lucrative. If nothing else, he’s secured his place in Hollywood by leading the first three Spider-Man movies to nearly $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office.
The next Spider-Man movie will hit theaters everywhere July 2017.
Source: The Mary Sue