Getting a brilliant comeback with Marvel's 'Multiverse of Madness', Sam Raimi reminded us all why exactly once upon a time he was one of the biggest Hollywood darlings.
However, despite getting a chance to enjoy creative and financial success with his films more than once, Sam Raimi still isn't totally content with his career – more specifically, with some of his own earlier creative choices and movies he made. Raimi's least favorite film in that regard is a movie that enjoyed quite an impressive box-office, but was panned by critics and fans alike.
We're talking about now-infamous ' Spider-Man 3'.
Released in 2007 as the final installment of Sony's Spider-Man trilogy, for five years 'Spider-Man 3' held the title of the highest-grossing Sony film (up until 'Skyfall' came out in 2012). Raimi's epic broke lots of records back at the time, introduced Eddie Brock/Venom properly to a wider audience and spawned numerous "emo Peter" and "dancing Peter" memes.
How a movie that grossed almost $900 million worldwide could be that bad, especially when the first two installments of the trilogy are still largely considered some of the best comic book films ever made? That's the question Raimi himself has an actual answer too.
Back in 2014 the director admitted that he wasn't all that enthusiastic about actually making the movie – and subsequently cared about his characters less that he ought to to make everything work.
"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."
Years later 'Spider-Man 3' is still loved, however ironically: while the movie is celebrating its 15 years anniversary this year, many Spidey fans admit that, all things considered, Raimi's least favorite film wasn't even that bad (after all, now we all have 'Morbius' to compare superhero flicks to). Yes, 'Spider-Man 3' was flawed, but still, there was that emotional connection to the trilogy many Marvel fans just can't recreate these days, watching too many new superhero movies every year.
"Still love and defend this movie, it may not be the best but still a really good (with flaws) movie. I think this is the only trilogy I've ever been emotional for personally," as one of the Spidey fans put it on Reddit.