Behind The Scenes Facts About Sam Raimi Spider-Man Movies

Spider-Man Movie Facts

Everyone has an opinion of which iteration of Peter Parker’s crimefighting alter ego is the best to ever swing onto the big screen. However, the first depiction to really bring one of Marvel Comics’ most iconic superheroes into the cinematic mainstream is Tobey Maguire’s portrayal in 2002’s wildly successful Spider-Man and its two sequels.

The action-packed trilogy — which some might consider to be among the all-time greatest superhero movies — genuinely marked a major turning point in how comic book movies were perceived and also saw director Sam Raimi take a big step from indie horror auteur to the big budget Hollywood filmmaker many know him as today. The story of how this trilogy came to be is just as fascinating as what unfolds on screen. Learn all about it with these behind-the-scenes facts about the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies — starting with one of the more infamous trivia bits about the first film.

Sam Raimi Was Disappointed By How Spider-Man 3 Turned Out

Speaking of Sam Raimi, the harshest critic of Spider-Man 3 is, probably, the director himself. As a guest on the Nerdist Podcast (via MarkMeets) in 2015, the filmmaker went as far as calling it “awful,” but elaborated on his feelings about the infamous threequel with the following:

It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well. 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.

One of the characters that Raimi didn’t really believe in, in particular, was supposedly Venom, which is, apparently, why he opted to make Vulture — a personal favorite Spider-Man villain of his — one of the main antagonists of his next installment and cast John Malkovich in the part. Unfortunately, that would never happen.

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