After 2 successful movies, Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy came crashing to a halt with Spiderman 3. What went wrong in the series?
How did the movie take Sony’s original web-slinger trilogy from the top of the superhero tree to the bottom?
As it was recently reported that Marvel Studios are lining up Sam Raimi to take over from Scott Derrickson on Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness and that would be an understatement to say that fans are eager to see what the director could do with the madness of Doctor Stephen Strange.
Aside from his pioneering Evil Dead franchise, Sam Raimi is perhaps best known for directing the original Spiderman movies starring Tobey Maguire as the web-slinger.
Both the Spiderman movies of 2002 and 2004 were instrumental in establishing superheroes as the key part of the cinematic calendar and struck the sweet balance between drawing in a new generation of young Spiderman fans and pleasing the grown-ups that had harbored an obsession with the Marvel character since his days as a cartoon meme machine.
Director Sam Raimi could direct Spiderman again in Doctor Strange 2
After financial juggernauts, it seems like director Sam’s Spiderman franchise could do no wrong, but then came along the Spiderman 3 to prove that the new generation of Cinematic superheroes was still susceptible to the Batman&Robin treatment if it had been handled improperly.
Director Sam Raimi and the original trilogy cast were denied the opportunity to set the record straight when the fourth Spiderman fell through, leaving the third film as an awkward finale to an otherwise stellar franchise.
Here is how it went wrong.
Spiderman 3 had too many villains
The first two movies benefitted hugely from orbiting around one single villain.
Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin in the first one and Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus in the second. In both the case, the audiences saw how great men can become corrupted by power.
Oddly the third Spiderman sequel swung in the opposite direction, casting Topher Grace as Venom and Thomas Haden as Sandman, while finally turning James Franco into the Green Goblin.
Sam had referenced Doctor Strange in 2004’s Spiderman 2
This Is Venom?!
Spider-Man 3’s Venom was more of a plot device to make other characters turn bad than an evil being in his own right, and Venom’s cause wasn’t helped by a lackluster visual appearance that rarely showcased the authentic comic design.
There was a palpable excitement when Venom was revealed as one of Spider-Man 3’s villains, and a just-as-palpable deflated groan when audiences finally saw the iconic comic character in live-action.
Peter Parker Going Emo
The third part of the Spiderman woes can largely be surmised by one infamous scene, but that’s just the tip of a floppy-haired black eyeliner iceberg.