Sam Raimi is responsible for bringing the best interpretation of Spider-Man to the big screen with his 2002 movie starring Tobey Maguire. He then followed it up with a sequel, which was well-received, but Raimi's third movie, Spider-Man 3, is considered a bust.
Spider-Man 3 actually did well at the box office (it's the fifth best Marvel comic book movie in the U.S.), but don't let the numbers fool you as fans disliked the movie in droves.
Now while appearing on the Nerdist Podcast, Sam Raimi (who is said to be in talks with Sony for new Spider-Man movies) talks about Spider-Man 3.
"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," Raimi said. "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. I think that was my mistake. [But] directors don't like to talk about their bad films."
It's then suggested by the podcast hosts that the word "bad" isn't the right word for Spider-Man 3, with Raimi offering, "Awful!"
Raimi is then asked if given the chance, would he do Spider-Man 3 over again.
"I wouldn't make that movie," Raimi said. "If I had a different story with characters that I cared about and was engaging, yes, in a second. I love Spider-Man. That was never the issue, just that I made the wrong story, the wrong way. That's everything.
"I did the best I could," Raimi added.