It’s still a bit strange that we’re getting a third Spider-Man franchise already — the second reboot in three years, and the second reboot since Sam Raimi kicked off the franchise with 2002's Spider-Man. Following Marvel and Sony’s highly-anticipated deal to collaborate on the new reboot of the character, Raimi himself is weighing in with his thoughts on the deal and his faith in the future of Spidey.
Raimi is echoing what most critics and fans have been telling him for the last seven years. ‘Spider-Man 3’ had the lowest Rotten Tomatoes rating of any film in the franchise (until this year’s ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’), and it made less money in the U.S. than either of its predecessors. For many, it represents not only the lowest-point of the Spider-Man series, but for comic-book movies as a whole; the conclusion of Raimi’s Spider-trilogy routinely ranks among the worst superhero movies ever. (See: this, and this, and this, and this, and this.) No wonder Spidey looks so sad on the ‘Spider-Man 3’ teaser poster; everyone hates his movie.
Although Sam Raimi’s first two ‘Spider-Man’ films were mostly critically-acclaimed and loved by fans, most look back upon his ‘Spider-Man 3' with a mixture of confusion, disdain, and sadness—mostly due to a plot that feels less focused and Topher Grace’s hilariously, cartoonishly bad performance as Eddie Brock, aka Venom. But don’t feel too bad, you guys, because Raimi is admitting that he’s not a fan of ‘Spider-Man 3,’ either.
Wayward comics and television writer Brian K. Vaughan has finally resurfaced in a new report from Deadline Hollywood, who say the lauded creator of "Y: The Last Man" will return to the public stage in "Smokers," a new Fox television series produced by Stars Road Entertainment, the production company of "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi.
Created by Vaughan, "Smokers" is described by Deadline as a "high-concept drama about a documentary c
(We're trying something a little different here, presenting two reviews of Spider-Man 3 in a single post -- the first by Ian Sattler, the second by John Anderson. Will our intrepid reporters agree or disagree? More importantly, will you agree or disagree with them? Read on, decide for yourselves once you've seen the movie, and don't be shy about letting us know what you think!)