Sam Raimi’s Spiderman series is still my favorite despite the third installment. Recently, producer Avi Arad has admitted that the film’s poor reception was due to him.
Sam Raimi Come Back!
Sam Raimi gets it. He understands how to make a superhero movie. Perhaps that comes from him being a fan of comic books. Now, more than ever, it would be great to see him sit in the director’s chair again for Marvel or DC.
Yes, I know. Venom is performing at the box office. We have the latest version of Hellboy with David Harbour to look forward to and yet, I can’t stop wondering what Spiderman 4 would have been like if Raimi would have been able to continue.
Now, we have Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. Honestly, I can’t imagine him as the larger than life flamboyant failed actor, Quentin Beck. While I do enjoy Jake as a performer, I don’t know if this is the part for him but I will reserve judgement.
Darkman is a brilliant example of a non-franchise superhero film with a character that is original and it totally works! For my money, that 28-year-old movie is better than some of the current CW shows which tend to have more to do with “feelings in hallways” than actual good vs evil battles.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a Sam Raimi produced series on DC’s streaming service? Raimi has worked in television before he could give Marvel and Disney a run for their money.
My co-hosts Gary Buechler and Dennis Bithoulkas on our Nerdrotic Channel podcast frequently lament if only Avi Arad wouldn’t have forced Sam Raimi into adding Venom into the third installment of his series. Perhaps, the landscape would have been different.
Admitting Is the First Step
Recently, Screen Rant sat down with the producer who finally has admitted that forcing Raimi into doing something that he clearly had zero passion for was a mistake. While I can understand giving the audiences what they want maybe they could have held off on Venom’s inclusion.
Here is Arad’s takeaway from that entire experience:
“In all fairness, I’ll take the guilt because of what Sam Raimi used to say in all of these interviews feeling guilty that I forced him into it. And you know what I learned? Don’t force anybody into anything.”
Well, at least he gets it now but oh, how I wish he would have understood that concept in 2007… a girl can dream about what might have been.
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