Looking back, you've worked on Spider-Man in some way for nearly eight years. Has the excitement stayed with you?
RAIMI: I'm just as excited about the character, and so in that sense, yes. Although the physical energy level between how I felt before I started shooting versus what was left of me on the last day of photography, I was so exhausted at the end of Spider-Man 3 I can't tell you. My love for the characters and my passion for the stories are the same, but I was just a shell of the person that I was after all of those movies.
If you had to take a break and pick a director to replace you on the franchise, is there anyone at the top of your list?
RAIMI: Because I love Spider-Man I would just say -- I don't want to pick someone. I don't know if I'll be directing the picture or not, but I'd like to say that it would be somebody that was the best gift I could give to Spider-Man -- someone who understands him and loves him and could bring his passion and love to the character. A character director probably; no one else.
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