Filmmaker Sam Raimi appeared on the Nerdist podcast to promote Murder of a Cat, which he produced and his wife Gillian Greene directed. While there, he also reflected on the critically-panned 2007 sequel Spider-Man 3. Despite being drubbed by critics and fans alike, the director was initially slated to return for Spider-Man 4, before the studio decided to reboot the franchise once again with 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man and this year's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. When asked about Spider-Man 3, the director opened up, and revealed that trying to raise the stakes after the beloved Spider-Man 2 was what "doomed" the sequel, which he admits is "awful."
"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. 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."
When host Chris Hardwick added that he didn't think "bad" was the right word for Spider-Man 3, Sam Raimi added that the sequel was "awful." The filmmaker was also asked if he had the chance to make Spider-Man 3 again, would he? The director said he would, although he would have to care about the characters.
"I wouldn't make that movie. 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."
Co-host Matt Mira also complimented the filmmaker on his last film, Oz: The Great and Powerful, which he didn't seem too happy with either.
"I did the best I could."