Raimi Wants Bruce Campbell Back For Spider-Man 4

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 3:44 pm,

One of the most fun aspects of each of the Spider-Man movies (and just about the best thing about the third one) is the small appearance of Bruce Campbell. He was the wrestling announcer in the first film (who actually, if you remember, came up with the name “Spider-Man” for Peter Parker), the snooty Usher who prevented Peter from seeing Mary-Jane’s play, and the Maitre d’ who helped him propose to her in the third one.

Well, furthering his love for the Spider-Man universe (which has seen him, along with Tobey Maguire signing on for a fourth and fifth film), he has told MTV that he would like to have Campbell back for the fourth film:

“I would love to have Bruce in ‘Spider-Man 4′. I haven’t talked to him about it yet, but he’s such a source of humor for me. I love working with the guy. He’s a great and really dedicated actor, as much as we kid each other all the time. I haven’t spoken to him yet, but I hope that he would [be in the film].”

“I don’t know what [his role] would be yet,” Raimi admitted. “Until then, we can only hope that the actor (and his chin) will play an important role in “Spider-Man 4.”

As an avid film fan, I love seeing these two work together in any sort of capacity. Whether it be a director-main star relationship, such as the Evil Dead series, or simply Campbell making a quick cameo in a series of films, it doesn’t matter. These two are legends of the film world, Raimi for his talent as a filmmaker, Campbell for his iconic status, and any chance to see them work together is welcomed.

I don’t see why Campbell shouldn’t be in the fourth Spider-Man movie, or the fifth one for that matter. It’s like the Alfred Hitchcock cameos from all of his films – you just expect to see him in there. But who could he play? As Raimi said above he doesn’t quite know yet, but perhaps he could play someone a bit more important this time around. Not a main character who is integral to the outcome of the story, but a bit more than just an announcer… or an usher… or a Maitre d’.

Maybe if and when Campbell accepts Raimi’s wish to have him back for an appearance in Spider-Man 4, that will spur them on to getting on with the much anticipated Evil Dead 4.

One can only hope…

Do you like the idea of Campbell coming back for another Spider-Man cameo? If so, what type of character should he play?

Spider-Man 4 is slated for a May 6th, 2011 release.

Source: MTV

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  1. Bruce Campbell as Morbius!!! :D Who would have seen that coming?

  2. He should play a character with one hand missing… I’m sure that would get the audience going…

  3. @greenknight,

    I guess that charm didn’t work for Spidey 3:-)

  4. @ Ross no way huh? I guess 891 million in Worldwide box office and another 115 million from DVD sales in North AMerica alone was bad luck… ;)

  5. Well that means I need to see it because of Bruce.

    He should be Ash and kill Morbius and make spiderman look like a moron.(Not that it takes much to do that)

  6. Oh stop shortening his name to make it sound more manly, his name is Ashley, lol. :-D

  7. Bruce as SCorpion .
    J/k !

  8. i like the idea of bringing him back, i mean he was hilarious in all three films, just dont turn him into mysterio

  9. @greenknight,

    Haha, I was referring to the quality of the movie, as I thought you were, not the money it made. Touche, though my friend, touche:-)

  10. Campbell is fantastic. Army of Darkness was so campy and awesome. His bit on Burn Notice isn’t that bad either. I say more Campbell.

  11. Bruces Cameo was one of the few things that entertained me in Spider Man 3 .
    I hope he comes back for 4.

  12. He’s pretty funny in the movies, I didn’t know much of his work though until I saw a few episodes of Burn Notice and he’s hilarious.

  13. How about Bruce as KRAVEN, eh? Eh?

    Think about it: safari hunter comes in from Africa, looking for a challenge. He reads about Spider-Man in the newspapers, puts on a kooky suit, and attacks Spidey after he rescues somebody!

    And POW! End of Kraven’s career. :p

  14. phil,

    sure why not? i mean they miscast venom in the last film, why not miscast kraven in this one?

  15. @ Matt,

    If Campbell can get his ass into shape, and pull of a good Russian accent, he’d be perfect for Kraven. Miscast? No way.

  16. i can’t see Campbell as any villain without turning spidey four into a comedy. I loved his little bell he rings in spidey 3 for his pen and pad to be brought to him. He he he. Classic.

  17. ok, who`s i going to be? he said he wants Kraven, then Morbius, then Lizard, and i heard him once say it might be Vulture, now Mysterio? are they ever going to make a real choice for a villain? it really didn`t show Bruce CampBell being one of the important characters in the first 3 movies so i`d rather not have someone that didn`t seem to be a setup for future films. i would pair lizard with Scorpion.

  18. I have no problem with Campbell in the movies as cameos, but having him be a villain would turn the movie campy. Let him stick the type of parts he’s played so far.

  19. Matt K, I was joking, if that wasn’t readily apparent ;D

  20. Ash Ali, actually I was being sarcastic. Although it would make for a funny cameo of a sort, I’d hope they pay more respect to the Kraven character somehow.

    Anyway, I don’t think they will cast Bruce Campbell as a villain. He’s there to make us chuckle as a relief from the emo scenes Tobey Maguire usually has to do in these movies… I WOULD like to see him have a bigger role, though.

    Also: get away from these aforementioned emo scenes, please! Let’s just have Spider-Man mostly having some fun as a superhero again. No need to make the movie all gloomy.

  21. Funny, hearing Bruce on the radio some weeks back, he was saying the exact same thing. He has small roles, but each time he was crucial.
    So sure he’d be keen to be in it too.

    He’s been in the rest, so keep him in I say.

  22. he was a good cameo! so it’s a very good idea!

  23. Don’t forget the other “regular” casting of Sam Rami’s 1973 Oldmobile. It’s Evil Dead too. Check it out. Donnie Darkio. Pete’s uncle died in the car. It’s in ALL of his movies. It’s like Where’s Waldo only with a car.

    And don’t forget Ted Raimi as J Johna Jameson’s brow-beaten assistant.

    On of the most dead on casting in that movie is J.K. Simmons. Best J. Johna Jameson EVER!!

  24. Bruce is the man but not for major roles like any villans. Let him keep to cool cameos, ok? He’s one of my favourites.

  25. Hey, wasn’t he Jack of all Trades too?

  26. Sounds like the script is almost done for Spiderman 4, so I doubt he’s a main character. However it would be a ggod spot to introduce him as Quentin Beck in a cameo, and return as Mysterio in a later film.
    At least a cameo as Mysterio being caught in the beginning of the film.

  27. He “hopes” Campbell will take whatever role is in Spider-Man 4? Does Bruce have something better to do? Doesn’t seem like he’s out there much. “Burn Notice” was cancelled, wasn’t it?