Spider-Man 4 With Sam Raimi Involved?

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untitled Spider Man 4 With Sam Raimi Involved?Apparently Sam Raimi may be involved with the production on Spider-Man 4. Wow, that might be one of the worst ideas I have heard this year. Don’t get me wrong, up until Spider-Man 3, Raimi was one of my favorite directors. I love the majority of his movies. Darkman was fun, both Evil Dead films, Army of Darkness, A Simple Plan, the first two Spider-Man movies; he really has done some wonderful films. On top of his movies, he introduced the world to Bruce Campbell. I think his place in the annals of film history is secure for that fact alone.

Spider-Man 3 was a disaster though.

It was chock full of bad dance numbers (a must in super-hero movies, stay tuned for Heroes: The Musical), too many bad guys, and no clear idea as to what it meant to accomplish.

Being a comic book fan, I would think that a movie done by a former horror film director featuring Venom as a character would be both scary and a no-brainer. Instead, we received multiple half-hearted storylines that failed to deliver any emotional punch due to lack of screen time. The Sandman angle could have been good (I think it started well), but was left unfinished and with almost no resolution. The Venom storyline could have been scary and intense, but was never handled properly due to a bias from Raimi. Gwen Stacy had no business in the film and the Green Goblin story arc should have been dealt with in a later movie so as to give as all a break from the Norman/Harry Osborn/Green Goblin villain.

Now Raimi has hinted that he may be involved in writing and will see if the script is something he would like to direct. Come on Sony, use your heads. The response to Spider-Man 3 was poor at best. Bring in some new blood; give the franchise some new life. Maybe Sam will end up directing and it will be good, but other franchises have benefited from a new vision and a different direction (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was easily better then the first two movies). I think Sam would also do well with a change of scenery. Let him take his rumored stab at The Hobbit (only if Peter jackson is not interested) In my humble opinion, it is time for for someone else to direct everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Source: Empire Online

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  1. I don’t think ‘Spidey 3′ was a “disaster” per se… but, y’know what sucks the most? I simply walked out completely neutral, with no interest in seeing the franchise continue.

    As for Venom… it’s pretty sad when his appearance was less interesting than Harry’s – the only part of the movie that had any real bite to it.

    Sam Raimi or not… I just don’t care anymore. And I wish I did.

  2. Yeah, I wouldn’t say it was awful, but definitely not up to the standards of the first two and guilty of trying to cram far too much in with the idea it would be the last one.


  3. I don’t know. I really kind of hate how Spiderman 3 turned out (I only saw it a couple of weeks ago), because there were good elements to it, but overall, there was just too much trying to be accomplished in 2 hours and 20 minutes. Really and truly, there were whole characters that didn’t even really need to be there, because they’re not necessary to the main storyline and just seemed to be thrown in to “please the fans” (none of which were too pleased by the two-dimension caricatures that were portrayed). If you don’t do a character justice, should they be included? Did Gwen Stacy even need to be in the movie? Did Sandman? Did Venom?

    The thing is, if Raimi would let himself focus a bit, I think he could still do a good sequel (of course, he could just be producing, handing the reigns over to someone else). That being said though, there are two routes that would be easy to take in a Spiderman 4…Carnage and the Lizard (conveniently enough Conner’s also has the last bit of the Venom symbiote with him), so the question is whether or not it can be done, or if it will be yet another convoluted mess.

  4. I actually thought Spiderman 3 was overall the best of the trilogy, and I truly hope that another set will be made. However, I agree that too many villains (and Gwen Stacy) can distract the audience from the main storyline. Spiderman 3 should only have had Sandman and then conclude Spiderman 6 with a showdown between “New Goblin” and Spiderman.