Whenever the discussion of Spider-Man in the movies comes up, the topic will inevitably involve the filmmaker who first brought Spidey to the silver screen, director Sam Raimi. Even when talking about his other film and television projects, the creator of the original Spider-Man trilogy is bound to be asked about those movies, especially in light of Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man films, and the upcoming reboot co-produced by Marvel and Sony.
Such was the case during an interview with MTV News where, at this years San Diego Comic Con. During the segment, MTV News reporter, Josh Horowitz, asked Raimi, who was at Comic Con to promote his upcoming television series for Starz, Ash vs. Evil Dead, to give his “perspective on Spider-Man,” and the “machination going on” in getting “another different reiteration” of the Wall-Crawler. In response to the question as to whether or not Raimi ever watched Webb’s take on the character:
“Oh yeah, I saw them both. They’re great.”
Then Raimi added the following:
“And I’m really glad that Marvel is taking it to high school. I think that’s going to be refreshing, and just like my favorite of the Spider-Man comic books. And I have a lot of faith that [Marvel] really know their stuff.”
When then asked what specifically he’d like to see in the new films, Raimi answered:
“I’d like to go into his high school life and his relationships with Gwen Stacy…I’d love Flash Thompson…the drama, the difficulty of going through high school is so unique to a superhero…that’s what Spider-Man is all about, so that [Marvel] is going to explore that head on is very exciting.”
Now you might say that, considering the director’s departure from Sony prior to the Amazing Spider-Man relaunch, and how they apparently wanted him back to repair the film franchise, Raimi could just be trying to be nice. Or, given how Raimi is an admitted life-long fan of Spider-Man, he may have genuinely loved the Webb films and is excited for what Sony’s partnership with Marvel Studios will bring to the character. Either way, Raimi is one classy, stand-up individual.
You can see the clip in its entirety below. And stay to hear actor Bruce Campbell’s response to his own “personal experiences” involving high school superheroes.