Sam Raimi’s Thoughts on Marvel/Sony’s Spider-Man Film Reboot

RaimiSpideyWhenever 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.


(4) Comments

  1. Spider-boyN2Jesus

    #3 Because the actor was too old--WAY too old in MacGuire's case--to take that seriously. As for Gwen Stacy, they did have her as the high school love interest in both the Spec Spidey cartoon and the Webb/Garfield films, so that's probably what he was going with. However, after killing Gwen off in the last film I'd rather go back to MJ anyway ;P. Do her right this time ;P.

  2. Cheesedique

    Raimi is the man. But I do wonder--if Peter remaining in High School is so key to the Spidey mythos, as many seem to claim, why was Peter basically out of High School before the end of the first film in both prior franchises?

  3. Magnetic Eye

    I guess the thing with being in the public arena, you would have to be very diplomatic with the things you say. I wonder what Sam Raimi really thinks. @ #1 - A minor discrepancy, but you would think for someone professing to being a Spider-Man fan, he would know that Pete & Gwen didn't meet until college. Maybe he just forgot. :-)

  4. hornacek

    “I’d like to go into his high school life and his relationships with Gwen Stacy ..." I can hear Bertone's head exploding from here. "But Peter and Gwen weren't in high school together! They didn't meet until college!"

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