Spider-Man 3‘s Failure Almost Derailed Doctor Strange 2 Sam Raimi, the director of Spider-Man 3, had a difficult time dealing with the negative reception of the film, to the point that he almost didn’t return to the superhero genre with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Spider-Man 3’s Mixed Reception And Impact On Raimi
Spider-Man 3, with its convoluted plot and underdeveloped characters, received mixed reviews and is often considered the weakest movie in the trilogy. Raimi, who was pressured to include Venom as one of the villains, has openly discussed what went wrong during pre-production and has even referred to the film as “awful.” The negative reaction from both critics and fans made it difficult for Raimi to return to the superhero genre and almost kept him from directing Doctor Strange 2.
The Director’s Comeback With Doctor Strange 2
Despite his reservations, Raimi decided to take on the challenge of directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. His comeback was met with enthusiasm and excitement from the audience, and Raimi’s direction was praised, along with the movie’s visuals, musical score, and production design. The movie was a box office hit, but it received mixed reviews, with criticism directed towards the screenplay. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness successfully blended Raimi’s style with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s larger story, and it marked a good return for the director to the superhero genre.
Will Raimi Continue Making Superhero Movies?
It is unclear if Raimi will make more superhero movies after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but the interest in Spider-Man 4 has resurfaced. Despite the difficulties Raimi faced with Spider-Man 3, his decision to direct Doctor Strange 2 ultimately paid off, and the movie served as a testament to his abilities as a director.