“They really gave me a tremendous amount of control on the first two films, actually,” Raimi told British magazine Empire. “But then there were different opinions on the third film and I didn’t really have creative control, so to speak.”
Raimi’s first two “Spider-Man” installments were mostly appreciated by critics and fans alike, thanks in no small part to Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina as the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, respectively. But “Spider-Man 3” boasted a complex plot focusing on a trio of villains — including James Franco’s Harry Osborn, Thomas Hayden Church’s Sandman and Topher Grace’s Venom — with some fans being distracted by the overload of bad guys.
“The best way for me to move forward on films,” Raimi continued, “is that I’ve got to be the singular voice that makes the creative choices on the film.”
These comments would appear to echo the director’s purported dispute with Sony Pictures regarding the symbiotic villain’s involvement in “Spider-Man 3,” despite rumored plans for a Venom spin-off.
“I love Spider-Man so much that I’d like to continue telling Spider-Man stories,” Raimi concluded. “But only under those circumstances where I think I can honour him.”
Looks like rumors of Carnage’s involvement in “Spider-Man 4″ are probably unlikely then — unless Sony Pictures isn’t willing to follow Raimi’s creative control.
Do you think Sam Raimi should have full creative control on “Spider-Man 4,” or is studio supervision par for the course with superhero films? Did Venom ruin your “Spider-Man 3″ experience? Let us know in the comments!