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With Spidey Back In The MCU, Do Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Films Still Hold Up?

Has it really been 17 years since Sam Raimi inherited the troubled cinematic status of everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood webslinger and turned it into box office gold? With the popular character having confused both James Cameron and studio suits around Hollywood, it took a true fan to step up and give Peter Parker the big screen treatment he so desperately deserved.


Hiring the former fright filmmaker may have seemed like a risk at the time, but anyone who saw Raimi’s Darkman knew the director understood the comic book mentality and could easily bring it to the screen.

Tobey Maguire Played Him Originally


Now, along with Bryan Singer’s work on the X-Men, Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy is considered the foundation of the genre’s current dominance. Many say that it was his treatment of the material that inspired Marvel to take control over its remaining characters and build the MCU that we see today. But how do Raimi’s films hold up, especially in light of the news that, after a failed reboot, Spidey is back where he belongs?

Then Andrew Garfield Took Over


As Spider-Man: Homecoming prepares to invade the Summer of 2017, it’s interesting to look back 15 years and see where Raimi took the material, and where he was planning to go with it. Indeed, he had developed a script for Spider-Man 4 when Sony took back the reigns and gave them to Marc Webb for the revamp. Still, for what he did with the property, Raimi should be praised. He gave us a definitive Doctor Octopus in Alfred Molina (many still consider Spider-Man 2 one of the best superhero films ever) and didn’t do too bad with Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin or Thomas Hayden Church’s Sandman.

Now Tom Holland Is Donning The Familiar Spidey Suit


A Reminder Of How Great Raimi’s Treatment Was Can Be Found On The Next Page