Spider-Man 3 director, Sam Raimi, has said "he messed up plenty" in the third and final instalment of the franchise.
The film was widely panned when it was released in 2007 for its complicated story arcs and and an increased number of villains.
Raimi had previously blamed Sony for the film's poor reception because the corporation insisted on the inclusion of the villain Venom. Speaking to Nerdist Podcast, Raimi said he "didn't believe in all the characters" in the movie.
It's just a movie that didn't work very well. I tried to make it work, but I didn't really believe in all the characters, so that couldn't be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man.
"If the director doesn't love something, it's wrong of them to make it when so many other people love it. Each and every one of those Spider-Man movies were pretty damn challenging," he continued.
"I messed up plenty with the third Spider-Man, so people hated me for years – they still hate me for it."
Raimi also believes there was too much pressure on him to top the much-loved first two movies.
"I think raising the stakes after Spider-Man 2 was the thinking going into it, and I think that's what doomed us. I should've just stuck with the characters and the relationships and progressed them to the next step and not tried to top the bar. I think that was my mistake." he said.
The following exchange between Raimi and the interviewer ends the conversation on the topic of Spiderman:
Raimi: Directors don't like to talk about their bad films.
Interviewer: I don't think that 'bad' is the right word.
For what's it's worth, I don't think this film is quite as bad as some fans make out. Long after my initial bitterness surrounding the film died down I decided to give it another try. The film is obviously flawed in places but its still a fun watch - had Raimi introduced the Venom story arc in the first two films and climaxed it in the third, Spider-Man 3 could've been just as great as the first two.