It’s been more than a decade since the release of Spider-Man 3 (Tobey Maguire), and now, director Sam Raimi, whose forthcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has finally been released in theaters, has continued to defend the infamous dance sequence shown by Peter Parker alongside some really dorky, symbiote-driven scenes.
These are the very scenes that resulted in the much-used “Bully Maguire” meme that did enough rounds on social media.
Sam Raimi Talks About The ‘Bully Maguire’ Scene
While talking to Fandom, director Sam Raimi was asked about the scene where Peter is seen dancing on the streets of New York, as he is possessed by the Venom symbiote. The director commented on the memes and gifs, stating, “It’s hysterical to watch that stuff.” He then explained that it was never meant to be a serious scene. “It was Peter Parker’s version — this lame kid — of what it must be like to be his evil self. But he’s so whipped. He’s so out of it that that’s his take on it. And that didn’t go over well with the audience. But that’s what we were trying to do. So I’m not surprised that people… I’m glad people find it funny! We wanted it to be fun.”
Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire hasn’t expressed any thoughts on the meme, although the ator has earlier provided an explanation of the sequence in the commentary that is now available on the DVD version of Spider-Man 3, alongside the film’s co-stars and Sam. There, Maguire and Raimi went on to confirm that the montage around the scene was inserted late during the post-production as there was enough uncertainty around the street and the cookie scene, where Peter eats the cookies baked by Ursula, his landlord’s daughter.
Spider-Man 3 Released In 2007
Released back in 2007, Spider-Man 3 wasn’t planned to be the final movie, but once the fourth movie was canceled, Sony Pictures decided to release a reboot with Amazing Spider-Man (2012). Unlike its predecessor, Spider-Man 3 received some mixed reviews from critics and fans, alike. However, the film turned out to be a hit at the box office, grossing over $894.9 million globally on a budget of $350 million.
Sam Raimi had earlier admitted he felt the final product was just awful. Back in 2014, the Spider-Man 3 director said, “It’s a movie that just 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.”
When the director was asked about returning to his Spider-Man saga, Raimi teased, “Anything is possible […] in the Marvel universe and team-ups. I love Tobey. I love Kirsten Dunst. I think all things are possible.” He later said, “I currently don’t have any plans to make Spider-Man 4… And they’re so successful with the new Spider-Man series that I don’t know if that’s gonna happen or not. I haven’t pursued that.”
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is out in theaters now.