Sam Raimi Discusses His ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Feelings and Reveals Whether ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Filming Is Complete

Sam Raimi, the filmmaker of Tobey Maguire’s original “Spider-Man” trilogy, has spoken out against seeing his original actors repeat their roles in last year’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

A Still Of Sam Raimi, the director of Columbia Pictures’ original “Spider-Man”
A Still Of Sam Raimi, the director of Columbia Pictures’ original “Spider-Man” trilogy

Sam Raimi, the filmmaker of the original “Spider-Man” trilogy starring Tobey Maguire for Columbia Pictures, has spoken out against seeing his original actors repeat their roles in last year’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Raimi recounted watching Maguire, Willem Dafoe, and Alfred Molina reprise their legendary roles in an exclusive interview with Variety while promoting the Oscar-nominated film “You’re Dead Hélène,” a live-action horror short film produced by Raimi. “It was a lot of fun,” Raimi remarked. “‘No Way Home’ is one of my favorite songs, and the audience loved it as well.” It was a joy to see Alfred do his part, as well as Willem Dafoe, and to witness these two take it to the next level. And, as always, Tobey was fantastic. “The greatest term I can use to describe it is refreshing.” Maguire is shown confronting several of his biggest opponents in the film, including Norman Osborn, a.k.a. Green Goblin (Dafoe) and Otto Octavius, a.k.a. Doctor Octopus (Molina), The box office success of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is clear, as the reuniting of three Peter Parkers—Maguire, Tom Holland, and Andrew Garfield—over three versions of the web-slinging superhero has continued. In its sixth week of release, the Sony comic book sequel has earned an astonishing $721 million at the American box office, placing it fourth all-time after “Avatar” (2009), “Avengers: Endgame” (2019), and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015).

Both “Spider-Man” (2002) and “Spider-Man 2” (2004) made over $400 million at the box office:

“Spider-Man” (2002) and “Spider-Man 2” (2004) both grossed over $400 million
“Spider-Man” (2002) and “Spider-Man 2” (2004) both grossed over $400 million

Both “Spider-Man” (2002) and “Spider-Man 2” (2004) made over $400 million at the box office. The original film received two Oscar nominations for best sound and visual effects, while the sequel won visual effects as well as two nominations for sound mixing and sound editing. In terms of Raimi’s next directorial effort, the sequel to “Doctor Strange,” the filmmaker was less forthcoming. In response to rumors that the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring sequel faced “major reshoots” back in November, he expressed scepticism about the film’s completion. Raimi stated, “I wish I knew the answer to that question,” in response to a query about whether the film was finished. “I believe we’re finished, but we simply chopped everything.” We’re just getting started with testing the image to see if there’s anything that needs to be picked up. If something is unclear, or if there is another improvement I can make in the limited time I have left, I will make it. One thing I know about the Marvel squad is that they are unstoppable. They’ll keep pushing it until it’s as near as perfect as it possibly can be. ”

Raimi also noted his great experience working with Marvel Studios and its president, Kevin Feige:

A Still Of Sam Raimi and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige
A Still Of Sam Raimi and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige

Raimi also stressed his enjoyment of working with Marvel Studios and its president, Kevin Feige. Raimi added, “Marvel has been a fantastic team to work with.” “I think that was a foregone conclusion. The entire Marvel organization has been really supportive, beginning at the top with Kevin Feige and continuing all the way down to the crews that they deal with. They’re really professional and have been there for me every step of the way. ” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is slated to be released in cinemas on May 6, 2022.

Source: Variety

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