Sam Raimi definitely deserves points for being honest. The usually reserved director has noted he really did not like the third entry in the Spider-Man series. Apparently, the director wishes he could have ended the Maguire Spider-Man franchise on a different note.
The first Spider-Man film was a good one. The sequel was, honestly, a great film with a great script. The third film was pretty good, but failed to live up to the high bar set by the second entry. Raimi seems to acknowledge the follow-up could top was preceded it.
Raimi also hinted his heart was not into making a third film and his lack of passion could have brought the film down. Granted, Spider-Man 3 was still a major financial success so Raimi didn’t exactly hurt Sony or Marvel with the work he did.
So, why is Raimi being so conciliatory about the film?
Jared Haftel speculates that perhaps he is trying to take some of the heat off of the makers of the rebooted Spider-Man films. Leaks from the nefarious Sony hacking scandal reveal a lot of disappointment in failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Then again, it is hard not to be disappointed when a mega-billion dollar movie franchise is, essentially, ruined. Spider-Man has no definitive new solo projects in the pipeline and Marvel wants the character to appear either in the new Captain America film or in an Avengers entry.
Why? Marvel wants to rehab the wrecked character.
Raimi shouldn’t apologize for anything. He passed off the torch in fine condition.