Spider-Man 3 (2007) Director: Sam Raimi
While the first two Sam Raimi Spider-Man films were surprisingly fun, admittedly Spider-Man 3 is just a mess. Apparently, Sony was overly involved behind the scenes, and it really shows. There are simply too many characters, too many disparate plot threads, and full scenes are simply awkward and bizarre. There is a revisionist story about Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church), a working class ruffian with a heart of gold who has a daughter, but one evening he is in the wrong place at the wrong time and he is transformed into the “Sandman.” The revisionist element is that it was actually Flint Marko who killed Peter’s Uncle Ben for some contrived reason. Harry Osborn (James Franco) returns and reclaims the “Green Goblin” title of his late father, but midway through the movie his memory is erased and he has little more to do. It is a jarring twist that simply goes nowhere. There is a new photographer at the Daily Bugler named Eddie Brock (Topher Grace) who becomes infected with a dark goo from outer space which transforms him into a version of the comic book villain Venom. Meanwhile Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) has a falling out with both his Aunt and his girlfriend MJ (Kirsten Dunst) which leads him into a strange interlude where he dresses in black and dons an “emo” haircut while doing an “evil dance” and kissing another girl named Gwen (Bryce Dallas Howard) while haplessly hoping to propose to MJ. This movie is a disappointment unfortunately and any plans for a fourth sequel were soon canceled. However, Sony quickly cranked out another reboot of Spider-Man just a few years later with The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).