Spider-Man 3 has notoriously been hated by spidey fans, and comic book fans alike, ever since its 2007 release. With ill-fated casting—Topher Grace as "Venom"—and ridiculous dance scenes featuring a laughable “emo” Peter Parker, it’s one of the superhero movies we try to forget. Director of that serious misstep, Sam Raimi, is now admitting the movie was bad saying, “…I messed up plenty with the third Spider-Man.”

Raimi went on the Nerdist podcast, hosted by Chris Hardwick, and earnestly spoke at length about the film and everything that went wrong with it. “Each and every one of those Spider-Man films was pretty damn challenging,” said Raimi. 

“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 can’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.”

He noted that he tried to top Spider-Man 2, the most praised installment of the series, which set him up for failure. 

Carrying the Spider-Man franchise is no easy task so fans should cut Raimi some slack, especially after keeping it real like this and owning up to his past mistakes. 

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[via EW]