Sam Raimi is a master of his craft. A true auteur and the father of the modern superhero film, I still believe the tone and format he set with his original Spider-Man trilogy shaped the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Currently, Sam Raimi is directing his first Marvel film since Spider-Man 3, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Welcome back, Mr. Raimi!
While doing an AMA on reddit this week for The Unholy, a film which he produced, a longtime fan asked Sam Raimi why he made the original Spider-Man trilogy.
I directed the first Spider-Man film because I was such a huge fan of Stan Lee’s brilliant character. Peter Parker and Spider-Man were an important part of my teenage years. I thought it was very moving how much he sacrificed for others. How hard he worked to protect innocent people. And all the while had to take care of his Aunt May and do his homework to boot. His self sacrifice resonated with me. He was truly a good person. We can identify with Characters in a comprehensible story. Stories of heroes, like Peter Parker, remind us of what we are capable of. Maybe you’re one of those people that like to be reminded of the good you are capable of. Now get out there and do something about it.
Inspiring. Sounds like something Stan Lee would have said back in the day.