While discussing his latest Marvel movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, director Sam Raimi finally explained the thinking behind Spider-Man 3‘s infamous dance montage.
Spider-Man 3 was Raimi’s last major Marvel project until he returned to the world of Marvel to direct this year’s Doctor Strange sequel. While the first two Spider-Man movies proved a huge hit with fans and are still held in high regard today, the third entry missed the mark a little, diving a little too deep into the goofier side of the series. The scene that best encapsulates fans’ issues with the film featured Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker under the influence of the Venom symbiote, dancing through the streets of New York.
While talking to Fandom about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Sam Raimi was asked about the scene that now lives in superhero cinema infamy. As well as being transformed into endless memes, the moment was even homaged in the animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Explaining the thinking behind Peter Parker’s Spider-Man 3 moves, Raimi said the scene was never meant to be taken too seriously:
“Well, we meant it to be funny, actually. It was Peter Parker’s version — this lame kid — of what it must be like to be his evil self. But he’s so whipped. He’s so out of it that that’s his take on it. And that didn’t go over well with the audience. But that’s what we were trying to do. So I’m not surprised that people… I’m glad people find it funny! We we wanted it to be fun.”
The scene definitely succeeded in being funny and it makes sense that a darker personality would not come naturally to a character like Peter Parker. However, whether this explanation will satisfy fans who have been cringing at the sight of the scene for the last 15 years is another matter.
Here is the synopsis for Sam Raimi’s latest Marvel movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:
The MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a script written by Michael Waldron, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, and Patrick Stewart.
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