Raimi explains why he's been too scared to see Amazing Spider-Man

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Feb 19, 2013, 9:32 AM EST

The big-screen superhero genre owes a lot to Sam Raimi, who kickstarted the revolution with his blockbuster Spider-Man trilogy. So why is the man who brought Spidey to life on the big screen too scared to check out Marc Webb’s Amazing reboot?

Raimi had nothing but kind words to say about Webb and his casting choices, but said it’s just too weird for him to watch what someone else has done with the character. After spending the better part of a decade digging into his own version of the mythos, Raimi said he doesn’t have the guts to see what someone else has done with the sandbox.

He told The Huffington Post:

“Well, I'm a big Marc Webb fan and a giant fan of Emma Stone. And of Andrew Garfield. I saw him on Broadway in ‘Death of a Salesman’ -- it's just brilliant. And I love the producers of that movie because they are dear friends, and the writer. But, I haven't had the guts to go see the movie yet. Because I don't want to go to my girlfriend's wedding. I just can't bring myself to do it. I don't have the guts. But, I hear it's great. My wife even loved the picture and said it was a wonderful, excellently produced, beautifully acted, brilliantly written Spider-Man picture. She'd tell me the truth and that's what she said.

I don't feel he was in my shadow at all. I think I handed the torch to Marc and I hear that he ran with it and succeeded and made a brilliant picture. I'm happy for him and all the team. And I only wish him the best and I salute them because it's a tough job, too. And obviously he's pleased the fans -- so, I'm proud for him. I'm happy for my friends on the picture.”

It’s nice to know that even after all these years, and the pretty terrible Spider-Man 3, Raimi still holds the franchise in such high esteem.

Which version of Spider-Man do you prefer?


(Via The Huffington Post)