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Sam Raimi admits he 'messed up' Spider-Man 3, would 'love' another chance

On Saturday, director Sam Raimi returns to the franchise on which he launched his career with Ash vs. Evil Dead, a Starz TV series that continues the story of the cult classic Evil Dead trilogy. But Raimi is also famous for helming another trio of films: the Spider-Man trilogy, which grossed nearly $2.5 billion before Sony opted to reboot the franchise with Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man, which eventually spawned a sequel. Now, Spider-Man is being rebooted again; the newest iteration of the character will debut in next summer's Captain America: Civil War before going on to star in another solo film of his own.

In a recent interview with The Week, Raimi discussed the character's unusually tumultuous history on the big screen. "I'm not really on top of it," he told me. "I know they made two [Amazing Spider-Man] features, and obviously, I've seen those."

But Raimi also regrets the way his own run with the Spider-Man character ended, and expressed interest in making another Spider-Man someday. "I messed up on the third one," Raimi said. "I think they're so complete now, Marvel. They probably don't need me anymore. But if they needed me? I'd love to. It's great to be wanted."