Marvel wouldn't have been the same without Spider-Man, of course, there are other characters that make Marvel look perfect, but Spider-Man holds a special place. With time, the Spider-Man character has been rebooted twice, folded into the MCU, and starred in an Oscar-winning animated movie which made a huge influence in multiple ways across Hollywood.
However, it was Sam Raimi, whose earnestness of making the Spider-Man trilogy (2002, 2004, 2007) kept those movies head and shoulders above many of the other Marvel adaptations of the time and made him the favorite Spider-Man director. Taking part in a Reddit AMA on March 31, Raimi was asked "why" he made the movies to begin with, and his answer was just as touching as his take on Spider-Man.
"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", Raimi wrote.
"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", he added.
After Spider-Man 3, Raimi is returning to Marvel with the upcoming Marvel Studios release "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness". It is scheduled to arrive in theaters next year, with some characters from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies rumored to be appearing in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home.