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Complex webs

"Complex webs" Continued...

Issue: "Rich man, poor man," May 5, 2007

Regardless of his motivation, Raimi leaves no doubt as to his protagonist's nationality: "I just felt that more than any other hero Spider-Man is the hero that represents America. And I don't mean the movie, I mean the qualities that the character embodies. He's self-questioning and he's made mistakes . . . yet he wants to do what's best. He is powerful and he strives to do good and risks everything and is kind and fair. And when this self-questioning character who's been through terrible darkness is trying to find himself and trying to do the right thing, in my mind that was the right time to put the American flag there."

The director then puts himself even further out on the limb. "I'm a patriotic guy," he says. "I do believe it's absolutely true this country strives to do the right thing."

It may be too soon to tell, but if Spider-Man 3 is any indication, it seems like Raimi is striving to do the same thing.

Megan Basham
Megan Basham

Megan, a regular correspondent for WORLD News Group, is a writer and film critic living in Charlotte, N.C. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.


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