While Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire is still beloved by fans up to this day, the third film is still a subject of debate and ridicule thanks to the one particular moment: the infamous dance scene involving a symbiote-influenced Peter Parker or as fans call him "Bully Maguire."
After years of being subjected to memes and gifs around the web, during a recent interview with Fandom, Spider-Man 3 director Sam Raimi finally broke his silence and explained the controversial moment that a lot of fans still find to be too goofy up to this day. As it turns out, he is aware that the moment is being ridiculed and laughed at, but he still defended the moment nonetheless.
"Well, we meant it to be funny, actually," Raimi said. "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 wanted it to be fun."
It's great to hear Raimi finally explaining the moment and still standing by the decision to include that moment in the film no matter how ridiculous it might be for the audience. Whether you agree with his explanation or not, at least you have to acknowledge that it was a funny moment that fans still discuss and make fun of up to this day.
Even though Spider-Man 3 wasn't well-received, the "Bully Maguire" scene was able to make its way to pop culture and become a popular internet meme that is being ridiculed in so many ways which could either be a good or bad thing. On the bright side, even though it's a goofy moment, we have a meme to use and talk about at the very least.
Raimi's latest film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now out in theaters. You can catch Maguire's latest appearance as Spider-Man on Spider-Man: No Way Home.