Spider-Man: No Way Home Borrowed Directing Techniques From Sam Raimi

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It looks like Spider-Man: No Way Home has a lot to thank Sam Raimi for – not just for bringing Spidey to the big screen.

During an interview with Geek’s Lair, Spider-Man star Tom Holland has revealed that Spider-Man: No Coming Home introduces a style familiar to the MCU.

“I think what Jon Watts did really well was [what] he would call the ‘Raimi Cam’,” Holland said. “And he was doing these really quick, smashing push-ins on characters, which I guess Sam Raimi was pretty famous for. So Jon definitely paid homage to the previous two movies.

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Before his work on the Spider Man trilogy, Raimi was famous for his low-budget horror entries – impressing audiences with the evil Dead trilogy.

Known for his energetic camera style and often shaky, realistic shots, that great energy was brought to the Spider-Man movies of the 2000s. Now, it looks like we can expect to see that in Spider-Man: No Way Home. – at least, to some extent.

But that’s not the only thing coming back from those earlier films.

It’s no secret that Alfred Molina, who starred as the villainous Doc Ock in Spiderman 2, returns for No Way Home. However, it looks like he had to get used to a different way of filming this time around.

“There were a lot of [comparing notes], actually,” Holland explained, “especially with Alfred, because I think back when his arms were manipulated, and obviously in this movie, they’re completely CG. I think it gave him a lot more creative freedom in how you can move around on set. It was really nice to see someone adjusting to the new way of making movies.

While Holland admitted it was nice to honor previous Spider-Man films, there was also a huge sense of responsibility when working with titans like Molina. And the cast of Spider-Man even hinted that there were plenty of “heavy hitters” on set.

“It was crazy,” said Zendaya, who plays MJ. “Unreal. In fact, there were days when Tom asked us to come, just for emotional support, because it’s a crazy thing.

“That day that we can’t talk about,” Holland said. “When you arrived. It made me feel very comfortable. It was like you were my cheerleaders.

Why can’t Holland talk about it? Jacob Batalon, who plays Peter’s best friend Ned Leeds, said only that “there are definitely a lot of heavyweights”.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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