Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Thomas Haden Church, James Franco,
U.S. Opening Date:
4 May 2007
In Spider-Man 3, Peter Parker has finally managed to
strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a
superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. As Spider-Man
basks in the public's adulation for his accomplishments and he is pursued
by Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard), who rivals M.J. for his affections,
Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who care
about him most. His newfound self-assuredness is jeopardized when he faces
the battle of his life against two of the most feared villains ever
(Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace), whose unparalleled power and thirst
for retribution threaten Peter and everyone he loves.
If you’re a comic book obsessive, then you’d probably
want to mark 4 May 2007 in your diary because that is when Spider-man 3
opens across the globe.
The sequel will again be directed by Sam Raimi who
directed the previous two films. So far Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, J.K.
Simmons, Dylan Baker, and James Franco are the confirmed returning cast
members from the previous two Spider-man
Main filming for Spider-man 3 started on January
2, 2006, however certain preliminary test photography is said to begin as
early as September 2005.
Thomas Haden Church, who starred in the movie
Sideways will play a villain named Sandman, and Topher Grace, known
for his lead role in the sitcom That '70s Show, plays Venom.
Topher Grace left "That '70s Show"
(1998) to star in this movie.
The over 600 latex "web" balloons in
the celebration scene had to be hand-painted with a Sharpie marker.
At the San Diego Comic-Con, on 22 July
2006, director Sam Raimi admitted that to keep the inclusion of the Venom
character in this film secret, during casting and pre-production he went
so far as to claim he hated the character, and had no intention of
including the character in this film, or any subsequent sequels. To make
amends, he then treated the audience to the first public images of Venom
in the film, albeit with unfinished special effects.
Both Topher Grace and Thomas Haden
Church confessed that when they were unceremoniously invited to meetings
at Sony, they had no idea they would be auditioning for this film.
Composer Danny Elfman has confirmed
that he will not be back for the third installment of Spider-man due to
difficulties with director Sam Raimi, and instead he will be working on
the movie Charlotte's Web. Columbia Pictures and Raimi have not yet
announced who will score the film. However Elfman stated that Raimi can
use his theme for Spider-man 3.
The release date for Spider-man 3
was set even before Spider-man 2 was even
John Dykstra, who won an Oscar for his
work as visual effects supervisor on Spider-man
2, had declined to work on the third film. Instead, Dykstra chose to
work on Hot Wheels. Scott Stokdyk took over as visual effects