Spider-man 3 (2007)

Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Thomas Haden Church, James Franco, Topher Grace
Director: Sam Raimi

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 movies.

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.




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  • 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 released.

  • 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 supervisor.

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