There's no doubt in my mind that the Spider-Man movie franchise is THE super-hero franchise of the moment. It is the Superman for this generation of kids (my nephew continues to buy new Spider-Man toys and still runs around in his Spider-Man costume). Just as Lords of the Rings replaced Star Wars as the ultimate trilogy for a new age, Spider-Man is set to overtake all of its predecessors.
So I had a thought: You know how the downfall of the Batman-movie franchise was the inclusion of waaaaaaaay too many villains? There's certainly been rumblings that the same thing could happen with Spider-Man 3.
But what if that's the point?
What if Sam Raimi is taking the often-heard cries of "there are too many villains!" and using it to his advantage? Using it, twisting it, making it work in his favor. What if the ultimate (heh) surprise of Spider-Man 3 turns out to be:
THE SINISTER SIX!
Think about it. We already have a new Green Goblin/Hobgoblin. There's Sandman. Venom. The potential for a Lizard. And Bruce Campbell in an as-yet-to-be-revealed role (with all bets pointing to Mysterio). That only leaves J.Jonah Jameson to whip up a Spider-Slayer or something and we're all set.
Sure - there's probably people out there who already know the entire movie from a script online or advance screenings or something. And this may all be just a geek's dream.
But damn would that be cool. And it could put to rest the whole "too many villains" concept.
And could prove once again why Raimi's Spider-Man is the new benchmark for all super-hero movies.
Face front true believers!