Peter's Comic Book Ramblings

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


I had a bit of a geek-out moment the other week when I saw the most recent Spider-Man 3 trailer. I mean come on, how awesome does that look?!?

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:


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!


  • I won't quote any rumors I heard from those who spent a lot of time on the set of S-M 3, but I will say that I think you are onto something.

    And I agree that I think it would make for a great hat trick for Raimi to use the third film to show that there is no such thing as "too many villains" if you do it right.

    By Anonymous david d., At April 10, 2007 at 1:20 PM  

  • I'm a little wary of multi-villain superhero movies. How do you top it in the next film??


    By Blogger Tony, At April 12, 2007 at 2:19 AM  

  • That's a good point.

    Perhaps by bringing it back to what makes Spider-Man so great: characterization?

    I'd love to see Kraven's Last Hunt brought to life on the big-screen. Instead of villains that look cool on the big screen, that are mostly action and little on character growth, we could pull back and watch a plan grow from beginning to end with a heavy psychological bent to it.

    It's about watching Peter Parker rise to the top and that would be one hell of a climb. (And Kraven would be one hell of a role to play. Talk about scenery chewing).

    Oh damn - just bring in the Black Cat in IV and you're all set.

    By Blogger Peter, At April 12, 2007 at 3:22 AM  

  • Yeah! I think another way to top it would be to bring in an entirely new creative team. Director, actors. Give the whole thing a reboot, a new slant. Or just take a break from it all and try again in twenty years. How long can the franchise last anyway before the public gets bored or it becomes a mockery of itself?

    Up early, aintcha Peter?

    By Blogger Tony, At April 12, 2007 at 7:22 AM  

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