Villains by Church, Grace add intrigue
Director Sam Raimi appears to have found the perfect recipe for a summer blockbuster: Take three villains, add two beauties and blend them around one confused hero.
Spider-Man 3 swings into theatres today with more of everything that made the first instalments of this franchise two of the highest-grossing films of the decade, including romance, great characters and tons of high-flying action.
After two great movies together, the quartet of Tobey Maguire (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson), James Franco (Harry Osborn) and Raimi agree that it’s the new faces — Topher Grace (Eddie Brock/Venom), Thomas Haden Church (Flint Marko/Sandman) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Gwen Stacy) — that help take this third picture up a notch.
“We always get really excited when we have these incredible actors who want to be a part of our movies,” Dunst told Metro. “It just brings such a freshness to have these new villains (Grace and Church) and to have Bryce Dallas Howard in the film. They’re all such incredible actors.”
Maguire lauded Church for his dedication in spending months helping Raimi develop Sandman’s character and said he was very impressed with what Grace brought to the film.
“Topher was very excited about being involved,” Maguire said. “He’s a fan of the movies and a fan of the comic books, so it was great just to feel his excitement, and share in his excitement and his enthusiasm.”
The film sees Peter Parker not only having to stop the bad guys and save the damsels in distress, but having to tackle a new foe — his own out-of-control ego — after he comes to possess a new black version of his costume that amplifies both his strength and his emotions.
“In this movie he strays pretty far,” Maguire said. “Some of his behaviour and actions — he really crosses the line.”
Adding to Peter’s troubles are a complicated new friendship with Gwen, a murderous former best friend in Harry, a new rival in fellow photographer Eddie and a deadly new nemesis in Sandman.
But as with the previous films in this franchise, the love between Peter and MJ is the key.
“The relationship has always been the priority for Sam and for Tobey and I,” said Dunst, who turned 25 on Monday. “That’s what makes you care about Peter when he’s flying through the air and fighting people.”
As for whether this is the end of the road for the two stars and director on Spider-Man, the actress said: “I’ll do it if Sam and Tobey do it.”
Maguire said he’d commit to another if it had “a great script, with a story that was fresh and unique and worth telling.”
Raimi simply stated, “I don’t know what’s going to happen for me next.”
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