An alien symbiote bonds to Peter Parker and brings out his inner
anger, while he fights a new Green Goblin and the Sandman.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Directed by Sam Raimi
Written by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Alvin Sargent
Starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco,
Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Rosemary Harris,
J.K. Simmons, Bryce Dallas Howard, Elizabeth Banks,
Bill Nunn, Dylan Baker, James Cromwell, Ted Raimi
Sequel to 2004's Spider-Man 2
Based on characters from Marvel Comics
Spider-Man 3 had the potential to be the greatest superhero movie ever made. But after all the anticipation and the epic opening credits, we were treated to a poorly connected film that threw nearly all the character development out the window and gave us some of the worst scenes in comic book movie history.
I speak of course of the infamous sidewalk strut scene where Peter Parker struts down the sidewalk with a popped collar, turning every audience member against a character we'd come to love for two films. This scene alone dropped the quality of the film down to abysmal levels, but then the way they wrote Mary Jane was completely contrary to how she'd been portrayed in the franchise thus far. It's like character development was hurled out the window on all fronts.
However, the third act was quite possibly the most exciting the franchise has ever been. You've got Spider-Man and the Green Goblin teaming up to take down Venom and the Sandman. This whole scene was done brilliantly and I love how they used loud noises and a Goblin pumpkin bomb to take out Venom (who was totally miscast, by the way). On the whole, this film could have been great but was doomed by studio interference and an unfinished script. However, it has aged surprisingly well.