Spider-Man 3

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Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film in which a strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, and Alvin Sargent.
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Peter Parker / Spider-Man[edit]

  • [Opening narration] It's me, Peter Parker. Your friendly neighborhood–you know. I've come a long way since I was the boy bit by a spider. Back then, nothing seemed to go right for me. Now people really like me. The city is safe and sound. Guess I had a little something to do with that. My Uncle Ben would be proud. I still go to school. Top of my class. And I'm in love, with the girl of my dreams.
  • [To Harry Osborn] Listen to me! I didn't kill your father! He was trying to kill me! He killed himself!
  • [referring to Harry using his father's razor bats] Hate those things!
  • [To Sandman] Jig's up, pal. I guess you haven't heard. I'm the sheriff around these parts.
  • [Dumping sand from his boot after losing to Sandman and spitting sand out] Where do all these guys come from? Ptoo!
  • See ya, chump. [to Eddie Brock after wrecking his camera]
  • [To Sandman, corrupted by the black suit] Remember Ben Parker?! The old man you shot down in cold blood?!?!
  • [After Sandman is washed away] Good riddance.
  • [To Mr. Ditkovich, corrupted by black suit] You'll get your rent when you fix this DOOR!
  • [After he has thrown Harry Osborn through the glass windows of his mansion] Stings, doesn't it?
  • [To Harry, corrupted by the black suit] I'm done trying to convince you.
  • [To Harry, corrupted by the black suit] Look at little Goblin Jr. Gonna cry?
  • [To Eddie, corrupted by the black suit] You're trash, Brock.
  • [To Eddie, corrupted by the black suit] You want forgiveness? Get religion.
  • [Corrupted by the black suit, Peter asks for a table inside the jazz club to a waitress] Find us some shade. Thanks, hot legs.
  • [Dancing around in the night club] Now dig on this!
  • [To Harry, from the trailer] I need your help. I have to stop it.
  • [To a dying Harry] I should have never hurt you. Said those things.
  • [narrating, last lines] Whatever comes our way... whatever battle is raging inside us, we always have a choice. My friend Harry taught me that. He chose to be the best of himself. It’s the choices that make us what we are... and we can always choose to do what's right.
  • [end of PS3 game, closing narration] This should be a happy ending. I beat the villain, brought a family back together, and got the girl. But it's not that easy. Being Spider-Man always comes with a price, and today that price was a steep one. What keeps me going are my Uncle Ben's words: "With great power comes great responsibility." In the end, people need heroes. As tough as it gets some days, I have to fight on. Maybe the best way to honor the people I love... is to never stop being your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Harry Osborn[edit]

  • [Flying in front of Peter after throwing him on a wall] You knew this was coming, Pete.
  • [To Mary Jane] It's a weird feeling not knowing who you are. A bump on the head, I'm as free as a bird!
  • [When asked "How's the pie?"] So good.
  • [When corrupt Peter appears in his mansion] Would you like a drink? Tsk, I'm sorry. What was I thinking? Bad for the public image, right, Mr. Key To The City?
  • [Before him and corrupt Peter fight in his mansion] When she kissed me... it was just like she used to kiss me... that taste...[inhales deeply] Strawberries!
  • [After knocking down Peter during their fight] How'd you like that, Spidey?
  • [After being knocked down through a window by corrupt Peter] I protected you in high school, now I'm gonna kick your little butt!
  • [After taking a huge beating from corrupt Peter] You gonna kill me like you killed my father?
  • [When he comes to aid Spider-man] Looks like just in the nick of time.
  • [Last words] None of that matters, Peter. You're my friend.

Flint Marko / Sandman[edit]

  • [Saying goodbye to his sick daughter] I missed you, Penny... I promise, I will make you healthy again, no matter what it takes, I'll get the money.
  • [Leaving his wife's low rent apartment] I'm not a bad person, I just have bad luck.
  • [To Spider-Man in the armored car] I don't want to hurt you. Leave, now.
  • [grabbing Venom, thinking he's Spider-Man] End of the line, Spider-Man!
  • [last words] The only thing left in me now... is my daughter.

Eddie Brock / Venom[edit]

  • Whoa, Spidey, love the new outfit!
  • [After Spider-Man, corrupted by the black suit, breaks Eddie's camera] What the heck?!
  • [When corrupt Peter finds out that the news story he wrote about Spider-Man being thief is false] Parker, you are such a boy scout! When are you gonna give a guy a break?
  • [Whilst praying] I come before you today, humbled and humiliated, to ask you for one thing... I want you to kill Peter Parker.
  • [To Sandman] I want him dead too, Flint. That's why I've been looking for you. Oh yeah, I know all about you. Like the fact that Spider-Man [reveals his identity] won't let you help your poor daughter. That just doesn't seem right to me. Look, I want to kill the Spider, you want to kill the Spider...together, he doesn't stand a chance. [turns back into Venom] Interested?
  • [revealing his true identity to Spider-Man] Hey, Parker.
  • My Spider-Sense is tingling, if you know what I'm talkin' about. [pulls Mary Jane towards him via web]
  • [When Spider-Man offers to help him sort things out] You are so right. I'm thinking...humiliation. Kinda like how you humiliated me. Do you remember? Do you remember what you did to me? [looks over to see that Mary Jane is close to falling] You made me lose my girl, now I'm going to make you lose yours. How's that sound, Tiger?
  • Never wound... what you can't kill.
  • I like being bad – it makes me happy.
  • [As Peter is throwing a pumpkin bomb at the Symbiote] Peter! What are you doing?! No! [jumps back into the symbiote] GA-AH! [the bomb explodes, killing Eddie and destroying the symbiote]

May Parker[edit]

  • Uncle Ben meant the world to us. But he wouldn't want us living one second with revenge in our hearts. It's like a poison. It can – It can take you over. Before you know it, turn us into something ugly.

Stan Lee[edit]

Stan Lee (cameo as an old man): You know, I guess one person really can make a difference. [pats Peter on shoulder] 'Nuff said.


Harry Osborn: Tell it to my father, raise him from the dead.
Peter Parker: I'm your friend, Harry. I care about your father.

Mary Jane Watson: Tell me again. Was I really good? I was so nervous, my knees were shaking.
Peter Parker: Your knees were fine.
Mary Jane Watson: The applause wasn't very loud.
Peter Parker: Yes, it was. Well, it's the acoustics. It's all about diffusion. It keeps the sound waves from grouping. You see when the sound waves, they propogate, then it–
Mary Jane Watson: You are such a nerd.

Peter Parker: Harry!
Harry Osborn: You knew this was coming, Pete. [tries to punch at Peter, who quickly moves out of the way, and gets his arm stuck in the wall]
Peter Parker: Listen to me! I didn't kill your father! [quickly avoids another punch from Harry] He was trying to kill me! He killed himself!
Harry Osborn: [yells] SHUT UP!

Flint Marko: I had a good reason for what I was doing. And that's the truth.
Emma Marko: The truth. You and the truth, sitting in prison, having three meals a day together. I live in the presence of great truth, and that is the truth that you left behind right there in that bedroom.
[Their daughter Penny walks out of her bedroom; Flint walks up to her.]
Flint Marko: Penny, I missed you.
Penny Marko: I miss you too, Daddy.
Flint Marko: I promise I'll make you healthy again. Whatever it takes, I'll get the money.
Emma Marko: You get out of here now.
Flint Marko: [exits through the window] I'm not a bad person. I just had bad luck.

[Eddie takes a picture of a dangling Gwen with the zoom on his camera]
Eddie Brock: Oh my Gosh, that's Gwen.
Captain Stacy: What?
[Captain Stacy takes the camera from Eddie, and sees his daughter.]
Captain Stacy: What's she doing up there?
Eddie Brock: I don't know, I just saw her last night. She said she had a modeling gig.
Captain Stacy: Who're you?
Eddie Brock: It's Brock, sir. Edward Brock Jr. I work at Daily Bugle. And, uh, I'm dating your daughter.

Jameson: [grows impatient with someone else] Get on with it, you moron!
[the buzzer on his intercom blares loudly]
Jameson: What?!
Brant: Your blood pressure, Mr. Jameson. Your wife told me to tell you to watch the anger.
Jameson: [furiously] YOU TELL MY WIFE...! [calmly; pushes his intercom] Thank you.

J. Jonah Jameson: [wrinkles nose and sniffs air] What's that smell?
Eddie Brock, Jr.: It's Brock, sir. Eddie Brock Junior.

Jameson: [To Eddie] You want a staff job, [to Peter] you want a staff job. Doesn't anybody care about what I want?
Hoffman: [briefly entering] I do.
Jameson: Shut up. Get out. I want the public to see Spider-Man who he really is. He's a fake, he's full of siccum. Catch him in the act; Spider-Man with his hand in a cookie jar. Whoever brings me that photo gets a job. Well, what are you waiting for? Chinese New Year? Go, go, go!
Eddie: I'm on it, boss!
Peter: [after they both leave Jameson's office] You'll never get that shot.
Eddie: Oh, we'll see.

Peter Parker: I really appreciate your concern, M.J. But, I'm fine. I-I don't need your help.
Mary Jane Watson: Everybody needs help sometimes, Peter, even Spider-Man.

Peter Parker: What do you think?
Doctor Connors: I've never seen anything like it. I'm a physicist, not a biologist, but I'll look at it in the morning and run some tests.
Peter Parker: Can we do that now?
Doctor Connors: [The specimen being looked at escapes and starts moving towards Peter who, surprised, traps it in a glass] Seems to like you. Don't let any of that get on you.
Peter Parker: Why not?
Doctor Connors: It has the characteristics of a symbiote, which needs to bond to a host to survive. And sometimes, these things in Nature, when they bind, they can be hard to unbind.

Spider-Man: Flint Marko.
Sandman: What do you want from me?
Spider-Man: [his voice switching from playful to aggressive ] Remember Ben Parker? The old man you shot down in cold blood?!
Sandman: [visibly upset by the question] What does it matter to you, anyway?!
Spider-Man: [shoots a web that sticks to the wall past Sandman] EVERYTHING!

[after regaining his memories, Harry meets the spirit of his father, Norman]
Norman Osborn: Harry. Remember me?
Harry Osborn: Yes, Father. I remember.
Norman Osborn: I was right about her. About Peter. About everything.
Green Goblin: [offscreen] You know what you must do. Make him suffer. Make him wish he were dead. First, we attack his heart!

Mr. Ditkovich: Having trouble with the phone?
Peter Parker: No, no I was just trying to figure out what to say.
Mr. Ditkovich: If it is woman you are calling then you say "You are a good woman. I am good man." Hm?

Harry Osborn: [when corrupt Peter arrives at his mansion] Would you like a drink? Tsk, I'm sorry, what was I thinking? Bad for the public image, right, Mr. Key to the City?
Peter Parker: What did you do to her?!
Harry Osborn: I did what you failed to do. I was there for her. Mary Jane and I; we understand each other.
Peter Parker: She doesn't know what you are.
Harry Osborn: Peter, she knows me very well. And when she kissed me, it was just like she used to kiss me. The taste... [sucks in, rolls fingertips over his lips] ...strawberries.
[Peter punches him, fight ensues.]

Peter Parker: [after punching Harry through window with the black suit on it] Stings, doesn't it?
Harry Osborn: I protected you in high school, now I'm gonna kick your little butt!
Peter Parker: [mockingly] Ooh!

Harry Osborn: [after gets hit in the face with his glider and accidentally getting thrown by Peter at a glass shelf with a fulls of pumpkin bombs] You gonna kill me like you killed my father?
Peter Parker: I'm done trying to convince you.
Harry Osborn: You took him from me. He loved me.
Peter Parker: No, he despised you. You were an embarrassment to him. [seeing tears in Harry's eyes] Oh, look at little Goblin Jr. You gonna cry? [Peter knocks Harry unconscious on the wall shelf and walks away, Harry tries to throws a pumpkin bomb at Peter is moves out and Peter throws a pumpkin bomb back at Harry's face.]

Eddie: [to corrupt Peter, during his promotion party in his staff position] Well, good morning. It's a beautiful day, huh? What was that you said? I'd never get that picture? [points to his picture of Spider-Man robbing a bank] There's your hero.
Peter: Huh. I never thought he'd really do that!
Eddie: See? Right there. You made a judgment call. You gotta see it as it is.
Peter: It's funny you should say that, because I was looking through some old photos and it looks very, uh... [straightens his collar] similar.
Eddie: [chuckling] Okay. Well, I gotta get back to work.
Peter: You're trash, Brock.
Eddie: Excuse me?
Peter: [throwing down original picture with Brock's reedit] You're picture's a fake!
Eddie: Parker, you are such a boy scout. When are you gonna give a guy a break?
Peter: [angrily shoves him against the picture shattering the glass] You want forgiveness? Get religion.
Robbie Robertson: What's going on here?
Betty Brant: Are you guys alright?
Eddie: [fake chuckling] Yeah, we're just horsing around. [quietly to Peter] Look, I'm begging you: if you do this, I will lose everything. There won't be a paper in town that'll hire me.
Peter: You should've thought of that earlier. [lets go of Eddie and walks towards Robbie]
Robbie: What are you doing, Peter?
Peter: [hands photos to Robbie] Show this to your editor. Tell him to check the source next time.

[Jameson looks at the fake photo Brock made and the original he faked it from]
Robbie: [To Jameson] It's a fake. Empire State Photographic Department confirms it.
Jameson: [To Brock, angrily] Pack your things. Get out of my building.
Eddie: I was just–
Jameson: YOU'RE FIRED.
Robbie: [To Jameson, as Eddie leaves] You know we're gonna have to print a retraction now.
Jameson: I haven't printed a retraction in twenty years!

Betty Brant: Your shots are so good.
Peter Parker: I'd love to shoot you sometime.
Betty Brant: [aroused] Peter Parker. Peter...
J. Jonah Jameson: Parker! Miss Brant, that's not the position I hired you for.

Jazz Club Manager: Are you alright Mary Jane?
Mary Jane Watson: I'm fine.
Jazz Club Manager: Okay.
Peter Parker: Hey.
Mary Jane Watson: What's wrong with you?
Peter Parker: You.
Jazz Club Manager: Can I help you sir?
Peter Parker: No.
Jazz Club Bouncer: Everything okay here Paul?
Peter Parker: Yeah, everything okay here Paul?
Jazz Club Manager: Take him out of here.
Jazz Club Bouncer: [grabbing Peter's arm gently] Let's go sir.
Peter Parker: Take your hand off me.
Jazz Club Bouncer: [grabbing Peter's arm tight] Now.
Peter: [angrily fights the two guys and the Jazz Club Bouncer and punches him few times]
Mary Jane Watson: Peter, stop it!
Peter Parker: [screams and hits Mary Jane in the face causing her fell to the ground]
Mary Jane Watson: Who are you?
Peter Parker: I don't know. [reveals his black suit in his dress suit to Mary Jane but he covers it and leaves the jazz club]

Flint Marko: [grabs Venom in mid-swing, thinking he's Spider-Man] End of the line, Spider-Man.
Venom: [screeches in his face]
Flint Marko: [seeing it's not Spider-Man, tosses him aside]
Venom: I want him dead too, Flint. That's why I've been looking for you. Oh yeah, I know all about you. Like the fact that Spider-Man [reveals his identity] won't let you help your poor daughter. That just doesn't seem right to me. Look, I want to kill the Spider, you want to kill the Spider...together, he doesn't stand a chance. [turns back into Venom] Interested?
Flint Marko: Yeah.

Mary Jane: [gets in the cab and the driver reveal to be Eddie Brock]
Eddie Brock: So, where to? [uses Venom's arm to place against Mary Jane's face upon kidnapping her]

Spider-Man: Harry, I need your help. I can't take them both, not by myself.
Harry Osborn: [shows burnt half of his face] You don't deserve my help.
Spider-Man: Harry, she needs us.
Harry Osborn: Get out.

Bernard: [to Harry, upon his refusal to aid Peter] If I may, sir. I've seen things in this house I've never spoke of.
Harry Osborn: What are you trying to tell me?
Bernard: The night your father died, I... I cleaned his wound. The blade that pierced his body came from his Glider. I-I know you're trying to defend your father's honor, but there is no question that he died by his own hand. I loved your father, as I've loved you, Harry. As your friends love you.

Venom: Hey, Parker.
Spider-Man: My God, Eddie!
Venom: Ooh, my Spider-Sense is tingling. [grabbing Mary Jane] If you know what I'm talking about.
[Venom knocks Spider-Man down into a black web and binds his wrists to it.]
Spider-Man: We can find a way to settle this.
Venom: You're so right. I'm thinking humiliation. Kinda like how you humiliated me. Do you remember? Do you remember what you did to me? You made me lose my girl. Now I'm gonna make you lose yours. How's that sound, tiger?

Spider-Man: You came.
Harry Osborn: Looks like just in the nick of time.
Spider-Man: A couple minutes ago wouldn't have been so bad either.
Harry Osborn: What're you gonna do?

Jameson: [witnessing battle between Sandman and Goblin] Parker! Parker, where–? I need a photographer. Hey kid, want a job?
Little girl: Why would I want a job? I'm just a kid!
Jameson: Alright. How much for the camera?
Little girl: $100.
Jameson: $100?! Alright, you little crook. Here.
[Jameson buys the little girl's camera and clicks it, but it doesn't seem to work.]
Jameson: What the–?
[Jameson opens to camera, only to find that there's no film in it. He looks back to the little girl.]
Little girl: The film's extra.
[Jameson reaches back for his wallet, and snarls at her.]

Venom: Never wound what you can't kill.
Spider-Man: Eddie, the suit! You gotta take it off!
Venom: Oh, you'd like that, wouldn't you?
Spider-Man: I know what it feels like. It feels good, the power, everything, but you'll lose yourself. Let it go.
[The suit slowly grasps Venom's face, as if holding onto him]
Venom: I like being bad. It makes me happy. [The suit covers his face at once, as he prepares to deliver a fatal blow]

Sandman: [To Peter, after discovering he's Spider-Man] I didn't want this. But I had no choice.
Spider-Man: We always have a choice. You had a choice when you killed my uncle.
Sandman: My daughter was dying. I needed money. I was scared. I told your uncle all I wanted was the car. And he said to me, "Why don't you just put down the gun and go home?" I realize now he was just trying to help me. Then I saw my partner running over with the cash, and the gun was in my hand. Did a terrible thing to you. I spent a lot of nights wishing I could take it back. I'm not asking you to forgive me. I just want you to understand.
Spider-Man: I've done terrible things too.
Sandman: [looking down at the police cars and people cheering below] I didn't choose to be this. [looks at his locket] The only thing left in me now...is my daughter.
Spider-Man: I forgive you.
[Touched, Sandman turns into sand and peacefully flies away through the city.]

Spider-Man: Hi, pal. How you doing?
Harry Osborn: Been better.
Spider-Man: We'll get you through this.
Harry Osborn: No.
Spider-Man: I should never have hurt you. Said those things.
Harry Osborn: None of that matters, Peter. You're my friend.
Spider-Man: Best friend. [Harry then dies from his injuries]

Editor's Cut[edit]

[Alternate cut of Harry's Mansion scene.]
Harry: What took you so long?
[He turns to find Peter just casually chilling on the couch]
Peter: That was quite a performance today.
Harry: [chuckles] Well, it wasn't all a show. She did come to me.
[Peter rises up from the couch]
Peter: Oh yeah, I got the story. I'm really gonna enjoy this.
Harry: Not as much as I enjoyed it when Mary Jane kissed me.

[Sandman watches his daughter walk away with her mother from a park.]
Sandman: I promise you. He won't stop me again.

Peter: Ursula, hey, listen about earlier
Ursula: Don't worry about it, you're a good boy.
Peter: Thanks.


  • How long can any man fight the darkness... before he finds it in himself?
  • The battle within.
  • Every hero has a choice, to face the darkness... or be consumed by it.

About Spider-Man 3 [edit]

  • I think that Topher’s character is ultimately a very tragic character because when he hurls himself back just before the explosion I loved the way that he did that. It just gave me goose bumps. Topher just manages to capture in that one kind of flash of performance that this guy has nothing else. He’s only existed in the movie by superficiality and duplicity and then of course embraces the black suit and turns into Venom, but whenever he’s torn apart that’s all he has. He has no other choice, but to really commit himself suicidally because he just has nothing else. He has no other path. I find that to be resolute in it’s tragedy with it’s character. I think that my character certainly starts off in a place emotionally which addresses the worst fear of any parent, the possibility that you’ll lose your greatest gift which is your child. I’m a father and Sam is a father and Laura and Alvin are parents, Avi is a parent, everyone involved – early on that’s what we wanted the anchoring of the character to be. It was that kind of impending tragedy with the character. You’re right though, he’s sympathetic and certainly some clicks beyond Eddie Brock and Venom, but I think that as Avi has said before there are no bad guys in these movies. They’re just people that this far into the series, I think, come into these movies with a value system in tact that’s corrupted by ambition or lust. In the case of Sandman he’s really corrupted by the ferocity of his own good intentions. You’ve got to pretty much figure that whenever I become a sand tornado and I’m spinning through the streets of Manhattan and flipping over cars some people probably got f**ked up. That’s probably a drag and they don’t care if my daughter is dying because their car got turned upside down, their Hyundai Excel. They don’t even see the hidden benefit that insurance pays and they get another car.
  • The great failing of "Spider-Man 3" is that it failed to distract me from what a sap Peter Parker is. It lingers so long over the dopey romance between Peter and the long-suffering Mary Jane that I found myself asking the question: Could a whole movie about the relationship between these two twentysomethings be made? And my answer was: No, because today's audiences would never accept a hero so clueless and a heroine so docile. And isn't it a little unusual to propose marriage after sharing only one kiss, and that one in the previous movie, and upside-down?
  • And what's with Mary Jane? Here's a beautiful, (somewhat) talented actress good enough to star in a Broadway musical, and she has to put up with being trapped in a taxi suspended 80 stories in the air by alien spider webs. The unique quality of the classic comic books was that their teenagers had ordinary adolescent angst and insecurity. But if you are still dangling in taxicabs at age 20, you're a slow learner. If there is a "Spider-Man 4" (and there will be), how about giving Peter and Mary Jane at least the emotional complexity of soap opera characters? If "Juno" (opening Dec. 14) met Peter Parker, she'd have him for breakfast.
    Superhero movies and Bond movies live and die by their villains. Spidey No. 2 had the superb Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), who is right up there with Goldfinger and the Joker in the Supervillain Hall of Infamy. He had a personality. In Spidey No. 3 we have too many villains, too little infamy. Take the Sandman (Thomas Haden Church). As an escaped con and the murderer of Uncle Ben, he has marginal interest at best. As the Sandman, he is absurd. Recall Doc Ock climbing buildings with his fearsome mechanical tentacles and now look at this dust storm. He forms from heaps of sand into a creature that looks like a snowman left standing too late in the season. He can have holes blown into him with handguns, but then somehow regains the bodily integrity to hammer buildings. And how does he feel in there? Molina always let you know precisely how Doc Ock felt, with a vengeance.
  • We know that Spider-Man's powers do not reside in his red suit, which lies in a suitcase under his bed. So how do fake Spideys like Venom gain their powers when they are covered with the black substance? And how does a microorganism from outer space know how to replicate the intricate patternwork of the Spidey costume, right down to the chest decoration? And to what purpose from an evolutionary point of view? And what good luck that the microorganism gets Peter's rival photographer, Eddie Grace, to infect, so that he becomes Venom! And how does Eddie know who he has become?
  • "Spider-Man 3" is, in short, a mess. Too many villains, too many pale plot strands, too many romantic misunderstandings, too many conversations, too many street crowds looking high into the air and shouting "oooh!" this way, then swiveling and shouting "aaah!" that way. And saints deliver us from another dinner date like the one where Peter plans to propose to Mary Jane. You know a movie is in trouble when the climactic romantic scene of the entire series is stolen by the waiter (Bruce Campbell).
  • Yeah, I think there are 2 kinds of origins to Eddie Brock. There’s one where he’s more of Peter’s peer which is ultimate Spiderman and there’s one that’s a little muddled it’s kind of told in the flashback which is the original origin. So I guess what I really brought to it was kind of a fear at the beginning that I shared with Sam which is I don’t think I’m the right guy to really play this role. In the original comic book he’s like 40 and really muscle-bound and I had to work out for 6 months. I could never get to where he was in the comic book but then what Sam described to me is he wanted to take the best of both worlds approach and kind of make him this evil twin brother of Peter Parker who’s basically a case study and if someone similar, you know if they have the same job and they’re after the same girl. Even Eddie kind of has the edge even though they’re similar. He’s a better dresser and clearly has more money and kind of a better flirt. If they both received the same power and one of those 2 people didn’t have someone like Uncle Ben like a mentor to say you have to take responsibility for this power how would that turn out? Even Peter used it for personal gain originally. What’s great about Eddie is that even though he’s really slick he kind of hides a really hollow interior. Like he’s got a really great exterior, he’s got nothing inside, whereas Peter’s just the opposite. He might not have his whole act together but his core is very strong and that’s why he’s able to kind of shed this power but Eddie totally embraces it.
  • SHH!: Sam said Spidey needed to learn he was a sinner, did you appreciate those spiritual characteristics coming out in this film?
  • Maguire: Well I guess if you are talking about the imagery you should talk to Sam or Bill Pope, the cinematographer. For me, in my department, I wasn’t thinking of it in those terms really. There is definitely deep remorse from Peter’s part. I think he feels like he lost his way and he’s really remorseful and wants to…and feels really humbled and wants to stop behaving in that way. It’s difficult for him, it’s emotional. I think about it from the character’s perspective and not really in religious terms. It’s more about psychological and emotional terms that I’m think.
  • Wild About Movies: So how did you get to the two villains?
Raimi: So we decided that’s the journey Peter Parker has to go on. Then we said, what villain will best represent the conflict that can dramatize his journey? If the hero runs into this conflict, how can he learn forgiveness? We’ll make the villain piece someone who is absolutely unforgivable in Peter’s eyes to really take him to a place where the audience understands his desire for vengeance and they feel it so that the kids will think ‘Yes, bring the Sandman down, Spider-Man.’ And then by the end of the piece, you want the kids to go on this journey with Spider-Man so that they’d say, ‘No, actually as my hero, the best thing that you could do right now, the thing I’d rather have you do is forgive this man.’ We thought that would be a worthwhile summer picture and a good story for the kids if we could incorporate that.
  • Wild About Movies: You seemed to have a lot of fun with Peter Parker embracing his darker side. Can you talk about creating that aspect of the movie?
Sam Raimi: Well, in this story, Peter Parker falls victim to his own pride. He starts to believe all the press clippings about himself, that he’s really this hero and somebody great. He starts to be afraid that he isn’t that person and doesn’t want to act any other way than the person that’s right. That pride manifests itself in a much darker way. Working on those sequences with Tobey Maguire and the dark Spider-Man, that was a difficult thing for me actually. It wasn’t fun for me because I didn’t like those sequences.
I don’t like watching Spider-Man go bad. It was unpleasant and I kept worrying, ‘Gee, do I really have to do this to show how rageful and vengeful he is? Do we really have to show how pride can destroy you?’ But, my brother kept telling me, ‘Yes, because he’s going to find himself again after he loses himself.’


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