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Subj: Two things about what they *don't* use in Spider-Man 3, and why
Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 at 11:37:08 pm EDT
Reply Subj: The Truth About Spider-Man 3 (No Spoilers)
Posted: Fri May 04, 2007 at 03:22:08 am EDT

As I don't think talking about what isn't used in Spider-Man 3 needs spoiler space, I won't use spoiler space.

1. The Lizard isn't used as a villain.
In Webslingers, the collection of essays about Spider-Man, one writer mentions that both Norman Osborn and Otto Octavus are guilty of hubris, a kind of blasphemous pride. Norman sees "human evolution" as sometime to be "tapped" like an oil well. Otto says "The power of the sun in the palm of my hand," sounding like Prometheus. While I haven't seen SM3 yet, supposedly Peter himself gets overly prideful once the black costume goes on.
Curt Connors, however, wants to use the lizard formula to help amputee victims regrow lost limbs. Where is the "tampering in God's domain" in that? Heck, the audience would probably be cheering him on before he becomes the Lizard. Unless Raimi tries the whole "Connors has always been in control when he's the Lizard; it's just his excuse for acting like he wants to" theory Paul Jenkins once used.
Anyway, even though the first two movies had the whole "nice guy before the lab accident" villains, Curt Connors may be *too* nice to become a villain. No offense to Dylan Baker, who has played a very convincing bad guy in the past.

2. They don't use what the 90's animated series did: John Jameson finds the symbiote on a space mission and brings it back to earth, the symbiote tries to take over John, which almost makes the shuttle crash in downtown Manhattan. Spider-Man stops the shuttle and saves John and the symbiote bonds to him instead.
Now, if anyone could do a "Spider-Man saves a space shuttle" scene and make it look even cooler than Superman Returns, Sam Raimi could. After all, Spidey can't fly, no head vision, and probably couldn't land the thing in a ballpark without getting crushed himself.
But, not using this scenario to bring the symbiote to earth makes sense: it would be too freaking expensive and push the budget into the $300 million range (if it's not there already).

And in both cases, they have to save something for Spider-Man 4.

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