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Subj: Re: Thanks Alot, Avi Arad! ***Spider-man 3 Spoilers*** [SPOILERS]
Posted: Fri May 04, 2007 at 08:34:31 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Thanks Alot, Avi Arad! ***Spider-man 3 Spoilers***
Posted: Fri May 04, 2007 at 03:41:38 pm EDT

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Alas, Spider-man 3 is, in my opinion, nowhere near as good as SM2. I still enjoyed the movie. It could have been worse. But the most painful thing to watch is that there was actually a pretty good story in there buried under the crap that "Marketing" piled on. I could see this being the chapter that really defines Peter's moral character--the good guy who chooses not to use the bad guy methods. Unfortunately, somebody with a lot of influence insisted that Venom get shoe-horned into the story. You would think that everybody would know their Clone-Saga history and understand the consequences of marketing dictating to the creative elements. This movie could have been so much better. I hope Raimi comes back to do a fourth installment and I hope Arad stays out of his way so he can do a true movie "for the fans."

> Alas, Spider-man 3 is, in my opinion, nowhere near as good as SM2. I still enjoyed the movie. It could have been worse. But the most painful thing to watch is that there was actually a pretty good story in there buried under the crap that "Marketing" piled on. I could see this being the chapter that really defines Peter's moral character--the good guy who chooses not to use the bad guy methods. Unfortunately, somebody with a lot of influence insisted that Venom get shoe-horned into the story. You would think that everybody would know their Clone-Saga history and understand the consequences of marketing dictating to the creative elements. This movie could have been so much better. I hope Raimi comes back to do a fourth installment and I hope Arad stays out of his way so he can do a true movie "for the fans."

Yeah, I blame Avi Arad, too. Raimi wanted to stick to the Lee-Ditko villains (apparently Vulture was originally supposed to be the second villain), but Arad said Raimi was being selfish and that putting Venom in would reward the fans.

Right. And then Arad quit Marvel and formed his own production company. Thanks a bunch.

And I agree that the great movie "Spider-Man 3" could have been is plain to see beneath all the added marketing, which is an apt way of putting it. The Harry story is far and away the strongest plotline in the film. If only Raimi had the courage to not bring in any new villains and just use Harry.

The best way to have used Venom would have been to set him up as the villain in the next movie, which apparently was also strongly considered. But because Raimi, Maguire and Dunst signed for only three films, they decided a Venom cliffhanger would be too risky. But to kill Venom off so quickly (and as I see it, definitively, though I know others disagree) was pointless.

Originally I thought it would be a good idea if Sony voluntarily put any future Spider-Man films on hold for at least five years, then come back with a new creative team and cast. Now I do want Raimi, Maguire, etc. to make one more film because I want their final Spider-Man film to be better than this.

Of course, I'm still seeing it again tomorrow, though.















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