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10. After Mary Jane "breaks up" with Peter and before Peter and Harry talk, they are on a street named Jane, which is part of her name.
9. While Topher Grace was a big comic book fan and had read the first Venom stories as a boy, he found the suit he had to wear as Venom extremely unpleasant. It took an hour to put on (and four hours to apply the prosthetics); and it had to be constantly smeared with goo to give it a liquid organic feel. Grace also had to wear fangs, which bruised his gums.
7. While being in the Venom costume, Topher Grace didn't drink any water during his breaks because he couldn't use the bathroom with his costume on.
6. Mary Jane wasn't originally going to be in the taxi in the film's climactic fight. This was changed during the middle of shooting. Gwen was supposed to be captured, while MJ would have persuaded Harry to help Peter. The change was made at a late stage and Kirsten Dunst was not happy about it. Sam Raimi even apologized to her.
5. Sam Raimi was deeply unhappy with how the film turned out. He had hoped that the planned fourth film would have made up for it.
4. Topher Grace left That '70s Show (1998) to star in this movie.
2. When the symbiote attaches to Peter's motorcycle license plate, it takes on the shape of a V (for Venom).
1. The name of the character who replaces MJ in the play is Andrea Rubin; Sam Raimi's sister is named Andrea.
EXTRASImmediately after Spider-Man 2 (2004) released, Ivan Raimi wrote a plot for the third film in two months. According to Sam Raimi, the film initially dealt with the concept of heroes with a dark side, and villains with a sympathetic side. As well as dealing with the "triangle" between Peter, Mary Jane and Harry, the Sandman was made the film's official "villain"; the screenwriters made his character, merely a petty criminal in the comics, the real killer of Ben Parker to further Peter's guilt over his uncle's death. Raimi wanted another villain in the film, and eventually settled on the popular villain Venom to please the fans. There was also the addition of a rival love interest, Gwen Stacy, to complicate personal matters. However, with all these additions, the story became so complex that Alvin Sargent considered cutting it into two films, before realizing he could not create a successful intermediate climax for the third film to lead into the fourth.
On May 4th, 2007, while promoting the film on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), Thomas Haden Church revealed that he broke three knuckles during the subway scene where he swings to punch Spider-Man and ends up punching a chunk of the wall away. Church said that the effects crew had told him that the brick in the middle was fake while the upper and lower ones were real. Unfortunately, the foam brick had not actually been put in place yet, and when Sam Raimi yelled 'action', Church spun around and punched the real brick on the first take.
Originally, the butler was to be another illusion of Harry's, representing his good side. Even though this idea would have cleared up a massive plot hole (the butler waited to explain to Harry that his father's wounds were not an accident after such a long time), it was cut.
In a fight scene where Spider-Man punches through Sandman's chest, congenital amputee boxer Baxter Humby took Tobey Maguire's place in filming the scene. Humby, who was born without his right hand, helped deliver the intended effect of punching through Sandman's chest.
Originally, director Sam Raimi vehemently opposed having Venom as a villain in the film, claiming he hated Venom's "lack of humanity," but Marvel producer Avi Arad convinced him to include the character, explaining that Venom had a strong worldwide following. Raimi eventually came to appreciate the character, based on writer Alvin Sargent's script and actor Topher Grace's performance. However, to keep Venom's appearance a secret, he claimed during the film's casting and production that he hated the character, and had no intention of including the character in this film or any subsequent sequels. To make amends, he then treated the audience at the 22 July 2006 San Diego Comic-Con to the first public images of Venom in the film, albeit with unfinished special effects.
Composer Danny Elfman does not return to provide the musical score for this film, citing creative differences with director Sam Raimi during Spider-Man 2 (2004). Instead, Christopher Young composes the film's score. In December 2006, however, producer Grant Curtis announced that Elfman had begun collaborating with Young on the film's score music. Interestingly, Elfman turned down this film for Charlotte's Web (2006), which is about a spider who uses her talents to do good. Raimi and Elfman reunited for Oz the Great and Powerful (2013).
This film was reportedly the most expensive film ever made in U.S. dollars, with a green-lit budget of $250 million. However, with the ground-up development of revolutionary CGI, the astronomical costs of shooting on location in New York (reportedly at $1 million per day) and extensive re-shoots which over-ran the production schedule an additional 8 months, have led many industry insiders to speculate a final tab of $350 Million or more in production costs alone. If this figure is true, then only Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) comes in second with a final budget of $300 million.
Sam Raimi stated in an interview that he has no interest of seeing Carnage in a live action movie, as he said that about Venom. However, he said that Toxin would make a cameo in future Spider-Man movies, without Carnage. A sequel was in development and was going to feature Dr. Curt Connor's turn into The Lizard and feature Carnage. But after some disputes over the script and Sam Raimi, the movie was cancelled in favor of a reboot.
To prepare for his role as the Sandman, Thomas Haden Church worked out for 16 months, losing ten pounds of fat and gaining 28 pounds of muscle. He based his performance on misunderstood monsters, like the Golem from The Golem (1920), Frankenstein (1931)'s monster, and King Kong (1933).
When Eddie jumps in the symbiote, during his death in the explosion, for a few frames, his skeleton briefly appears, around the same time the ball of nuclear energy is released, after being pulled in.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
PG-13 | 2h 19min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 4 May 2007 (USA)
A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.
Director: Sam Raimi
Writers: Sam Raimi (screenplay), Ivan Raimi (screenplay)
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace