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Published:May 11th, 2007 08:34 EST
Peter Parker Faces an Inner Battle in Spider-Man 3

Peter Parker Faces an Inner Battle in Spider-Man 3

By Garrett Godwin

Peter Parker faces his greatest enemy-- himself-- in Spider-Man 3, the number-one movie in America, and possibly the world, as it takes in over $380 million worldwide.

Tobey Maguire reprised his role as the always-conflicted and classic reluctant hero who learns that with great power comes great responsibility.

"The first one`s white chocolate," states Kirsten Dunst, who plays love interest Mary Jane Watson.  "The second`s milk chocolate, and now we`re into dark chocolate."

In Spider-Man 3, the web-slinging hero is enjoying life even more.  He`s comfortable with the glory and praise he`s been given by the people of New York, and is content in his relationship with Mary Jane (MJ), the woman he`s been in love with since day one.  Peter is even asking to marry her.

However, the timing becomes bad when he and Aunt May find out that Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church), who will soon become Sandman, is truly the man responsible for the death of Peter`s beloved Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson).  Therefore, a vengeful Peter takes matters into his hands to deal with Marko personally.

However, the film turns into one battle after another, as he also comes face-to-face with friend-turned-enemy Harry Osborn (James Franco) -- who blames Peter for his father`s death, and Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), unethical photojournalist who will become Venom.

The biggest battle lies within Peter as he encounters a black, alien organism... changing not only his spider suit, but also his personality -- affecting the relationships of those he loves.

According to Sam Raimi, Spider-Man 3 shows Peter Parker making the difficult transition from boy to man, but also is a hero who is truly flawed.

"He considers himself a hero and a sinless person, versus these villains he nabs," states the director.  "So we felt it would be great if he learned a less black-and-white view of life.  That he`s not just the hero and they`re not just the villains.  We`re all human beings and he, himself, might have some sin in him.  And those he calls criminals have humanity within them, and the best we can do in this world is to strive for forgiveness -- not vengeance."

Though there has been speculation that Spider-Man 3 is the conclusion of a trilogy, there have been talks of a fourth, but no official word on whether Raimi or its two leads are on board.

"I think if we venture into a fourth," said Dunst, "it will be some time from now and in a new way.  I would work with Sam on any movie he wanted to work on with me, because I just adore that man."

A story of revenge, love, redemption, and finding your way as well as yourself, Spider-Man 3 continues to swing its way into theatres.


Sources: SCIFI Magazine and The Metro Times