So how many characters can a superhero movie sustain and still give each enough screen time that we get to know and care about them? Based on recent news it's looking like besides Spiderman we have: - Mary Jane Watson - The Sandman - Venom - Gwen Stacy - Harry Osborne (Hobgoblin?) Venom was confirmed a couple of days ago as was the addition of Gwen Stacy (to be played by Bryce Dallas Howard). I think it's pretty cool that they're finally putting the Gwen character in a Spidey movie but I'm wondering how they'll be working her in? " /> So how many characters can a superhero movie sustain and still give each enough screen time that we get to know and care about them? Based on recent news it's looking like besides Spiderman we have: - Mary Jane Watson - The Sandman - Venom - Gwen Stacy - Harry Osborne (Hobgoblin?) Venom was confirmed a couple of days ago as was the addition of Gwen Stacy (to be played by Bryce Dallas Howard). I think it's pretty cool that they're finally putting the Gwen character in a Spidey movie but I'm wondering how they'll be working her in? " />

Spiderman 3: Juggling Too Many Characters?

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spiderman3 characters Spiderman 3: Juggling Too Many Characters?So how many characters can a superhero movie sustain and still give each enough screen time that we get to know and care about them? Based on recent news it’s looking like besides Spiderman we have:

- Mary Jane Watson
- The Sandman
- Venom
- Gwen Stacy
- Harry Osborne (Hobgoblin?)

Venom was confirmed a couple of days ago as was the addition of Gwen Stacy (to be played by Bryce Dallas Howard). I think it’s pretty cool that they’re finally putting the Gwen character in a Spidey movie but I’m wondering how they’ll be working her in?


For those of you unfamiliar, back in the day she was Peter Parker’s “great love”, who was killed when the Green Goblin tossed her off a bridge and Spiderman tried to save her by catching her with his web. Technically it was Spidey who killed her as her neck snapped when he stopped her fall.

I wonder if they’ll kill off Mary Jane in the movie instead of Gwen Stacy?

One thing that I find funny is how they got a redhead to play a blonde and vice versa. Anyway, it just seems like an awful lot of characters to cram into one storyline. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see.

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  1. It makes me really nervous. Each subsequent Batman movie (obviously not counting Batman Begins) they kept adding more and more characters, which, as you mentioned leaves less time for each to be developed and utilized well. And we all know how bad the Batman movies got…there hasn’t been any mention of adding nipples to the Spidey suit I hope. :shock:

  2. My speculation:

    Gwen is a love interest of Harry Osborn’s, and is killed early in the movie and it pushes him over the edge. Ala Donna Murphy in Spiderman2. Or, Gwen is taken hostage instead of Mary Jane thus avoidng MJ being the damsel-in-distress for the THIRD time;i.e, avoid the D-I-D cliche.

  3. “there hasn’t been any mention of adding nipples to the Spidey suit I hope.”

    Ha! :P :P

    Zipper, interesting speculations…

    Vic

  4. Wasn’t there originally talk of filming Spiderman 3 and 4 back to back? Perhaps this really was only a rumor, but if they are being filmed simultaneously that might explain why there are so many characters.

  5. I agree, given Venom’s extensive history character depth, it would be a travesty if he wasn’t given adequate screen time to develop the character properly. My guess is that Venom’s roll in Spiderman 3 will be more supporting cast than lead villain, and that the main purpose of his inclusion in 3 is as a setup for 4. Well lets hope anyway… we will just have to wait and see.

  6. Jarrod, that’s a fair assessment and I hope that you’re right.

    Vic

  7. yo this movie sounds hot!! i cant believe they put venom, yo that is crazy!! wait why put gwen stacy, i mean she’s hot and all put putting her in last minute could bring disaster. o yeah make the definite positve on putting harry the green goblin, not the hob goblin, let him follow his father’s footsteps. in all this movie i think is going to be off da hook!! :-) 8)

  8. :twisted: cghgdhdhdhrhrh :roll:

  9. If you look at the trailer carefully, you get a good idea of what goes on in the story, it’s all in there. Harry now knows Spiderman’s true identity and attacks him early in the movie while he’s “off duty”. Peter gets the symbiote suit which starts to slowly turn him into a moody darker person. Him and mary jane clearly get into some kind of fight, Gwen walks back into his life and he decides to persue her. In her desperation, mary jane seeks her ex, Harry for comfort. We can draw the fact that harry is no ordinary villan now and is intimately involved with spiderman in a way that sandman, the random “bankrobber” is not. It’s not likely that sandman and harry will team up against spiderman as they seem to have different interests. In the comic as I recall, there are 3 stages spiderman goes through with the symbiote suit. First stage, he’s amazed and thankful for the suit and the new powers it’s given him. Second stage, he starts to realize the darkness the suit brings with it and how it’s affected his personality. Third, he realizes he needs to get rid of it and tries various different ways before realizing that the suit is vulnerable to loud sounds. This is all more than enough of a plot to make a 2 and a half hour movie, so I’m wondering how they will find time to fit Brock getting the suit. They have already confirmed Venom’s appearance in the movie, so no need to worry. :)

  10. So what powers does the new spiderman get with this suite?

  11. I don’t follow the Spidey books and it was so long ago that I don’t really remember what all the benefits were of wearing the suit.

    Vic

  12. Boy, it was a long time ago. A a symbiote, the suit could appear in whatever shape and color it wanted, so Peter didn’t actually have to wear a costume under his clothes, but have the costume become his clothes.

    Additionally the costume could produce its own webs, so Peter didn’t have to wear his webshooters. But since in the movies they made webs one of his Spidey powers instead of using the shooters, it really wipes out that benefit.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they threw in a unique ability or two in the movie that wasn’t part of the original comics.

    Dale

  13. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be good. :P

    Vic

  14. I just watched the new trailer at: http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/spider-man_3/large.html
    It shows clearly that the Green Goblin is in it, and towards the end of the trailer it seemed that the Green Goblin (preumably Harry Osborn) had the Symbiote on as he was black allover as aposed to his father in the first movie.
    Oh and if you watch the trailer you catch a glimpse of Sandman, has to be said, he looks like the Wall of sand made into the shape of a face like in the Mummy.
    Anyway, the movie and trailer look excellent… Bring on May 2007!!!

  15. Spiderman is the best super hero

  16. if i Could have made Spiderman 3 i would have Gwen Stacy [Bryce Dalis Howard] die due to having be killed by Venom then i would have Harry Osborn exposing himself to Goblin Formala then enjoying glass of wine only to find out by Spiderman that Gwen is Dead then Harry after Spiderman leaves walks over his wardrobe and opeans it and finds a chest and opens it and dons The Black Spiderman Mask and Costume and says let’s go and kick some symbiote butt and then it goes To fight scence beetween The Black Spiderman and Venom and Sandman only for Spiderman jump in and join Harry and save mary Jane Before she becomes a otner victim.

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