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Monday, February 27, 2006

Spider-Man 3 Teaser Post Thrills Some--Me? Not So Much...

So loads of uneducated quasi-Spidey fans were all a flutter this weekend after a new teaser poster for 2007's Spider-Man 3. Why? Because it's got Spidey in a black costume. I hit a couple of fanboy sites and found a few people who thought it looked cool--one blogger insisted that the poster was not in black and white but that the costume itself was colored black. Well, if he's right then I'm even less impressed.

Check it out for yourself:

Now to anyone who actually knows what they are talking about that is NOT the black Spidey costume. It's simply a grayscaled version of the regular Spidey costume. I mean, does the above image look anything like the below image?

THAT'S the black costume, thank you very much. If Sam Raimi veers that dramatically from the original design I'm going to be very disappointed. I'm one of those Spidey fans who actually prefers the black costume because it's more spider-like than the Superman-rip-off red and blues Spidey is best known for.

THERE, I said it, and I'd say it again!

So, I'm not concerned that the direction SM3 is going in is not a good one. I was momentarily happy when I saw the below pic of Eddie Brock, the man inside the Venom costume:

The catch is, that's Sandman, not Eddie Brock. Eddie Brock is being played by:

Yep, Topher Grace, that 70s kid. This is like when Sam Raimi decided to ditch Spidey's man-made webshooters--only worse. Eddie Brock is the anti-Peter-Parker. With Brock, instead of Parker's skinny nerd, the comic presented us with a big muscle-bound guy with a buzzcut. Instead of Spidey's streamlined, lean body, Venom was a bulky, musclebound monster.

It makes no sense to put a guy who could play Peter Parker in the roll of Eddie Brock. It's fully reinventing the character in a way that makes no sense. The first Spider-Man I adored. The second not so much--it felt more like a Sam Raimi film (absurd stunts, very dark scenes (thematically speaking) and less like a Spider-Man movie (real life problems don't get any easier with super powers).

Now, we get him dramatically messing with the black costume and the person who will wear it.

I can wait until the summer of 2007. In fact, if it's going to be as bad as I'm worried it will be, it can stay away until 2008 or later...


  1. Here is a little snip from the official SM site at

    You may think you’re looking at a black and white photo. Look closely, Spider-Man wears a black suit in Spider-Man 3. Tobey Maguire returns as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Spider-Man 3. In Theaters 5/4/07

  2. That doesn't make me feel any better :( That's not what the black suit should look like--not in the least. Might as well change the font on the "S" Superman wears on his chest to Comic Sans or something...

  3. It actually kind of bugs me when people refer to it as "His Black Costume" when it's not really a costume at all. It's a living breathing entity. The Symbiot is more than just a costume, it also amplifies Spidey's powers and feeds off of his anger, encouraging it so that it may better feed, makeing him act on those dark impulses that he wouldn't otherwise act on. This is the very thing that later turns Eddie Broock into Venom. To refer to it as "His Black Costume" demeans it's importance.

    ....But I do agree that he looks cooler in black. *lol*