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Eddie Brock Becomes Venom – Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Eddie Brock Becomes Venom – Spider-Man 3 (2007) Description

Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. It was directed by Sam Raimi from a screenplay by Raimi, his older brother Ivan and Alvin Sargent. It is the final installment in Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. The film stars Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Rosemary Harris, and J. K. Simmons.

Set shortly after the events of Spider-Man 2, as Peter Parker prepares for his future with Mary Jane Watson, he faces three more villains: Uncle Ben’s true killer who becomes the Sandman after a freak accident; Harry Osborn, who seeks to avenge his father; and Eddie Brock, a rival photographer who becomes Venom after Peter bonded with an extraterrestrial symbiote that brings out his anger.

Development of Spider-Man 3 began immediately after the successful release of Spider-Man 2 for a 2007 release. During pre-production, Raimi originally wanted another villain to be included along with Sandman. At the request of producer Avi Arad, he added Venom and the producers also requested the addition of Gwen Stacy. Principal photography for the film began in January 2006, and took place in Los Angeles and Cleveland before moving to New York City from May until July 2006.

Additional pick-up shots were made after August and the film wrapped in October 2006. During post-production, Sony Pictures Imageworks created over 900 visual effects shots. With an estimated production budget of $258–350 million, it was the most expensive film ever made at the time of its release.

Spider-Man 3 premiered on April 16, 2007, in Tokyo, and was released in the United States in both conventional and IMAX theaters on May 4, 2007. The film grossed $890.9 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of the trilogy, the third-highest-grossing film of 2007 and was the highest-grossing Spider-Man film until it was surpassed by Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019.

Unlike the previous installments, Spider-Man 3 received a mixed reception from critics, who praised the performances, visual effects and action sequences, but criticized the overloaded storylines, subplots, and overabundance of villains. The majority of these issues were later attributed to studio interferences and creative differences between Sony, Raimi and Arad.

A fourth installment, titled Spider-Man 4, was set to be released on May 6, 2011, followed by a Venom spin-off film, but both were canceled due to Raimi’s withdrawal over creative differences with the writers and producers. The Spider-Man film series was rebooted twice; first with The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield; and later a new film series set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, beginning with Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).

The Venom spin-off was revived in 2016 by Sony and was finally released in 2018 with Venom, set within Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters and directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Tom Hardy.

Future of Spider-Man 3

Cancelled sequels

In 2008, Spider-Man 4 entered development, with Raimi attached to direct and Maguire, Dunst and other cast members set to reprise their roles. Both a fourth and a fifth film were planned and at one time the idea of shooting the two sequels concurrently was under consideration. However, Raimi stated in March 2009 that only the fourth film was in development at that time and that if there were fifth and sixth films, those two films would actually be a continuation of each other.

James Vanderbilt was hired in October 2008 to pen the screenplay after initial reports in January 2009 that Sony Pictures was in contact with David Koepp, who wrote the first Spider-Man film. The script was subsequently rewritten by Pulitzer-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire in November 2008 and rewritten again by Gary Ross in October 2009. Sony also engaged Vanderbilt to write scripts for Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6.

In 2007, Raimi expressed interest in portraying the transformation of Dr. Curt Connors into his villainous alter-ego, the Lizard, a villain which had been teased since Spider-Man 2; the character’s actor Dylan Baker and producer Grant Curtis were also enthusiastic about the idea. By December 2009, John Malkovich was in negotiations to play Vulture and Anne Hathaway would play Felicia Hardy, though she would not have transformed into the Black Cat as in the comics but a new superpowered figure, the Vulturess. However, Raimi stated in a 2013 interview that Hathaway would have portrayed Black Cat if Spider-Man 4 had been made.

Sony Pictures announced in January 2010 that plans for Spider-Man 4 had been canceled due to Raimi’s withdrawal from the project. Raimi reportedly ended his participation due to his doubt that he could meet the planned May 6, 2011 release date while at the same time upholding the film creatively. Raimi purportedly went through four iterations of the script with different screenwriters and still “hated it”.

In March 2017, it was revealed that stock footage of a crowd reacting to Spider-Man catching Gwen Stacy from Spider-Man 3‘s B-roll was used in the trailer for the 2017 film Life.


A reboot of the series titled The Amazing Spider-Man was released on July 4, 2012, with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. A sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was released on May 2, 2014.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Following the underwhelming critical and commercial reception of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony and Marvel Studios announced in February 2015 that a new iteration of Spider-Man would appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the character appearing in Captain America: Civil War. As part of the agreement, Sony Pictures continued to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.

Marvel Studios and Sony will explore opportunities to integrate other characters of the MCU into future Spider-Man films. Sony released a standalone film titled Spider-Man: Homecoming, produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, on July 7, 2017, with Tom Holland starring as the new Spider-Man. Holland reprises his portrayal of the character in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. A third film is currently in production and is scheduled to be released December 17, 2021.

J. K. Simmons, who portrayed J. Jonah Jameson in the original films, played a new version of the same character in the mid-credits scene of Far From Home. In December 2020, it was revealed that Kirsten Dunst would reprise her role as Mary Jane Watson in the Far From Home sequel, alongside Andrew Garfield’s version of Peter Parker from The Amazing Spider-Man films, while Tobey Maguire was in talks to also reprise his version of Parker.

Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters

In July 2007, Sony executive Avi Arad revealed a spin-off of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy focused on Venom was in the planning stages, with Jacob Aaron Estes commissioned to write a script, tentatively entitled Venom. In September 2008, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick signed on to write the film after Estes’ script was rejected, while Gary Ross would direct. Variety reported that Venom would become an anti-hero in the film, and Marvel Entertainment would produce the film.

The potential film was ultimately canceled. The project languished in development hell for over a decade until it was eventually released in 2018, directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Tom Hardy, replacing Topher Grace as the titular anti-hero. A sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, is set to be released on June 25, 2021, with Hardy reprising the role and Andy Serkis replacing Fleischer as director. Morbius is set to be released on March 19, 2021, starring Jared Leto as titular character and directed by Daniel Espinosa.


The company is credited as Marvel Studios, despite not being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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About Eddie Brock Becomes Venom – Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Directed By Sam Raimi
Screenplay by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Alvin Sargent
Produced by Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, Grant Curtis
Story by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Based on Spider-Man by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Music Christopher Young
Release Date April 16, 2007 (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower) May 4, 2007 (United States)
Runtime 2h 19min
Starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard
Country United States
Language English
Production Company Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Budget $258–350 million
Box office $895 million
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
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