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Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film written and directed by Sam Raimi, with a screenplay by Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent. It is the third film in the Spider-Man film franchise based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, and Topher Grace. The film begins with Peter Parker basking in his success as Spider-Man, while Mary Jane Watson begins her Broadway career. Harry Osborn still seeks vengeance for his father's death, and an escaped convict, Flint Marko, falls into a particle accelerator and is transformed into a shape-shifting sand manipulator. An alien symbiote crashes to Earth and bonds with Peter, influencing his behavior for the worse. When the symbiote is abandoned, it finds refuge in Eddie Brock, Jr., a rival photographer, causing Peter to face his greatest challenge.
Cast and characters * Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker / Spider-Man: A brilliant physics student at Columbia University and photographer for the Daily Bugle who leads a double life as the superhero Spider-Man, protecting New York City from crime. As he grows arrogant with the city starting to embrace him for the first time in his career, an alien symbiote attaches itself to Peter's costume and influences his behavior for the worse. * Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson: Peter Parker's girlfriend and a Broadway actress, whom he has loved since childhood. Mary Jane loses her job after bad reviews regarding her singing voice, but does not tell Peter, feeling his success has gone to his head. * James Franco as Harry Osborn / New Goblin: The son of Norman Osborn and Peter Parker's former best friend who believes that Spider-Man murdered his father. After learning Peter is Spider-Man and that Norman was the Green Goblin, Harry becomes the New Goblin to battle his former friend directly.
* Thomas Haden Church as Flint Marko / Sandman: A small-time thug who has a wife and sick daughter, for whom he steals money to help get the treatment to cure her. He transforms into the Sandman following a freak accident, and incurs Peter's wrath when Peter learns he was his Uncle Ben's true killer. * Topher Grace as Eddie Brock Jr. / Venom: A photographer at the Daily Bugle who becomes Peter's rival in getting photos of Spider-Man. He creates a fake image in the process, but an angry Peter exposes his photo as a fake, and he is fired. Having lost his job and his would-be girlfriend to Peter, Eddie leaps at the opportunity to exact his vengeance when he bonds with the symbiote and becomes Venom. * Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy: The daughter of a police captain, a model, and Peter Parker's lab partner. When Spider-Man rescues her from a construction accident and then kisses her at the following award ceremony, Mary Jane grows suspicious of whether Peter is cheating on her. Eddie is attracted to her, but Peter asks her out to spite Mary Jane. Horrified, she leaves him. * Rosemary Harris as May Parker: The aunt of Peter Parker and the widow of Ben Parker, Peter's uncle. She gives Peter her engagement ring so he can propose to Mary Jane, and gives him lessons of forgiveness. * J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson: The aggressive chief of the Daily Bugle. He has particular dislike towards Spider-Man, whom he considers a criminal, and fires Eddie Brock as he is forced to apologize for fake incriminating photos of Spider-Man he made. * Dylan Baker as Dr. Curt Connors: A college physics professor under whom Peter Parker studies. He examines a piece of the symbiote and tells Peter it increases aggression. * James Cromwell as Captain George Stacy: A police captain and father of Gwen Stacy, George Stacy holds a ceremony in honor of Spider-Man after he rescues his daughter. * Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin: The hallucination of Harry Osborn's late wicked father returns to encourage his son to destroy Spider-Man. Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee has a cameo in Spider-Man 3, as he did in the previous Spider-Man films, which he referred to as his "best cameo". Actor Bruce Campbell, who has had cameo roles as a wrestling ring announcer in Spider-Man and as a rude usher in Spider-Man 2, returns in Spider-Man 3 with a new cameo as a French maître d'. Producer Grant Curtis also has a cameo as the driver of an armored car that Sandman attacks.
Spider-Man 3 was commercially released in multiple countries on May 1, 2007, and released in the United States in both conventional and IMAX theaters on May 4, 2007. Although the film received generally mixed reviews from critics, in contrast to the previous films' highly positive reviews, it broke most of the opening weekend records, both in the United States and in foreign markets, including records held in IMAX theaters.