Friday, November 10, 2006

The Drama, The Pain, The New Spider-man 3 Trailer


Long ago I called this movie as I saw it. It was all about the black suit and yes we found out long ago, (but less long ago) that it WAS all about the black suit. Until recently, everyone has been complaining about this thing having too many villains and being overwhelmed with characters. Don't worry, Sam Raimi has not forgotten the key to Spider-man. No matter how many villains or troubles swirling round in the chaotic tornado that is the life of this tragic superhero, it's always, always, always.... all about Peter and the choice.

And now that we have seen the new trailer that just came out (and is now provided to you everywhere including below) we see that good old Sam has not forgotten this rule. The reason Spider-man will never be defeated in the hearts of his ever growing fan base, is that he is a royal, guilt-ridden mess.

Stan Lee and the boys at Timely Comics (Marvel Comics' original name) spent years writing teen romance focused soap opera comics, before they fatefully decided to merge their characters with colorful costumes and bad social skills, first with the bickering Fantastic Four and the brooding Hulk and then in their most perfect concoction: The Amazing Spider-man, equaling one part dark mysterious hooded hero, one part teen angst ridden pubescent nerd, one part monster movie (I Was A Teenage Fly), and one part internalized Woody Allen monologue.

Spider-man is at heart about the purpose of the hero, not the antihero who has largely taken that role since Clint Eastwood stood in the hot sun and put on a knit rug, but the hero, who has an ethical standard and a selflessness, that sadly many people Today cannot equate to their own choices. Peter didn't do the right thing because he wanted to or because he got rewarded, he did it because it was the right thing to do. His actions held together a larger ethical system, that believed that heroism is not fun, it's damn hard and thankless, but regardless, it is the only thing that elevates us from opportunism and blind rationality.

Perhaps this all sounds rather silly, optimistic and juvenile, and perhaps it is, but as much as I like Wolverine, I don't think he has anything to teach children about ethics they couldn't learn from TV Wrestling or the latest horror movie. The anti-hero is applauded when he kicks ass, and survives to fight again.

Spider-man is about overcoming fear, anger and selfish desires. It's about the pain of sometimes doing what is correct as opposed to sitting on the couch with your friends getting drunk on gin and tonics. In this world where self is all important and kids seem to have no idea how to rip themselves away from the "symbiotic" media monster that sucks at their brain, it's nice to see some piece of popular culture that focuses on something a little more noble than most.

After watching the new trailer I can see that once again, regardless of the cast of characters, Spider-man 3 is about Peter, fighting himself, to do the right thing.

Nuff Said.

More Spider Stuff HERE

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Venom, Sandman & Harry, They Don't Want You To See!

Aintitcool News again....
They put up something.. and it was taken down....
by the request of Sony.

It was Here, But now it's here!!

What are they?

Early designs of the major three baddies from Spidey 3,
Venom, Sandman and the dreaded..
Harry...the green surfer!!
(click em all... go ahead!)

Well, he looks kind of silly,
but I have complete faith in Sam Raimi..
so nuff said!!

The new Spider-man 3 Trailer will be on Thursday night primetime
on CBS and MTV!
I'm not sure what time on CBS,
but MTV will make you watch
'Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Duel' at 10 pm.
Casino Royale will also have the trailer on the big screen on November 17
and of course, you can just watch it on the web Thursday night at iFilm.

From Sony Pictures Entertainment:

Spider-Man fans will get a long-awaited sneak peek at Columbia Pictures' highly anticipated motion picture Spider-Man 3 when a new, full-length, two-and-a-half minute trailer debuts in a special unprecedented "road block" across Viacom Inc.'s brands and on the CBS Television Network on Thursday, November 9, at approximately 10:00 pm. Spider-Man 3, starring Tobey Maguire and directed by Sam Raimi, kicks off next summer's moviegoing season on May 4, 2007.

The television networks airing the new trailer include BET, CBS, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Spike TV and VH1, with each supporting the event with custom promotions both on-air and online. A total of 14 online destinations from Viacom's networks are supporting the airing of the trailer, including,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

Immediately following the television premiere, a high-definition version of the trailer will be available exclusively on MTV Networks'

In Spider-Man 3, based on the legendary Marvel Comics series, Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. As Spider-Man basks in the public's adulation for his accomplishments, Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. His newfound self-assuredness is jeopardized when he faces the battle of his life against two of the most feared villains ever, Sandman and Venom, whose unparalleled power and thirst for retribution threaten Peter and everyone he loves.