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The New Spider-Man

Published July 28, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
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Don’t worry, they haven’t brought in Jake Gyllenhaal. Tobey Maguire still plays the webslinger, but Spider-Man 3 promises a somewhat different Peter Parker. Before showing footage of next summer’s tentpole film at Comic-Con, Tobey Maguire talked to press about the capper to the trilogy.

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For starters, as the teaser poster already revealed, we know Spidey wears the dark suit this time. That’s not that different for Maguire. “[It’s] pretty much the same,” he said. “I mean, what it feels like, the material’s similar. I think it’s probably a little sleeker and sexier, you know, kind of more like me in real life.”

The costume, teaser footage and the fact that at least three villains are trying to kill him seem to indicate a nastier, more visceral Spidey. Maguire was vague about his new personality. “It was just because we’ve gone into some different areas that it was new and fun for me without losing touch with who Peter is. So I really enjoyed the things that I got to do in the movie.”

Anyone who’s read some of the classic Spider-Man comics knows how dark he could be, but Maguire keeps the movies separate. “I haven’t thought about it like that. I didn’t really read those comics. I mean I read a few years of them from the ‘60’s and I didn’t really read them quite like that.”


For Maguire, the focus was to keep Peter Parker consistent with the previous two films. “There’s obviously a continuity of character that you have to keep up. Peter Parker is Peter Parker and so it’s important to not just try to like create new kind of things for Peter just for the sake of that. I don’t necessarily want to see the same scenes played out and Peter going through the same kind of things that he’s gone through, so I think that Alvin [Sargeant] and the other people who had input into Peter’s story and what Peter’s going through in this movie did a fantastic job. As an actor, for me there was nothing stale about it. I got to approach it and got to do like brand new, really fun, interesting things for myself. And in terms of what the specifics of that are, you know, you’ll see when you check out the movie.”

Spider-Man 3 comes to theatres on May 4th, 2007.

For the teaser trailer, posters and more movie info, go to the Spider-Man 3 Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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