By Fred Topel | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
While most of the Spider-Man cast and crew are contemplating Spider-Man 4, James Franco is pretty sure that Spider-Man 3 is it for him. With Harry Osborn becoming the new Green Goblin and finally having it out with Peter Parker, there's nowhere else for him to go.
Franco Sticking With Three Spider-Man's
"I think it’s perfectly wrapped up," said Franco. "I mean Harry’s major conflict through all the films is between his loyalty to his father and his loyalty to Peter and the friendship with Peter. He goes trough different developments. First he decides he’s going to avenge his father then finds out that the person that killed his father is his best friend, and he has to work through that and now he’s decided that he’s going to kill his best friend regardless of their friendship. And once that’s resolved in this film, and you know Harry struggles as well in this film, I don’t see that there’s a lot more for Harry to do that could start a new arc. That’s really been the arch for all three films. That’s been his path."
Spider-Man 3 is full of epic battles, including the televised glider chase between Harry and Peter, a brutal fistfight in Harry's mansion and a four-way finale with all the super powered characters going at it. But Spider-Man movies have always been about the characters, thanks to Sam Raimi.
"The way he works with the actors on these films is he’ll bring them in before the movie and we’ll go over the scenes and really talk about them and do a lot of rewriting, which is very rare on movies, at least the ones I’ve worked on. There’s a lot of responsibility put on the actors to make sure that their roles are being portrayed properly and that the arcs work. So he gave me a lot more responsibility on the second and especially on the third. I remember after the second one premiered, that was like a year or so before we started filming the third one, and we’d meet and talk about the character and he’d let me help him develop the character and it’s helped."
With actors contributing to their characters, rehearsal is vital to the creative process. "Another thing we do is even after the scripts written and we’re shooting, there’s still so much discussion, especially Tobey loves to go over things and really make it perfect. And there’s some days when we’d be on the set and we had a release date before we started filming and so the script wasn’t perfect. And so I remember sitting on set for a couple scenes and they weren’t ready and so it would just be Tobey, Sam and I sitting on a couch in the middle of the set and camera crew and effects crew and everybody would just sitting around doing nothing because we were just working out the scene. It might be indulgent but I think it was necessary. They really wanted to get it right."