Top 10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Spider-Man 3

Time to rewind! How many of you felt that the 2007 release Spider-Man 3 was messy and the most terrible instalment of a famous franchise?    

I guess that was the common notion. With the spectacular success of 2002’s original Spider-Manmoviefollowed by the much-applauded 2004 sequel Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 could have had an easy win.  

But instead of being one of the greatest superhero movies ever, things went wrong. Well, that’s a different story altogether.  

Welcome to Watch Tank, and today we are counting down picks to reveal the top ten surprising things you didn’t know about the movie Spider-Man 3.  

The film featured stars like Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Rosemary Harris, and J. K. Simmons.  

Based shortly after the events of Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 had Peter Parker planning his future with Mary Jane Watson. Simultaneously, he integrates with an extra-terrestrial symbiote, churning out his anger while facing three villains like Flint Marko, who became the Sandman, Harry Osborn, and Eddie Brock, who turned into Venom after acquiring Peter’s symbiote. 

Do you remember the story? We got a flashback! Now, offscreen, we’re here to tell you the things you didn’t know about the movie. Up for some of them? Here you go.

Spider man in a spider pose
Spider-Man

Number 10: No washroom while wearing a Spidey-suit 

With the advancement of modern technology and CGIs, placing superhero costumes in mocap suits are a piece of cake these days. But back in 2007, actors were struggling hard with actual costumes. 

Just imagine, how would a person use the washroom while wearing a Spidey suit? Topher Grace, aka Eddie Brock, might have portrayed the cocky photographer for the first half of the film, but also turned into a full-on comic book villain, Venom.  

It seemed that the costume department didn’t show much mercy while creating the crawling alien suit and a slinky black number.  

Unable to sneak out of his suit for washroom breaks, Topher Grace reportedly refused to take any liquids before filming his Venom scenes because he feared having accidents. Poor soul! 

On second thought, did Topher Grace consider wearing a nappy even once? 

Number 9: Performing stunts while pregnant 

Apart from Maguire’s antics and Topher Grace’s shrieks, we loved the natural blonde hair and stunts of Spider-man’s legendary love, Gwen Stacy.  

The actor who portrayed the role, Bryce Dallas Howard, decided to perform her stunts all by herself to incorporate more drama. That included some pretty daring crane work during the shoot.  

It was fine and actually great that an actress was willing to perform stunts all by herself. But what if the lady is pregnant? Don’t look surprised, because Howard was indeed expecting child.  

Bryce revealed that she had discovered later that she was pregnant while filming her Stacy stunts. Her father revealed that Bryce got injured on the sets by a desk while falling out of the window. Thankfully and by God’s grace, her baby didn’t seem to have been affected by this accident.  

An actor’s life is not easy at all! 

Number 8: Venom’s Noise Is from a Tasmanian Devil 

The background scores and voices make up the essence of any movie, and makers can go to any extent to create the best atmosphere from them.  

The makers of Spider-Man 3 thought the same. Can you make a wild guess on the source of the Venom’s noise? Hold your breath! It was the noise of a Tasmanian devil.  

Director Raimi wanted this version of the symbiote to have a personality. So ultimately, crew members settled on the ravenous shrieks and roars of a hungry Tasmanian devil. 

The Venom noise was most heard when things came to a halt, and Peter confronted this demonic creature in the Church. With the bells ringing, the symbiote got separated from Parker with screams of pain that will forever haunt us—all thanks to the Australian animal. Goosebumps! 

Number 7: Recycling screams 

This might sound strange or funny, but Kirsten Dunst, aka Mary Jane Watson, was recognized for her loud screaming throughout the franchise  

Now in Spider-Man 3, after being kidnapped and battered by a multi-tentacled creature, this movie opened a whole new chapter of terror for Mary Jane. Forced to confront an alien symbiote, a jealous ex-boyfriend, and a walking sandcastle, you need not wonder why MJ kept making that odd scream.  

Talking about screams, the makers came up with a plan. Can you guess what? All of the MJ’s screams got recycled from Spider-Man 2. Dunst might have been suffering from a sore throat or she was just sick of screaming every day. Whatever the reason might be, the effect remained the same.  

Such creativity! 

Number 6: Sandman broke his three knuckles 

As a secondary villain in Spider-Man 3, Flint Marko, aka Sandman, gave quite a sympathetic performance.  

Although as told in the story, Marko and Parker eventually ended up on cordial terms, despite seeing them pit up against each other for most of the movie. Do you remember one of Sandman’s most memorable scenes from the movie? It was his fight with Peter Parker in the New York subway.  

Were you aware that Thomas Haden Church, the actor who played Sandman, broke three knuckles while filming the scene?  

As Marko threw a punch at Parker, he stroked across a brick wall. The production unit was supposed to place a fake brick, but they failed to do so. When Church turned around and punched, he discovered that it was real brick. Ouch! That must have hurt so much! 

Number 5: The casting that could have been 

No matter how much Bryce Dallas Howard nailed the role of Gwen Stacy, she was not Raimi’s primary choice for the role.  

Who else can you imagine playing Gwen? Reportedly, in the early casting stages, both Scarlett Johansson and Elisha Cuthbert were considered to play Ms. Stacy. While that could have been a nice casting choice, we still love Howard’s performance. 

Venom and Spider Man
Venom and Spider-Man

 Number 4:  The director didn’t want Venom 

As a secondary villain in Spider-Man 3, Flint Marko, aka Sandman, gave quite a sympathetic performance.  

Although as told in the story, Marko and Parker eventually ended up on cordial terms, despite seeing them pit up against each other for most of the movie. Do you remember one of Sandman’s most memorable scenes from the movie? It was his fight with Peter Parker in the New York subway.  

Were you aware that Thomas Haden Church, the actor who played Sandman, broke three knuckles while filming the scene?  

As Marko threw a punch at Parker, he stroked across a brick wall. The production unit was supposed to place a fake brick, but they failed to do so. When Church turned around and punched, he discovered that it was real brick. Ouch! That must have hurt so much! 

Number 3: The Sandman creation took three years to complete 

Just as we were impressed with Spider-Man 3 bringing Sandman on the big screen, the SFX team also deserves some praises for projecting him so well.  

For the CGI elements, the SFX team worked a stretch of three years to bring the technology to life. The team consulted sand sculptors, launched original sand at stuntmen, and also used an amputee boxer to give the illusion that Spider-Man had punched through Marko’s chest. 

Besides, the crew also used ground corn for the visual effect of the sand and for the way it showed up on camera. 

 Kudos to such a brilliant team! 

 Number 2: The production work began even before Spider-Man 2 was released

Basking on its predecessor’s glory, Spider-Man 3 began production even before Spider-Man 2 hit the big screens.  

Spider-Man 2 was released in June 2004, while tentatively, the third instalment had already started in March. Sony started ahead on full hype, and set the next movie for release on 2nd May 2007. Spider-Man 3’s actual release date was eventually moved by just two days to 4th May.  

When did you watch Spider-Man 3? 

We are still left with a few more facts.  

A family production  

Spider-Man 3 had the participation of all three Raimi brothers. Sam Raimi as the director, Ivan Raimi as one of the writers, and Ted Raimi portraying the role of Hoffman. Also, Emma Raimi, the girl who sold her camera to J. Jonah Jameson for $100, is Sam Raimi’s daughter. 

Movie with a codename 

To stop the movie from getting pirated, the makers delivered the movie to the UK cinemas under the code name “Back for more. Movie prints were delivered to some theatres with the codename “Let’s Dance Again.” 

Here’s number one before the curtain falls! 

Number 1: Left TV show for the movie 

Great things come at a great price, and the saying became true for Topher Grace. How? In order to play the iconic villain’s role in Spider-Man 3, he quit That ’70s Show (1998). 

It was a win for us, though, as we loved seeing him on both. What can you say? 

Spider-Man 3 was reportedly Sony’s most expensive film ever made in U.S. dollars, with a $250 million budget. With that, the movie also had the best per-theatre average at $34,807, the best among wide releases. Though plans couldn’t materialize for parts four, five, and six, Spider-Man 3 would always constitute a great part of our childhood.