Spider-Man 3

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Spider-Man 3 is the third of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films.

Peter Parker's life has finally reached success. New York doesn't seem to be gunning for him, he's with the girl of his dreams, and he's managing to balance his normal life with the life of Spider-Man. But his happy complacency is spoiled once Harry Osborn, having discovered Pete is Spider-Man, decides to take his father's Goblin serum and comes hunting for Peter. Meanwhile, escaped convict Flint Marko is turned into the shapeshifting Sandman after entering a particle accelerator, and is revealed to have been involved with the same criminal who killed Peter's Uncle Ben. As well, a mysterious alien organism crashes to Earth and bonds with Peter, enhancing his powers but also influencing his behavior for the worse. When this symbiote is abandoned, it finds refuge in a rival, Eddie Brock, Jr., who becomes the maniac Venom.

Tropes used in Spider-Man 3 include:
  • Action Survivor: Mary Jane in the final battle.
  • Advertised Extra: Venom, though a possible subversion as well. Venom was only in the movie for about ten minutes, but he surprisingly did a lot in ten minutes: He teamed up with Sandman and kidnapped Mary Jane, which led to Peter and Harry's reconciliation, which led to Harry's death, which led to Peter and Mary Jane's reconciliation. Basically, the plot couldn't have wrapped up without Venom taking action.
    • This really depends on whether you think of Venom as the combo of Eddie and the symbiote, or just the symbiote. From the idea that Venom is really the symbiote, only needing Eddie as a tool for revenge, then Venom has a lot of scenes, just no dialogue.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Harry.
  • Anti-Villain: Sandman, who became a criminal in order to steal money to save his sick daughter.
  • Bash Brothers
  • Big Damn Heroes
  • Big "Shut Up!": Harry to Peter after Peter tries to explain that he didn't kill Harry's father.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Leans more towards the positive side: Harry is dead, and Peter has to come to terms with having acted like a colossal jerk, but he's managed to overcome his dark side, forgiven the man who (accidentally) killed his uncle, and it's implied that his rocky relationship with Mary Jane will heal, and they'll be back together again.
  • Cannot Spit It Out
  • Chekhov's Gun: Peter discovers that amplified sound (i.e. standing next to a ringing church bell) disrupted the symbiote long enough for Peter to remove it. He uses the same tactic during the final battle.
  • Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Venom is never named at all.
  • Crowd Song
  • Deus Ex Machina: The butler suddenly revealing the true nature of Norman's death to Harry. Word of God states that he's a hallucination, representing Harry's good side..
  • Easy Amnesia
  • Evil Costume Switch
  • Evil Tastes Good: Harry gets a scene relating to this.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: One of the more common complaints about the movie was the fact that the presence of three major villains, each of whom has their own plot, as well as the romance plot, left the movie rather crowded.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: After Harry tells Peter that he's "The other guy":

Waitress: How's the pie?
Harry: So goood.