Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The inner life of the super-villains

VenomJames Franco as New Goblin in Spider-Man 3, screenplay by Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi and
Alvin Sargent, story by Ivan Raimi, from the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

In The LA Times, Sheigh Crabtree reports on how the team behind the forthcoming Spider-Man 3 film, have tried to ensure that the audience will care about the villains as well as the hero.
"[Producer] Avi Arad said to me in one of our first meetings: 'In Marvel, there are no bad guys,' " [Topher] Grace [who plays Venom] explains. "I took it to mean that unlike other comic book companies, where someone falls into a vat of acid, then wants to rule the world, we can understand the source of their anger. Blurring that line can be a dangerous thing, but when it's done right it can also be a lot more rewarding for the audience."
Spider-Man 3 is released in the US and the UK on 4 May.

Update: thanks to Dan Owen (see comments) for a correction to the caption.

1 comment:

  1. That's not Topher Grace as Venom, it's the Green Goblin #2.


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