Sony, Marvel Talk Spider-Man 3

At a time when movie franchises automatically come in threes, it’s no surprise that Marvel is already baiting fans with talk of a third theatrical appearance from everybody’s favorite web slinger. According to Daily Variety, devoted Spidey followers can officially begin speculating about the plot of Spider-Man 3 even before a the Spider-Man 2 marketing web is fully spun.

Sony has reportedly begun development on Spider-Man 3 with the intent to release it in 2006 or 2007. Prospects look good for the return of director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire. Health issues associated with the strenuous demands of filming the Oscar-nominated Seabiscuit almost kept Maquire from reprising the role of Peter Parker in Spider-Man 2, but reports indicate that he is committed to at least completing the trilogy, especially since his salary reportedly rose from $4 million for the first pic to $17 million for the sequel.

Released over Labor Day weekend of 2002, the first Spider-Man opened to $115 million on its way to $800 million worldwide. The $200 million Spider-Man 2 hits theaters on July 2.