Spidey faces the biggest threat yet in the latest installment of Sony/Columbia’s blockbuster Spider-Man franchise and fans will soon be able to own it on DVD, Blue-ray Disc and PSP UMD. Spider-Man 3 will be available in several versions including a single-disc release, a two-disc special edition and an HD three-pack featuring all three movies in the trilogy with collectible packaging. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will break it out on October 30.
Based on the Marvel Comics series created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man 3 finds Peter Parker finally striking a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero when his suit begins to change, giving him enhanced powers and a swollen ego. As he struggles with alterations in his own personality, he must also thwart the evil plans of Sandman and Venom, two of the most powerful members of the property’s rogue’s gallery.
Spider-Man 3 grossed $888 million worldwide during its theatrical run and is sure to be a swinging success on home video as well, especially with generous offering of extras. The two-disc Blu-ray version and the two-disc special edition DVD will feature more than six hours of all-new bonus materials, including a trio of featurettes spotlighting the work Sony Pictures Imageworks put into creating super villains Venom, Sandman and the new Green Goblin. Also included are a trio of features on the film’s spectacular stunts, a blooper reel, a Snow Patrol music video and two audio commentary tracks with cast and filmmakers.
With director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst likely to move on to other things, the future of Spidey on the big screen is uncertain. One thing fans can look forward to is a new animated series coming to Kids’ WB! on The CW. The Spectacular Spider-Man is slated to premiere in early 2008, picking up Marvel Comics’ Spidey mythology at the beginning of his hero’s journey. The show is being produced by Culver Ent., a Sony Pictures Television company, with Gary Wiseman (Gargoyles, The Batman) serving as supervising producer. Victor Cook (Hellboy: Blood and Iron) is producer/supervising director.