|Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film produced by Marvel Entertainment and Laura Ziskin Productions, and distributed by Columbia Pictures based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. It was directed by Sam Raimi and scripted by Sam and Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent. It is the third and final film in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, James Cromwell and Cliff Robertson in his final film appearance. While Peter Parker basks in his success as Spider-Man, Mary Jane Watson continues her Broadway career. Harry Osborn still seeks vengeance for his father’s death, and an escaped convict, Flint Marko, falls into a particle accelerator and is transformed into a shape-shifting sand manipulator. An extraterrestrial symbiote crashes to Earth and bonds with Peter, influencing his behavior for the worse. When Peter abandons the symbiote, it finds refuge in Eddie Brock, a rival photographer, causing Peter to face his greatest challenge.
Spider-Man 3 premiered on April 16, 2007 in Tokyo, and released in the United States in both conventional and IMAX theaters on May 4, 2007. Although the film received mixed to positive reviews from critics, in contrast to the highly positive reviews of its predecessor, it stands as the most successful film in the series worldwide, Marvel’s second most successful film, and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s highest grossing film to date. After the success of Spider-Man 3, Raimi was scheduled to direct the unproduced Spider-Man 4. However, disagreements between Sony and Raimi forced the director to leave the project, and Sony cancelled the film as a result. The film series was rebooted with The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and scheduled for release on July 3, 2012.
Spider-Man plans to propose to Mary Jane Watson, who has just made her Broadway musical debut. While Peter and Mary Jane are on a date in Central Park watching a meteor shower, a small meteorite crashes nearby. An extraterrestrial symbiote attaches itself to Peter’s moped. Elsewhere, escaped prisoner Flint Marko is pursued by the police. He climbs a security fence and falls into an experimental particle accelerator, which fuses his body with the surrounding sand. He finds he can shapeshift at will and becomes the Sandman. Peter’s best friend, Harry Osborn, who knows Peter is Spider-Man and believes that he is responsible for his father’s death, attacks Peter using new weapons based on his father’s Green Goblin technology. Harry injures his head on a pipe and suffers from partial amnesia, making him forget his revenge and that Peter is Spider-Man.
During a festival honoring Spider-Man, Sandman robs an armored car. NYPD Captain George Stacy, Gwen’s father, tells Peter and Aunt May that Ben Parker’s killer was Flint Marko, and that deceased Dennis Carradine was only an accomplice. Peter goes to bed planning revenge on Marko. While he is asleep, the alien symbiote bonds with him. Peter wakes up hanging from a skyscraper and discovers that his costume has changed and his powers have been enhanced, but the symbiote brings out the vengeful, selfish and arrogant side of Peter. Wearing the new black suit, Spider-Man locates Marko and fights him in a subway tunnel. He discovers that water is Marko’s weakness and uses a water pipe to reduce Sandman to mud.
Peter’s changed personality alienates Mary Jane, whose career is floundering, and she finds solace with Harry. Harry recovers from his amnesia and, urged on by an hallucination of his dead father, forces Mary Jane to break up with Peter. After Mary Jane tells Peter she loves somebody else, Harry meets with Peter and claims to be “the other guy”. Later, Peter, wearing the black suit, confronts Harry at his home. Disgusted by Harry thinking he killed his father, Peter finally tells Harry he is done covincing him and tells him that his father never loved him. Harry throws a pumpkin bomb at Peter, but he throws it back at Harry, disfiguring his face. Under the influence of the suit, Peter exposes Eddie Brock, a rival photographer, who has just gained celebrity status at the Daily Bugle by submitting doctored photographs showing Spider-Man as a criminal. Furious at having to print a retraction, J. Jonah Jameson fires Eddie. Peter changes his looks and behaves arrogantly. Meanwhile, the Sandman recovers from his injuries.
To make Mary Jane jealous, Peter brings Gwen to the nightclub where she works. Gwen catches on and storms out, leaving Peter to confront Mary Jane. As he is about to scold her, he gets into a fight with the bouncers and accidentally hits Mary Jane. Peter realizes the symbiote is changing him. He goes to a church bell tower to get rid of the suit, but is unable to remove it. The alien weakens as the church bells ring. Peter is able to tear the symbiote off and it falls to the lower tower, landing on Eddie Brock who is praying for Peter’s death. The symbiote attaches to him and completely overtakes him. Eddie, now transformed into Venom, finds Sandman and offers to join forces.
Eddie hijacks Mary Jane’s taxi cab and hangs it from a web hundreds of feet above a sand-filled construction site. Peter goes to Harry for help, but he refuses. Harry later learns the truth about his father’s death from his butler and decides to help Peter. Harry temporarily subdues a gigantic incarnation of the Sandman while Brock tries to impale Peter with Harry’s glider. Harry jumps in the way and is stabbed instead. During his fight with the symbiote, Peter recalls how the church bells weakened it. He grabs a number of pipes and creates a ring around the symbiote, creating a wall of sonic vibrations. The alien releases Eddie, and Peter uses his webbing to pull him from the creature. Peter throws a pumpkin bomb at the symbiote, but Eddie jumps back in to rebond with it, and both are destroyed by the blast.
Flint Marko tells Peter that he did not intend to kill Ben Parker, but only wanted his car, and shot him by accident when Dennis grabbed his arm. He claims that Uncle Ben’s death has haunted him ever since. Peter forgives Marko, who dissipates and floats away. Peter and Harry forgive each other before Harry dies with Mary Jane and Peter at his side. A few days later, Peter walks into the jazz bar where Mary Jane is singing. They embrace and begin dancing.