Sony Pictures released a new teaser image from the up-coming Spider-Man 3 movie yesterday which further adds fuel to the growing theory as started by Larry Young of the third Spidey flick featuring a clone storyline. Those with a long wall-crawling history will know of the convoluted history Spider-Man has with clones, going back to the original mid-70's storyline written by Gerry Conway and re-appearing in 1994 for a convoluted two year long Clone Saga storyline/mess. The 90's version is commonly considered the worst Spider-Man storyline ever written, and blamed by many industry pundits to be the straw that broke the horse's back and nearly put Marvel out of business in 1996.
So why do your friends at the Isotope think that Sony Pictures would dare do a clone storyline in their blockbuster Spider-Man 3? As they say, "Follow the Money!"
With star Tobey Maguire rumored to be tired of doing action movies and also commanding a massive paycheck for any future projects thanks to the success of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 and co-star Kirsten Dunst's statement regarding spider-flicks that "three's enough" Sony Pictures is in a tight spot for any upcoming additions to the franchise. And have even gone so far as to hire actress Bryce Dallas Howard to play Spidey's love-interest Gwen Stacy.
What does happen to the Spider-Man franchise when Toby and Kirsten leave? Will Sony Pictures choose to leave all those millions of dollars on the table by not making a fourth film? Or will they try their hand at the risky proposition of replacing their lead and hope they don't get the spectacular failure that the Batman franchise was? Or will they try something else? Something that the fans should have seen coming miles away, but didn't?
Fan speculation is hot on the mystery villain being Venom, but we don't think so. Certainly Venom would be a bankable baddie, but it would require some streamlining of the character's origin (which is almost as convoluted as the 90's clone storyline) and no one wants a redesign on Venom's already kick ass costume. And wouldn't it be smart money to save the fan-favorite character for the fourth Spidey flick, give your new lead actor an attendance bump with the comic fanbase?
So why has Sony chosen to confuse movie-going audience with an all-new Spidey costume? And speaking of confusing, why hire Topher Grace for an as-of-yet unannounced role when the guy bears so much physical resemblance to your lead? That would be stupid!