By Courtney Lear
LONDON, UK (Hollywood Today) 4/24/07 — Spidermania was in full-swing on Monday night for the London premiere of the much anticipated “Spider-man 3.” Hundreds of die-hard Spidey fans gathered in London’s Leister Square, some dressed as the web-slinger himself, to greet the film’s stars. Leading man, Tobey Maguire, made his appearance on the red carpet adorned with spider emblems, joined by many of his fellow stars including co-star Kirsten Dunst who made quite the commotion showing up with her new rock star boyfriend, Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell.
The dedication of fans, some who had lined up for hours, paid off when Maguire and Dunst stopped to greet dozens in the crowd. The stars were in Japan last Monday for the world premiere, and will fly to Italy on Tuesday for the third of nine premieres.
In the third Spiderman installment, Peter Parker, the humble persona of Spiderman, discovers a mysterious black suit that enhances his power, but unleashes a dark side, stirring up hidden feelings of bitterness and revenge.
Maguire told the BBC about his on screen character, “Peter Parker has been getting a lot of attention from the public, getting praised, and he is basking in the glory of being Spider-Man,” he said. “It turns into a certain level of arrogance and self-importance, which starts him on his journey to a darker side of himself.”
Other stars at the premiere included Rosemary Harris, who plays Aunt Mae, James Franco who plays Harry, and Topher Grace who stars as the villainous Venom.
The film cost almost $300 million to make, rumored to be the most expensive film ever made.
The original two films, directed by Sam Raimi, took a joint total of $1.6 billion at the box office.
With such previous success and a slew of fans that would ensure more to come, speculation about a fourth film has already begun. Maguire said he would not rule out appearing as the superhero again.
He said, “I would consider it if the script was right and the right cast was in place.”
The film is released in Japan, China and selected European countries on 1 May and opens in the UK and US on 4 May.