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Thursday 25th March, 2004
Even before comic book hero Spider-Man can weave his crime-fighting web in movie cinemas for a second time (June 30/US. July 16/UK), Sony Pictures Entertainment on Wednesday set a May 2007 launch date and star lineup for "Spider-Man 3."
Returning for a third film in the hit series will be Tobey Maguire as the man with the powers of a super spider and Kirsten Dunst as his love interest, Mary Jane Watson.

Sam Raimi will be back to direct, Sony Pictures Entertainment Vice Chairman Jeff Blake said here at the ShoWest convention for movie theater owners.

Blake added that Sony is "so excited" about "Spider-Man 2," the sequel to the 2002 box office smash "Spider-Man," that it is debuting the second film on June 30 this year, two days earlier than planned.

"Spider-Man" remains the record holder for the biggest box office debut over a three-day weekend with just under $115 million in domestic ticket sales. Overall in 2002, it took in about $800 million worldwide.

The film studio gave ShoWest audiences their first glimpse of "Spider-Man 2," and as promised it comes with all the action, romance and even the heartbreak of the first film.

"We set out to make a movie that had the excitement, humor and the humanity of the first movie -- times two," said producer Laura Ziskin.

In "Spider-Man 2," the superhero battles a new nemesis Dr. Otto Octavius, a.k.a. Doc Ock (Alfred Molina ). Ock's four mechanical appendages give him superpowers, too, but unlike Spider-Man, Ock's heart is cold and hard.

Along with fighting his rival, Spider-Man's alter ego, Peter Parker, battles personal demons and deals with his love for Watson. In one revealing clip shown on Wednesday, Parker gives up his Spider suit in search of true love.

But don't mistake "Spider-Man 2" for all romance because the comic hero wrestles with Ock high atop city skyscrapers and inside rushing subway trains.

If "Spider-Man" fans can't wait for June's "Spider-Man 2" or, for that matter, the May 4, 2007, debut of "Spider-Man 3," then Sony promises to have their newest promotional clips in cinemas by next month.

"You mean we gotta hang around for another 3 years""

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