CAMEO(Christopher Young): the conductor and the guy standing next to the piano player at Mary Jane Watson's rehearsal scene.
Ground corn was used as sand because it reflected well on camera.
According to composer Christopher Young, the Sandman's theme was composed with two contrabass saxophones, two contrabass clarinets, two contrabrass bassoons and eight (very low) French horns to describe Sandman as "heavy and aggressive." Venom's theme was meant to make him sound "vicious and demonic" and used eight French horns.
In Harry's lab, his father's Green Goblin mask is seen as well as a gold Goblin mask. In the comics, Hobgoblin wears a yellow Goblin mask.
The alien symbiont's main weakness is that it is susceptible to high ultra-sonic sounds. This weakness is also shared by Daredevil, another Marvel Comics character.
Originally, director Sam Raimi vehemently opposed having Venom as a villain in the film, claiming he hated Venom's "lack of humanity," but Marvel producer Avi Arad convinced him to include the character, explaining that Venom had a strong worldwide following. Raimi eventually came to appreciate the character, based on writer Alvin Sargent's script and actor Topher Grace's performance. However, to keep Venom's appearance a secret, he claimed during the film's casting and production that he hated the character, and had no intention of including the character in this film or any subsequent sequels. To make amends, he then treated the audience at the 22 July 2006 San Diego Comic-Con to the first public images of Venom in the film, albeit with unfinished special effects.
Sam Raimi stated in an interview that he has no interest of seeing Carnage in a live action movie, as he said that about Venom. However, he said that Toxin would make a cameo in future Spider-Man movies, without Carnage.
In a fight scene where Spider-Man punches through Sandman's chest, congenital amputee boxer Baxter Humby took Tobey Maguire's place in filming the scene. Humby, who was born without his right hand, helped deliver the intended effect of punching through Sandman's chest.
Venom is never referred to as Venom. Sandman is only called Sandman once - during a newscast sequence near the film's climax. New Goblin is never called New Goblin - the closest this comes to happen is Peter calling him "Goblin Jr."
Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire were the driving forces that got Sandman into this film. During press interviews for the first two Spider-Man films, Raimi and Maguire repeatedly mentioned Sandman as a villain they would like to see in a future sequel.
Is the only Spider-Man movie to not have a version of the classic Spider-Man (1967) theme play over the end credits.
The name of the character who replaces MJ in the play is Andrea Rubin; Sam Raimi's sister is named Andrea.
According to Grant Curtis, in early production the Vulture was originally going to be in the movie, and Ben Kingsley was involved in negotiations to play him before the character's story line was replaced by Venom.
The font of Venom's web message is the same font used for the title of the comic, Sensational Spider-Man.
Prints were delivered to some theaters under the codename "Let's Dance Again".
During the celebration scene the band plays an alternate rendition of the Spider-Man (1967) TV show theme while Spider-Man ascends to the stage.
The animators at Sony Pictures Imageworks based Venom's movements on big cats like tigers, panthers and cheetahs.
Spider-Man 3 combines all three Raimi brothers. Sam Raimi as the director, Ivan Raimi as one of the writers and Ted Raimi as an actor in the role of Hoffman.
Phil Saunders, one of the art crew members, says that production designer Neil Spisak was let go just a few weeks into principal photography. J. Michael Riva was subsequently hired for the remainder of principal filming and re-shoots. However, both Spisak and Riva are credited in the main titles sequence.
The font used for the posters of the play Mary Jane appears in, was originally designed for the first Fantastic Four logo.
The movie had the best per-theater average ($34,807) ever among wide releases.
During breaks in filming, 'James Franco' read works by William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer and John Milton (II).
Bryce Dallas Howard performed her own stunts during the crane accident scene, unaware that she was pregnant at the time of filming.
Opened in 4,252 theaters, more than any other movie before, beating out the former record-holder Shrek 2 which opened in 4,223 theaters. The record was then beaten by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which opened in 4,362 theaters in the US.
The release date for the film was set before Spider-Man 2 was even released.
CAMEO(Stan Lee): the man who tells Peter how great Spider-Man is.
Release prints were delivered to theaters in three parts, each with a fake title. Reels 1, 3, 5, "Two Timing Friend". Reels 2 and 4, "Back for More". Reels 6 and 7, "Listening Heart".
In the comics, the symbiote was a flowing sentient liquid ooze. Sam Raimi was very clear on the film's portrayal of the symbiote: he wanted it to have character, but not to resemble a spider or octopus. As portrayed in the film, it possesses a webbing form (it was composed of many separate CGI threads) that gives it a sense of life and an appearance of gripping onto someone's body.
While Topher Grace was a big comic book fan and had read the first Venom stories as a boy, he found the suit he had to wear as Venom extremely unpleasant. It took an hour to put on (and four hours to apply the prosthetics); and it had to be constantly smeared with goo to give it a liquid organic feel. Grace also had to wear fangs, which bruised his gums.
CAMEO(Emma Raimi): The girl who sells her camera to J. Jonah Jameson for $100 is Sam Raimi's daughter.
The film's translation in Russia is "Spider-Man 3: Enemy in the Reflection"
The photograph of Mary Jane next to Peter's police scanner is the picture he took of her at the science exhibit in Spider-Man.
After Peter tells Mr. Ditkovitch that he'll get his rent when he fixes the door, and goes to the window, on the bookcase next to the window is a book "Jekyll and Hyde" (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson), a story of man's duality, much like Peter Parker in this movie.
It took three years to create the visual effects required to portray the Sandman's powers. To understand the dynamics of sand, various experiments were conducted with sand (launching sand at stunt men, splashing the stuff around and pouring it over ledges). Sand sculptors were also consulted for advice.
DIRTRADE(Sam Raimi): [Campbell] Bruce Campbell, who appears in most Raimi films, plays the French waiter.
As of 2008, this is the most successful film domestically in the U.S. not to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Eddie's line - "My spider-sense is tingling... if you know what I'm talking about!" - when referring to MJ, was Topher Grace's idea.
During Stan Lee's cameo in the film, he uses the catch phrase "'nuff said", which he used frequently in the comics to end short editor's notes inside the panels.
On May 4th, 2007, while promoting the film on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Thomas Haden Church revealed that he broke three knuckles during the subway scene where he swings to punch Spider-Man and ends up punching a chunk of the wall away. Church said that the effects crew had told him that the brick in the middle was fake while the upper and lower ones were real. Unfortunately, the foam brick had not actually been put in place yet, and when Sam Raimi yelled 'action', Church spun around and punched the real brick on the first take.
During one of the scenes in Jameson's office, a newspaper in the background says "Doc Ock Still at Large".
Composer Danny Elfman does not return to provide the musical score for this film, citing creative differences with director Sam Raimi over the previous film. Instead, Christopher Young composes the film's score. In December 2006, however, producer Grant Curtis announced that Elfman had begun collaborating with Young on the film's score music. Interestingly, Elfman turned down this film for Charlotte's Web, which is about a spider who uses her talents to do good.
The character of Eddie Brock/Venom, as portrayed in this film, is an amalgamation of his "Amazing Spider-Man" (an obsessive journalist) and "Ultimate" (a skinny young man with a crush on Gwen Stacy) versions. This was done to present Eddie Brock as a shadowy reflection of Peter Parker (which shows that Peter Parker, when affected by the symbiote, starts to act like Eddie).
The film's IMAX screenings reached $20 million in 30 days, faster than any other 2D film remastered in the format.
While being in the Venom costume, Topher Grace didn't drink any water during his breaks because he couldn't use the bathroom with his costume on.
To prepare for his role as the Sandman, Thomas Haden Church worked out for 16 months, losing ten pounds of fat and gaining 28 pounds of muscle. He based his performance on misunderstood monsters, like Gollum, Frankenstein's monster and King Kong.
The name of the character Mr. Ditkovitch clearly recalls the name of the co-creator of Spiderman, Steve Ditko.