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'Spider-Man 3': To-pher, so good

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134240__sm_lBehold, the streets of New York run black with Venom: Spider-Man’s dark twin is on the loose, as these spy photos kinda revealingly sorta reveal.

You get some clear shots of That ’70s Show‘s Topher Grace as Spider-Man rival Eddie Brock, peroxided and pre-Venomous. And sharp-eyed viewers will even catch a glimpse of Peter Parker’s other big squeeze, Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her father, Captain George Stacy (James Cromwell).

The money shot, of course, is Parker himself, Tobey Maguire, his loosened top button revealing a tantalizing glimpse of the infamous black costume. Expect another angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin brouhaha over whether or not the alien “symbiote” that forms the suit should also morph into Peter’s street clothes, as in the comic. (Remember the great organic web-shooters debate? Ah, memories of geekfights past…) Tobey looks a might sweaty in the shot — perhaps his Venomwear is starting to get to him? (FYI, it’s trying to bond with him, just another reason to be wary of buying vintage.) Soon, it’ll be off his back and on Brock’s, setting up one of those oh-so-useful hero-villain dualities.

This link also stokes a bit of controversy over Topher — namely, is he the man for the job? Knowing little about this segment of the comic, I can’t really say. But I suspect y’all can…