Spider-Man 3

introduces this striking new photo from Spider-Man 3, one that raises a lot of questions. According to the website, it’s not a black-and-white photo; rather, it depicts a charcoal-colored Spidey costume. (There’s an even bigger version of the image at MovieCityNews.)

As fans of the Spidey comics know, Spider-Man wore a black suit like this for a few years in the mid-1980s, only to learn that the costume was an alien parasite. When Peter Parker ditched it, the alien outfit found a new host, the villain Venom. Spider-Man director Sam Raimi has reportedly said that he dislikes the Venom character and would not include him in the 2007 sequel, but rumors that Topher Grace’s character is, in fact, Venom have been dropped by Variety and by costar Kirsten Dunst. (Distributor Sony has kept mum regarding Grace’s role.)

So what does the picture tell us? Is that Tobey Maguire in the shot, or Grace? Was Raimi planting a red herring? And is black the new red-and-blue? What say you, PopWatchers?

Spider-Man 3
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