Ever since it's release date was announced even before it's predecessor made it to theaters, Spider-Man 3 has been in the hearts and minds of comic book geeks everywhere.
Well, gang. We're at the home stretch. Only 4 more days until you can feast upon it's glory for yourselves.
Since I have now officially (unofficially) dubbed this week "Spider-Man week," you can expect a lot of talk about one of the most profitable (and most expensive) film franchises in history. In fact, can we talk about that for a second?
According to Radar Magazine, production of Spider-Man 3 cost north of $300 million and that marketing costs alone could cost anywhere from $150 to $200 million. Considering the wide variety of tie-in products on the shelves, this doesn't surprise me. I mean, why is Spider-Man on my box of Nilla Wafers? Whether or not there are any truth in the rumors, public perception is turning toward labeling Spider-Man "THE MOST EXPENSIVE MOVIE EVER MADE" and Sony (the distributor) is not keen on owning the dubious distinction. Maybe this is why the Playstation 3 was $600? To offset costs? There's actually a really funny fake trailer on YouTube right now that poses it's own theory as to how Spider-Man 2 will make it's money back - product placement.
All of this is just grist for the mill since Spider-Man 3 is pretty much bulletproof going into the summer blockbuster season. Audiences already seem pre-programed to this fact if current box office numbers are any indication. Disturbia was number one for the third week in a row, but pulling in onl $9 million. It's not surprising for a movie to do $9 million in it's third week. However it IS surprising that there hasn't been another film of any discernible quality to unseat it from the top spot. The Invisible came in second with $7.6 million. It all seems to speak to the larger idea that people are saving their money, staying home and waiting for Spider-Man 3 to land like the 900 pound gorilla we know it to be.
Regarding today's sketch, I was really proud of how the blue line pencils were turning out, so I decided not to ink it. I'm really happy with how it turned out. It's not a very dynamic pose, but it's serviceable. I hope you guys enjoy it. Be sure to come back to the site on Friday for a sketched (and inked - natch!) image of Venom. Of course, there will be more in-depth Spider-Man discussion throughout the week. If you have your own thoughts or want to share your excitement, please do so in the comments section. Heck, even if you want to share your apathy, it's an open forum. So let's discuss it!
And remember - new comics are now once a week each Wednesday. I'm pretty sure you can guess what this week's comic will be about.