You know that it's almost summer because the ubiquitous presence of a blockbuster in the form of "Spider-Man 3" — much like the bad guys he pursues — cannot be escaped. The media and marketing blitz ensnares you in its own proverbial web. But even with all the hype, you won't be bothered by spending more than two hours watching him in the theater if your expectations are set at the proper level.
What hasn't changed? Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is the same likable nerd who lives in the same crummy apartment with a door that sticks, still loves aspiring actress Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), listens dutifully to his Aunt May (Rosemary Harris), and tries to convince his friend, Harry Osborn (James Franco), that he didn't kill Harry's father, a previous nemesis named the Green Goblin.
But Peter's desire to propose to Mary Jane will have to wait due to the untimely arrival of new distractions. The good one is Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard), an attractive part-time model who coincidentally is Peter's lab partner at school.