Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 3

I have to hand it to Spider-Man ... That web-slinging S.O.B. really knows how to steal another superhero's thunder. On the eve of the release of Bryan Singer's summer movie masterpiece 'Superman Returns,'Apple.com just premiered the brand-new teaser trailer for Sam Raimi's'Spider-Man 3' -- which doesn't even open until May 4, 2007. While it pains me to deflect any attention away from the Man of Steel, this trailer really is worth it.

*TRAILER SPOILER ALERT* I'm about to divulge some of the juicy stuff contained in the teaser. So if you don't want the surprise ruined for you, skip to the end of this post, watch the trailer now and then come back and read the rest of the post afterward. See, that was easy.

Now that that's out of the way, here's what this sweet little clip told us about Spider-Man's next amazing adventure ...

1) Tobey Maguire is back as Peter Parker/Spidey. This time around, however, the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man might not be so friendly -- and he wears the creepy black suit and sports circa-1985 skateboarder hair to prove it.

2) In addition to the whole man-vs.-himself confilict Spidey's got going on, he'll be battling at least a trifecta of villains. The first is a cool-looking and rather large man made of sand and appropriately named Sandman (Thomas Hayden Church). The second is a Spider-Man doppelganger named Venom (Topher Grace). And the third is Peter Parker's erstwhile best bud Harry Osborn (James Franco), here taking over the reins of the family business to become Hobgoblin.

3) There may be trouble in paradise for Peter and his until-now eternal flame Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Peter, MJ, Harry and newcomer Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard) appear to have themselves a love square going on, judging by the shot of MJ carressing Harry's forehead ever so gently and another of Peter doing the tango with Gwen.

4) This flick is going to be darker than it's two predecessors. So go ahead, watch the trailer and let your Spidey senses get all tingly-like -- even if the movie doesn't come out for almost a year.

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