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Last Updated: Monday, 16 April 2007, 12:50 GMT 13:50 UK
Spider-Man 3 premieres in Tokyo
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst
Maguire and Dunst play Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson
Film stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst have attended the world premiere of Spider-Man 3 in Tokyo, Japan.

The actors waved to hundreds of screaming fans as they walked down the red carpet in the drizzling rain.

Spider-Man 3 is rumoured to be the last film in the lucrative franchise, and introduces two new villains - Sandman and Venom.

The previous two instalments have taken more than $1.6bn (800m) at the global box office.

Sony Pictures has spent about $250m on the latest sequel, with a large proportion of the budget going towards special effects.

In the film, Peter Parker, played by Maguire, is finally enjoying life with the beautiful Mary Jane Watson when he discovers a mysterious black suit that enhances his power, but stirs hidden feelings of bitterness and revenge.

It kind of feels like a natural trilogy
Tobey Maguire
"I feel like this film is kind of a natural conclusion to a lot of stuff that's happened in the first two movies. It kind of feels like a natural trilogy," said Maguire at the premiere.

But the star did not rule out future films, saying he would don the spider suit again "if we come up with something we feel deserves to be told".

"I'm not going to make them just because they've been successful," he added.

Screaming fans

Maguire and Dunst were greeted with screams of "kawaii" (cute) by hundreds of young Japanese fans at an open-air event before the premiere.

They lined up on stage in the up-market Roppongi Hills area as a stuntman dressed as Spider-Man descended on a rope from above.

Maguire later named Tokyo as one of the few cities in the world where the comic book superhero could indulge his habit of swinging between skyscrapers.

"If we do a fourth movie, we might need Spider-Man to come to Tokyo," he said, prompting another round of enthusiastic screams.

Kirsten Dunst
The film is being released in China and Japan before the US
It is unusual for a Hollywood blockbuster to premiere in Tokyo, despite the fact Sony Pictures is a Japanese-owned company.

"Of course, we are looking to boost our proceeds in Japan," a Sony official in Tokyo told the AP news agency.

Last year, domestic films overtook Hollywood in revenue at the Japanese box office for the first time in 20 years thanks to a growing crop of high-quality Japanese productions.

But Spider-Man producer Avi Arad said his film was "made with the Japanese movie market in mind".

"Japanese viewers enjoy sophisticated movies with eye-opening action scenes," he told the Nikkei Business Daily newspaper.

"But it's also been proven that unless the story is good, the movie won't be accepted."

Spider-Man 3 will premiere in the UK on 23 April and at the Tribeca Film Festival in the US on 30 April.

It is released in Japan, China and selected European countries on 1 May and opens in the UK and US on 4 May.

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