The trilogy seems to be a nice, round target for a movie franchise. Many of the top series (and a number of the not so top series, as well), have chosen to end their runs as three movie sets -- somehow it just seems right. Spider-Man, the exceptionally popular Marvel film franchise, is closing in on the release of the third film ... and rumor mongers, fans, and industry professionals alike have been hot to debate the future of Spider-Man in cinema. The Boston Herald caught up with Spidey star James Franco and ask him his thoughts about potential sequels, and he said ''I don't know, Tobey (Maguire), Kirsten (Dunst) and I all signed on for three movies, so this is the third one. I don't know how everyone feels about another one." Franco also said he'd be hesitant to see the franchise in the hands of a director other than Sam Raimi, and he'd be sad "in a way" if this was the last of the Spider-Man flicks.

Thoughts, Spider-fans? Would handing the franchise off to another director, even possibly with the same cast, be a death stroke for the franchise? Further, would the disappearance of Dunst and/or Franco really hurt the story, or could it survive without them? Perhaps, after all, this is why Gwen Stacy is being belatedly introduced to the cast of characters ...