Yes, what is next??!?!

‘Superman Returns” and “The Devil Wears Prada” finally open in theaters this week, and you know what that means – the hype machine kicks in for the next blockbusters.
The Internets are panting already over trailers for two sure-to-be hits – “Spider-Man 3” and “Snakes on a Plane” – that were released online.
“Spider-Man” is a smash, the perfect appetizer for geeks waiting until “Superman” rolls. It’s also amazingly early – “Spider-Man” is filming in New York now, and doesn’t come out until May 2007.
Fans of Spider-Man will dissect every image in the thrilling tease, finding scenes that do and don’t match the comics. (Stop reading here if you don’t want to be spoiled).
The most obvious new “character” is the black suit, which in the comic is an alien entity that attaches to Peter Parker and starts to influence him in evil ways. Parker fights back against the suit in a climatic scene in a church bell tower, since the alien is sensitive to high-pitched noises. It’s unclear whether the black suit is an extraterrestrial here (I’m betting it’s some kind of nanotechnology, or other scientific explanation), but director Sam Raimi seems to have copied the clock-tower scene.
In the comics, the black suit later attaches itself to Eddie Brock, a rival of Parker at the Daily Bugle. He becomes the villain Venom, basically an evil Spider-Man. It’s unclear whether this happens in the film, though Brock is here, in the form of Topher Grace.
Also glimpsed: Following up on the final scenes of “Spider-Man 2,” Harry Osborn apparently has taken the mantle of the Green Goblin and is flying around on that glider; Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard), who was Parker’s first girlfriend in the comics, is providing a little romantic tension to mess with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst); and Thomas Haden Church gets some very cool special effects as the villain Sandman.
“Snakes on a Plane”, unfortunately, doesn’t pack as much bite. Reports are that the film studio, New Line, worried that buzz for the film was peaking too early and that when it actually opens – on Aug. 18 – no one will care. Looks like they may be right.
The trailer is a by-the-numbers thriller (“snakes aren’t the most dangerous thing on this plane”), without any of the funny provided by countless online parodies. I would have preferred one Web wit’s tagline: “If the food doesn’t kill you, the snakes will.”
Still, it’s snakes on a *&%ing plane with Samuel L. Jackson. Chances are moviegoers will know what’s good, even if the marketing department doesn’t.