Spider-Man (2002 film)

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Spider-Man is a 2002 film based on the eponymous Marvel comic. It stars Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe and explains the story of Peter Parker's struggle to balance between his normal life and his life as Spider Man. This movie is released theaters May 3, 2002 in United States.

Written by David Koepp. Directed by Sam Raimi.
With great power comes great responsibility.

Peter Parker / Spider-Man[edit]

  • [first words of the movie] Who am I? You sure you wanna know? The story of my life is not for the faint of heart.
  • [after Norman suggests they be like father and son] I have a father. His name was Ben Parker.
  • [letting robber get away] I missed the part where that's my problem.
  • [confronting the carjacker who killed his Uncle Ben] [Carjacker: Don't hurt me. Just give me a chance. Just give me a chance!] What about my uncle? Did you give him a chance? Did you?! Answer me!
  • [Trying to figure out how to shoot webs] Go web! Fly! Up, up, and away web! Shazaam! Go! Go! Go web go! Tally ho.
  • [Spider-Man saves Mary-Jane at the World Unity Festival] Well, beats taking the subway. Don't mind us. She needs to use the elevator.
  • I'm gonna get you out of here! It's okay! [Green Goblin punches Spider-Man through burning walls] [Green Goblin: You're pathetically predictable. Like a moth to the flame. What about my generous proposal? Are you in or are you out?] It's you who's out, Gobbie; Out of your mind. [Green Goblin: Wrong answer!] [sarcastically] Oh, great.
  • [while fighting Bonesaw McGraw] [Bonesaw McGraw: What are you doing up there?!] Staying away from you. That's a cute outfit. Did your husband give it to you?
  • [last words of the movie] Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: "With great power comes great responsibility." This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man.
  • [from trailer] Not everyone is meant to make a difference. But for me, the choice to live an ordinary life is no longer an option.

Norman Osborn / Green Goblin[edit]

  • Sorry I'm late. Work was murder.
  • I know this has been a difficult time for you, but I want you to try to enjoy this day. Commencement: the end of one thing, the start of something new.
  • Back to formula?
  • OUT, AM I?!
  • [last words] Peter? Don't tell Harry.
  • [after blocking Spider-Man's Punch] Impressive!
  • [Spraying Spider-Man with Knockout Gas] Sleeeeeep!
  • Misery, misery, misery, that's what you chosen. I offered you friendship, and you spat in my face.
  • We'll meet again, Spider-Man!
  • Jameson, you slime! Who's the photographer takes the picture of Spider-Man?
  • You're lying!
  • He's the one who can bring me to him.
  • You are useless.
  • Speak of the devil.
  • Sleep.
  • No one says "No!" to me!
  • Follow the cold shiver running down your spine.
  • Can Spider-Man come out to play?
  • [singing] The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout. Down came the Goblin and took the spider out!
  • Spider-Man! This is why only fools are heroes - because you never know when some lunatic will come along with a sadistic choice!
  • [to his son Harry, about Mary Jane] Harry, please. Look at her. You think a woman like that's sniffing around because she likes your personality? Your mother was beautiful too, they're all beautiful - until they're snarling after your trust fund like a pack of ravening wolves!
  • Make your choice, Spider-Man, and see how a hero is "rewarded". [Spider-Man: Don't do it, Goblin!] We are who we choose to be. Now choose! [Spider-Man: [alarmed] NO!]
  • A word to the not-so-wise about your little girlfriend: do what you need to with her, then broom her fast!
  • You've spun your last web, Spider-Man. Had you not been so selfish, your little girlfriend's death would have been quick and painless, but now that you've really pissed me off, I'm gonna finish her nice and slow. M.J. and I, we're gonna have a hell of a time!
  • 40,000 years of evolution and we've barely even tapped the vastness of human potential.
  • I am going to rectify certain inequities.
  • Godspeed, Spider-Man.
  • The one thing they love more than a hero is to see a hero fail, fall, die trying. In spite of everything you've done for them, eventually, they will hate you.
  • Harry tells me you're quite the science whiz. You know, I'm something of a scientist myself.

Mary Jane "M.J." Watson[edit]

  • He's saved my life twice and I've never even seen his face.
  • Do I get to say thank you this time?
  • I better run, tiger.
  • They said I needed acting lessons. A soap opera told me.

Harry Osborn[edit]

  • [Spider-Man lays Norman's dead body on the bed] What have you done? [angrily] WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!
  • One day, Spider-Man will pay, I swear on my father's grave, Spider-Man will pay.

Ben Parker[edit]

  • With great power, comes great responsibility.

J. Jonah Jameson[edit]

  • If we can get a picture of Julia Roberts in a thong, we can certainly get a picture of this weirdo! Put it up on the front page: "Cash Money For a Picture of Spider-Man!" He doesn't wanna be famous? Then I'll make him infamous!
  • No jobs! Freelance! Best thing in the world for somebody your age. You bring me some more pictures of that newspaper-selling clown, maybe I'll take 'em off your hands. But I never said you have a job! Meat. I'll send you a nice box of Christmas meat, it's the best I can do. Get out of here. Bring me more photos.
  • They're crap. Crap, crap, mega crap. I'll give you $200 for all of 'em.
  • "Who is Spider-Man?" He's a criminal, that's who he is! A vigilante! A public menace! What's he doing on MY front page?

Bonesaw McGraw[edit]

  • [Ring Announcer: ARE YOU READY FOR MORE?!] [take microphone] Bonesaw is ready!
  • [Peter Parker: Hello? Guys?] [Ring Announcer: Will the guards please lock the cage doors at this time?] [Peter Parker: Hey, listen! It's some kind of mistake! I didn't sign up for a cage match! Hey! Unlock the thing! Take the chain off!] Hey, freak show! You're goin' nowhere! I got you for three minutes! Three minutes of playtime.


[first lines]
Peter Parker: Who am I? You sure you want to know? The story of my life is not for the faint of heart. If somebody said it was a happy little tale...if somebody told you I was just an average ordinary guy, not a care in the world...somebody lied. But let me assure you: This, like any story worth telling, is all about a girl. That girl. The girl next door. Mary Jane Watson. The woman I've loved since before I even liked girls. [referring to Flash Thompson sitting next to her] I'd like to say that's me sitting next to her. [referring to an overweight kid in front of them messily eating a jelly doughnut] Aw, heck, I'd even take him. [he and the other kids see a nerdy Peter running along the bus, asking to stop] That's me.

Harry Osborn: [to driver in Rolls Royce] Uh, hey, could you drive us around the corner, please?
Norman Osborn: [sitting next to Harry] Why? The entrance is right there.
Harry: Dad, these are public school kids. I'm not showing up for a field trip in a Rolls.
Norman: What, so you want me to just trade in my car for a Jetta just because you flunked out of every private school I ever sent you to?
Harry: It wasn't for me.
Norman: Of course it was. Don't ever be ashamed of who you are.
Harry: I'm not ashamed of who I am. It's just...
Norman: Just what, Harry?
Harry: Forget it.

Ben Parker: Hey, listen, Pete, we need to talk.
Peter: We can talk later.
Ben: We can talk now... if you'll let me.
Peter: Well, what's so important? Why do we need to talk now?
Ben: Because we haven't talked for so long, your Aunt May and I don't even know who you are anymore: You've shirked your chores, you have all those weird experiments in your room, you start fights at school–
Peter: I didn't start that fight, I told you that.
Ben: Well, you sure as Hell finished it.
Peter: What was I supposed to do, run away?
Ben: No, you're not supposed to run away, but– Pete, look, you're changing. I know, I went through exactly the same thing at your age.
Peter: No. Not exactly.
Ben: Peter… these are the years when a man changes into the man he's going to be for the rest of his life. Just be careful who you change into. This guy, Flash Thompson, he probably deserved what happened… but just because you can beat him up, doesn't give you the right to. Remember, with great power... comes great responsibility.
Peter: Are you afraid that I'm gonna turn into some kind of criminal? Quit worrying about me, okay? Something's different. I'll figure it out. Quit lecturing me, please.
Ben: I don't mean to lecture, and I don't mean to preach. And I know I'm not your father-
Peter: Then stop pretending to be!

Ring Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Bonesaw McGraw! [the crowd cheers and two spectators move their cardboard saws back and forth against their arms] For $3000...is there no one here man enough to stay in the ring for three minutes with this titan of testosterone? [the crowd cheers as Bonesaw McGraw's girls are adoring him] WHOOOOOO?! I know who. The Flying DUTCHMAAAN! [The crowd boos]

Bonesaw McGraw: Next victim!
Ring Announcer: [to crowd] ARE YOU READY FOR MORE?!
McGraw: [takes microphone] Bonesaw is READY!
Man in Crowd: Oh, yeah!
[crowd cheers]
Ring Announcer: Will the next victim please enter the arena at this time? If he can withstand just 3 minutes in the cage with Bonesaw McGraw, the sum of $3,000 will be paid to– What's your name, kid?
Peter: The Human Spider.
Ring Announcer: "The Human Spider"? That's it, that's the best you got?
Peter: Yeah.
Ring Announcer: Oh, that sucks. The sum of $3,000 will be paid to...the terrifying, the deadly, the amazing SPIDER-MAN! [the curtains open up, revealing Peter in his homemade Spider-Man costume as the crowd jeered at him]
Peter: My name's "The Human Spider".
Guy: I don't care, get out there.
Peter: No, he got my name wrong! I'm tellin' you-!
Guy: [pushes Peter out of the door] Get out there, you moron!

Promoter: [after he gives Peter a $100 bill] Now get outta here.
Peter: $100? The ad said $3,000.
Promoter: Check it again, web-head. It said "$3,000 for three minutes", and you pinned him in two. For that, I give you $100, and you're lucky to get that.
Peter: I need that money.
Promoter: I missed the part where that's my problem.
[Peter leaves with the $100 bill and a carjacker enters with an empty bag and throws it at the promoter]
Promoter: Hey, what the hell-!?
Carjacker: [draws his pistol] Put the money in the bag. Hurry up! [hits the promoter hard with his pistol, puts all the money in the bag, and ran out]
Promoter: Hey! He stole the gate!
Cop: Stop that guy!
Promoter: Stop him! He's got the money!
[the carjacker quickly enters the elevator that Peter was about to use]
Carjacker: [to Peter] Thanks!
Cop: What the hell's the matter with you? You let him go! [to the other cops] Cut him off from the lobby and the call the cops!
Promoter: You could've taken that guy apart. Now he's gonna get away with my money!
Peter: I missed the part where that's my problem.

Peter: I miss him a lot today.
May Parker: I know. I miss him too, but... he was there.
Peter: I can't help thinking about... the last thing I said to him. He tried to tell me something important, and I threw it in his face.
May: You loved him. And he loved you. He never doubted the man you'd grow into; how you were meant for great things. You won't disappoint him.

Peter Parker/Spider-Man: [saves Mary Jane] Well, beats taking the subway. Don't mind us, she just needs to use the elevator.
Mary Jane Watson: Wait. Who are you?
Peter/Spider-Man: You know who I am.
Mary Jane "M.J." Watson: I do?
Spider-Man: Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!

[Norman was drinking a cup of whiskey when he heard an evil laughter echoing around him]
Norman: Somebody there?
Green Goblin: Somebody.
Norman: Who said that?
Green Goblin: Don't play the innocent with me. You've known all along.
Norman: Where are you?
Green Goblin: Follow the cold shiver running down with spine.
[Norman searched wildly around his collection of masks in source of the voice]
Green Goblin: I'm right here!
[Norman turned around at the mirror, looking at his reflection]
Norman: I don't understand.
Green Goblin: Did you think it was coincidence? So many good things all happening for you. ALL for you... Norman.
Norman: What do you want?
Green Goblin: To say what you won't. To do what you can't. To remove those in your way.
Norman: [looking at the newspaper] The Board Members.. You've killed them.
Green Goblin: WE killed them!
Norman: We?
Green Goblin: Remember... your little accident in the laboratory?
Norman: The performance enhancers.
Green Goblin: Bingo. Me! Your greatest creation. Bringing you what you've always wanted. Power beyond your wildest dreams and its only the beginning. There's only one who could stop us. Or imagine if he could joined us. [laughing evilly]

J. Jonah Jameson: Spider-Man. And the Green Goblin. "The Green Goblin." You like that?
Peter: Mr. Jameson–
Jameson: Made it up myself. These weirdos all got to have a name now.
Peter: Mr. Jameson, Spider-Man–
Jameson: [picks up phone] Hoffman!
Hoffman: Yeah?
Jameson: [sees Hoffman in the office, and hangs up the phone.] Call the patent office, copyright the name "Green Goblin". I want a quarter every time somebody says it.
Hoffman: How about "Green Meanie"? [Jameson makes a "get out" hand gesture]
Peter: Spider-Man wasn't attacking the city, he was trying to save it. That's slander.
Jameson: It is not. I resent that. Slander is spoken. In print, it's libel.
Peter Parker: You don't trust anybody, that's your problem.
Jameson: I trust my barber. What are you, his lawyer? Get outta here. [throws his cigar out the window] Let him sue me, get rich like a normal person. That's what made this country– (Huh?) [his cigar is thrown back in the window, lands in from of him, and the Green Goblin bursts through the The Daily Bugle window] (What the–?!)
Green Goblin: [grabbing Jameson by the throat] Jameson, you slime! Who's the photographer who takes the pictures of Spider-Man?
Jameson: I don't know who he is! His stuff comes in the mail!
Green Goblin: You're lying!
Jameson: I swear!
Green Goblin: He's the one who can take me to him!
Jameson: I don't know who he is!
Green Goblin: [preparing to punch Jameson] You are useless, you--
Spider-Man: [appears upside-down outside the window] Set him down, tough guy.
Green Goblin: [drops Jameson and turns around on the glider] Speak of the Devil!
Jameson: Spider-Man! I knew you two were in this together! I--
Spider-Man: [uses his web to seal Jameson's mouth shut] Hey, kiddo, let Mom and Dad talk for a minute, will ya?
Green Goblin: [uses sleep gas] Sleep!

[Spider-Man regains conscious after being knocked out by the Green Goblin]
Green Goblin: Wake up, little spider, wake up. No, you're not dead... yet. Just paralyzed, temporarily. You're an amazing creature, Spider-Man. You and I are not so different.
Spider-Man: [weakly] I'm not like you. You're a murderer.
Green Goblin: Well, to each his own. I chose my path, you chose the way of the hero, and they found you amusing for a while, the people of this city, but the one thing they love more then a hero... is to see a hero fail, fall, die trying. In spite of everything you've done for them, eventually, they will hate you. Why bother?
Spider-Man: Because... it's right.
Green Goblin: [taps Spider-Man on the head] Here's the real truth. There are 8,000,000 people in this city, and those teeming masses exist for the sole purpose of lifting the few exceptional people onto their shoulders. You, me, we're exceptional. I could squash you like a bug right now, but I'm offering you a choice - join me. Imagine what we could accomplish together, what we could create... or we could destroy, cause the deaths of countless innocents in selfish battle, again and again and again, until we're both dead! Is that what you want? [jumps onto his glider] Think about it, hero!

Mary Jane: You're amazing.
Spider-Man: Some people don't think so.
M.J.: But you are.
Spider-Man: Nice to have a fan.

Green Goblin: Spider-Man is all but invincible, but Parker… We can destroy him.
Norman: I can't.
Green Goblin: Betrayal must not be countenanced! Parker must be educated.
Norman: What do I do?
Green Goblin: Instruct him in the matters of loss and pain. Make him suffer, make him wish he were dead.
Norman: Yes?
Green Goblin: And then grant his wish.
Norman: But how?
Green Goblin: The cunning warrior attacks neither body nor mind.
Norman: Tell me how!
Green Goblin: The heart, Osborn! First, we attack his heart.

May: Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us– [the Green Goblin bursts through the window, laughing maniacally; screams in horror] DELIVER US–
Green Goblin: Finish it. FINISH IT!

M.J.: Has he mentioned me?
Peter: Yeah.
M.J.: What'd he say?
Peter: Uh... I said... he asked me what I thought about you.
M.J.: And what did you say?
Peter: I said... uh... Spider-Man, I said uh... "The great thing about MJ is... when you look in her eyes and she's looking back in yours... everything... feels... not quite normal." Because you feel stronger and weaker at the same time. You feel excited and at the same time, terrified. The truth is... you don't know what you feel except you know what kind of man you want to be. It's as if you've reached the unreachable and you weren't ready for it."
M.J.: You said that?
Peter: Well, something like that.

Peter: Can I do anything for you?
May: You do too much: College, a job, all this time with me– You're not Superman, you know.

[A bunch of commuters throw things at the Goblin to save Spider-Man, Mary Jane and a tram full of kids]
Commuter 1: Come on up here, tough guy! I got a little somethin' for ya!
Woman: We're gonna kick your frickin' ass!
Commuter 1: Leave Spider-Man alone! You're gonna pick on a guy trying to save a bunch of kids?!
Commuter 2: Oh, yeah, I got something for your ass! You mess with Spidey, you mess with New York!
Commuter 1: You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us!

[As the Green Goblin throws Spider-Man through the building, Spider-Man swings through the window, and crashes to the wall. A pumpkin bomb is thrown in front of Spider-Man's face; it explodes, and blows Spider-Man through the brick wall, and knocking him to the ground. The Green Goblin hops off his glider.]
Green Goblin: Misery, misery, misery, that's what you've chosen. I offered you friendship, and you spat in my face. [The Green Goblin beats Spider-Man up, until he kicks Spider-Man to the wall. Just as Spider-Man is about to shoot his web, the Green Goblin stops him.] You've spun your last web, Spider-Man. Had you not been so selfish, your little girlfriend's death would have been quick and painless. But now that you've really pissed me off… [sinisterly] ...I'm gonna finish her, nice and slow. [Spider-Man gets furious.] M.J. and I... We're gonna have a hell of a time! [The Green Goblin lunges his trident to stab Spider-Man, but Spider-Man stops it, and the Green Goblin flies backwards to another brick wall. Spider-Man crushes the Green Goblin with it. The Green Goblin gets up, and Spider-Man beats him up] Peter, stop! Stop! It's me. [takes off his mask, revealing Norman Osborn]
Peter: Mr. Osborn.
Norman: Peter, thank God for you.
Peter: You killed those people on that balcony.
Norman: The Goblin killed them, I had nothing to do with it! Don't–don't let him take me again. I beg you, protect me!
Peter: You tried to kill Aunt May. You tried to kill Mary Jane.
Norman: But not you. I've tried to stop it, but I couldn't stop it. I would never hurt you. [As Norman speaks, his Green Goblin persona presses the button on his suit, and his glider rises behind Peter.] I knew from the beginning. If anything ever happened to me, i–it was you that I could count on. You, Peter Parker, would save me, and so you have. Thank God for you. [Norman stands up] Give me your hand. Believe in me, as I believed in you. I've been like a father to you. Be a son to me now.
Peter: I have a father. His name was Ben Parker.
Green Goblin: Godspeed, Spider-Man.
[warned by his spider sense, Peter flips just as the Green Goblin's glider was about to impale him.]
Norman: Oh. [gets impaled by his own glider, and groans in pain and blood loss] [last words; weakly] Peter... don't tell Harry. [Norman collapses and dies, and Peter lowers his head down.]

[last line]
Peter: Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: "With great power comes great responsibility." This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man.

About Spider-Man (2002 film)[edit]

The nation, still reeling from the horrors of 9/11, flooded the theaters the following year, hitting a record high for U.S. admissions—1.64 billion moviegoers—in 2002, according to the 2006 U.S. Theatrical Market Statistics.
Spider-Man raked in the highest domestic growth of 2002, beating well-established franchises “Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars” (“All Time Worldwide Opening”). The nation clearly hungered for a figure who could save the country—or, in this case, at least defend New York. ~ Cassandra Hsiao
  • “You mess with Spidey, you mess with New York!” More than any other superhero, Spider-Man is New York. He’s the kid from Queens, the blue-collar nerd who got bitten by a radioactive spider and became the world’s most famous teenage crime fighter. In Sam Raimi’s 2002 film, a random man in the crowd hollers the above line as a group of New Yorkers protect Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) from his arch nemesis The Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe). It’s a sincere moment, unburdened by the self-reflective seriousness found in the genre’s contemporary efforts.
    Ironically for a film often cited as kickstarting the modern superhero movie trend, Raimi’s Spider-Man is a bland superhero movie by today’s standards. It lacks a world-ruling plot, a big CGI finale and it doesn’t trade off 9/11 imagery. It is simply a story about a guy, the girl he loves and the city he shields from harm. It wasn’t Raimi’s intention to make a cinematic dissertation on the different types of heroism. Nor for that matter was he attempting to make a generic superhero movie. He set out to make a Spider-Man movie, and making a great Spider-Man movie requires making a great New York movie.
    As such, Raimi’s version of New York is a place where fantasy and reality meet. There is no doubt that Spider-Man is a fantasy, as Peter reacts to his overnight transformation with a goofy grin because he’s developed shredded abs. He and the rest of New York don’t freak out at the idea of a guy swinging between buildings. In this city and the world Raimi creates within it, that seems perfectly normal. The director injects realism into the story by having his characters work mundane jobs to meet mundane ends like paying rent. They lead regular lives, and we are given hints of their everyday activities. In this film, New York is more than a setting, as Raimi gives his supporting characters lives outside of Spider-Man and The Green Goblin’s ideological conflict.
  • Imagine "Superman" with a Clark Kent more charismatic than the Man of Steel, and you'll understand how "Spider-Man" goes wrong. Tobey Maguireis pitch-perfect as the socially retarded Peter Parker, but when he becomes Spider-Man, the film turns to action sequences that zip along like perfunctory cartoons. Not even during Spidey's first experimental outings do we feel that flesh and blood are contending with gravity. Spidey soars too quickly through the skies of Manhattan; he's as convincing as Mighty Mouse.
  • Remember the first time you saw the characters defy gravity in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"? They transcended gravity, but they didn't dismiss it: They seemed to possess weight, dimension and presence. Spider-Man as he leaps across the rooftops is landing too lightly, rebounding too much like a bouncing ball. He looks like a video game figure, not like a person having an amazing experience.
  • The other super-being in the movie is the Green Goblin, who surfs the skies in jet-shoes. He, too, looks like a drawing being moved quickly around a frame, instead of like a character who has mastered a daring form of locomotion. He's handicapped, too, by his face, which looks like a high-tech action figure with a mouth that doesn't move.
  • Peter Parker was crucial in the evolution of Marvel comics because he was fallible and had recognizable human traits. He was a nerd, a loner, socially inept, insecure, a poor kid being raised by relatives. Maguire gets all of that just right, and I enjoyed the way Dunst is able to modulate her gradually increasing interest in this loser who begins to seem attractive to her. I also liked the complexity of the villain, who in his Dr. Jekyll manifestation is brilliant tycoon Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe) and in his Mr. Hyde persona is a cackling psychopath.
  • 9/11 was undeniably a paradigm shift. Its effects would ripple throughout the next decade and continues to impact the world today. The superhero industry’s response to the unjust tragedy was felt immediately. Those who went to the movies to escape the ubiquitous news coverage on Sept. 11, 2001 would have seen a trailer for “Spider-Man,” which would be released in the following May. The trailer, which featured Spider-Man trapping a helicopter of bank robbers in a web strung up between the Twin Towers, was quickly pulled out of circulation along with posters featuring the towers reflected in his eyes.
    The nation, still reeling from the horrors of 9/11, flooded the theaters the following year, hitting a record high for U.S. admissions—1.64 billion moviegoers—in 2002, according to the 2006 U.S. Theatrical Market Statistics.
    Spider-Man raked in the highest domestic growth of 2002, beating well-established franchises “Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars” (“All Time Worldwide Opening”). The nation clearly hungered for a figure who could save the country—or, in this case, at least defend New York.
  • Q: Do you have a favourite scene in the film?
A: Yeah. The kissing scene where I'm hanging upside down in the rain and Kirsten peels down my mask to kiss me on the mouth. It comes off as sexy, romantic, and sweet and you see the character within the superhero as he gets vulnerable with somebody.
  • Movies hadn’t been doing the sort of opening-weekend business that’s fairly common – even expected – today. The first Harry Potter came out about six months before us and it was this phenomenon from Day one. It was so wild because it was a new thing at that moment – and I’m not saying that hasn’t happened in movie history, but at the time that was a big jump. and then that happened with us. People didn’t anticipate [2002’s Spider- Man] to be like that. Leading up to it you start to get reactions and people tell you, you know, what the tracking is and what range your opening weekend box office is likely to be. but for me it was kind of unexpected. So much shifted in my life the weekend the movie came out. it was shocking.
  • I worked closely with David Koepp who based his scenario on that of James Cameron. I especially wanted to develop what I like in Spider-Man, that is to say the character of Peter Parker. I really did not care about Spidey, I wanted a movie about Peter Parker. (Laughs) It's interesting because he looks like us, he does not have a lot of money, he grew up in a working class environment, he can not fit in, he has problems at school ... His egoism and irresponsibility contribute to his uncle's death and he does not know how to live with it. But when he realizes that he must live to become the responsible person his uncle wanted him to become, he takes the mask. And that's what I'm interested in Spidey. For me, he becomes a hero by becoming responsible, not by knocking out some bad guys. (He thinks) I feel still invested with great responsibilities. Parents will take their children to see the movie and whether it is good or bad, these kids will point the screen and say, "I want to be like Spider-Man . " I know that there will be this admiration and I had to put on the screen a character who deserves this admiration.
  • Initially, I wanted to build a very light camera, from 2 to 3 kg, loaded with a minute of film, mounted on a system of cranes and pulleys, with mini engines. She could have flown over the streets of Manhattan, drifting over passersby and reaching a speed of 60 km / h. But production was certain that we would lose control and kill people! So we tried lots of other things that did not work, like stuntmen hanging from cables, but they had neither the grace nor the acrobatic agility of Spidey. Then John Dykstra, the head of visual effects, proposed a virtual Spidey. I did not like this idea, I did not think I could convince the public with a virtual human, it would not be real enough. But at the point where we were, we tried. And it works. But because Spidey is wearing a suit. If it had been necessary to create skin or virtual eyes, nobody would have believed it.
  • I stay true to the spirit of Spider-Man . Its creators, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, wanted Peter Parker to be like us. I can identify with a simple high school student not a genius capable of inventing this mechanism and this canvas. I wanted to tell the story of an ordinary boy who becomes an extraordinary being, not that of an extraordinary boy who becomes an extraordinary hero.


May and Ben's nephew
Harry's dad
Norman's son
May's husband / Peter's uncle
Peter's aunt / Ben's wife

The Parker Family[edit]

  • Ben†
  • May (wife)
  • Peter (nephew)

The Osborn Family[edit]

  • Norman†
  • Harry (son)

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