The web slinging superhero battles crime in New York City.
Runtime: 22 minutes
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Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and the first film in the Spider-Man trilogy. The film stars Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, a high school student living in New York City, who turns to crimefighting as Spider-Man after developing spider-like super powers. Spider-Man also stars Kirsten Dunst as Peter's love interest Mary Jane Watson, Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn, the secret identity of his foe Green Goblin, Rosemary Harris and Cliff Robertson as Aunt May and Uncle Ben, and James Franco as Peter's best friend Harry Osborn. After progress on the film stalled for nearly 25 years, it was licensed for a worldwide release by Columbia Pictures in 1999 after it acquired options from MGM on all previous scripts developed by Cannon Films, Carolco and New Cannon. Exercising its option on just two elements from the multi-script acquisition (a different screenplay was written by James Cameron, Ted Newsom, John Brancato, Barney Cohen and Joseph Goldman), Sony hired David Koepp to create a working screenplay (credited as Cameron's), and Koepp received sole credit in final billing. Directors Roland Emmerich, Ang Lee, Chris Columbus, Jan de Bont, M. Night Shyamalan, Tony Scott and David Fincher were considered to direct the project before Raimi was hired as director in 2000. The Koepp script was rewritten by Scott Rosenberg during pre-production and received a dialogue polish from Alvin Sargent during production. Filming took place in Los Angeles and New York City from January 8 to June 30, 2001. Spider-Man premiered in the Philippines on April 30, 2002 and had its general release in the United States on May 3, 2002. It became a critical and financial success: it was the first film to reach $100 million in a single weekend, and became the most successful film based on a comic book. With $821.7 million worldwide, it was 2002's third-highest-grossing film and became the seventh-highest-grossing film of all time. The film competed at the 75th Academy Awards ceremony for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound. The film is credited for redefining the modern superhero genre, as well as the summer blockbuster, and due to its success it was followed by two sequels, Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007).
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Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker / Spider-Man A freelance photographer who gains spider-like abilities after getting bitten by a genetically modified spider, all of which he uses to fight crime as a spider-masked vigilante, and learns that responsibility comes with his powers. Maguire was cast as Peter in July 2000, having been Raimi's primary choice for the role after he saw The Cider House Rules. The studio was initially hesitant to cast someone who did not seem to fit the ranks of “adrenaline-pumping, tail-kicking titans”, but Maguire managed to impress studio executives with his audition. The actor was signed for a deal in the range of $3 to $4 million with higher salary options for two sequels. To prepare, Maguire was trained by a physical trainer, a yoga instructor, a martial arts expert, and a climbing expert, taking several months to improve his physique. Maguire studied spiders and worked with a wire man to simulate the arachnidlike motion, and had a special diet. The studio had expressed interest in actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Furlong, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Chris Klein, Wes Bentley, and Heath Ledger. Edward Furlong had been considered by James Cameron for the role in 1996, while Raimi joked of Prinze that “[he] won't even be allowed to buy a ticket to see this film.” In addition, actors Scott Speedman, Jay Rodan, and James Franco were involved in screen tests for the lead role with Franco later being cast as Harry Osborn. Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin A scientist, engineer, billionaire, founder and owner of Oscorp, who tests an unstable strength enhancer on himself and becomes the insane and powerful villain. Unaware of Spider-Man's true identity, he also sees himself as a father figure for Peter, ignoring his own son, Harry. Dafoe was cast as Osborn in November 2000, after Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Christopher Walken and John Travolta turned down the role. Dafoe insisted on wearing the uncomfortable costume as he felt that a stuntman would not convey the character's necessary body language. The 580-piece suit took half an hour to put on. Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson Peter's love interest. She has an abusive father, and aspires to become an actress, but becomes a waitress at a run down diner, a fact she hides from Harry. Before Raimi cast Dunst, he had expressed his interest in casting Alicia Witt. Dunst decided to audition after learning Maguire had been cast, feeling the film would have a more independent feel. Dunst earned the role a month before shooting in an audition in Berlin. James Franco as Harry Osborn Peter's best friend and Norman's son. Before being cast as Peter's best friend and roommate, Franco had screen tested for Spider-Man himself. Cliff Robertson as Ben Parker May Parker's husband and Peter Parker's uncle, a fired electrician who is trying to find a new job. He teaches Peter about responsibility out of concern for his changing behavior before being killed by a carjacker whom Peter failed to stop, and leaves Peter with the message, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Rosemary Harris as May Parker Ben Parker's wife and Peter Parker's aunt who is supportive of Peter's love for Mary Jane. J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson The grouchy and miserly owner/publisher of the Daily Bugle who despises Spider-Man. Nonetheless, he pays Peter for photos of Spider-Man, and refuses to tell the Green Goblin the identity of the photographer. Joe Manganiello as Flash Thompson: A repugnant high school jock who bullies Peter, and is defeated in a fight after Peter inherits his spider powers. Bill Nunn as Robbie Robertson The kindly editor at the Daily Bugle, who on occasion helps Peter. Michael Papajohn as Dennis Carradine The criminal who robs the wrestling manager who refuses to pay Peter Parker for his ring performance and believed to be responsible for murdering Ben Parker when he carjacks him in the course of his escape. He dies by falling from a window when confronted by Peter. His name is Dennis Carradine, but this is not revealed until the third film. Elizabeth Banks as Betty Brant As seen in past Spider-Man comics, Betty Brant is Jameson's secretary who has a bit of a soft spot for Peter. Ron Perkins as Dr. Mendel Stromm A scientist employed by Oscorp that assists Norman Osborn in developing the Human Performance Enhancers that eventually transforms Osborn into the Green Goblin which kills him. Randy Savage as Bone Saw McGraw A wrestler whom Spider-Man defeats in the cage match at the wrestling tournament. Bruce Campbell, a long-time colleague of director Sam Raimi, has a cameo as the announcer at the wrestling ring Peter takes part in. Years later, Jeffrey Henderson, who worked on the storyboards for the cancelled Spider-Man 4 movie, released information regarding which villains would appear within the movie. One of those included Bruce Campbell's character's progression into Quentin Beck / Mysterio. Ted Raimi, Sam Raimi's actor brother, plays a small role as editor's assistant Hoffman. Sam Raimi himself appeared off-screen, throwing popcorn at Peter as he enters the arena to wrestle Bonesaw McGraw. Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee also has a cameo, in which he asks Peter, “Hey kid, would you like a pair of these glasses? They're the kind they wore in X-Men.” The scene was cut, and Lee only briefly appears in the film to grab a young girl from falling debris during the battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin in Times Square. R&B/soul singer Macy Gray appears as herself. One of the stunt performers in the film is actor Johnny Tri Nguyen. Robert Kerman, best known for his performances in pornographic and exploitation films, has a bit part as a tugboat captain. Lucy Lawless makes a cameo as a punk rock girl. It was also intended for Hugh Jackman to make an appearance in the film as Logan / Wolverine, reprising the role from 2000's X-Men, but a dispute between Sony and 20th Century Fox over the characters' film rights prevented it from happening. The novelization of Spider-Man identifies Liz Allan as the character portrayed by Sally Livingstone.
I felt like I was an outsider. I think what happened to me made me develop this street sense of watching people and working out what made them tick, wondering whether I could trust them or not. I went to a lot of schools along the coast in California, made few friends and stayed with aunts, uncles and grandparents while my folks tried to make ends meet. It was tough. We had no money.
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