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Spider-Man

• Director: Sam Raimi
• Writer: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, David Koepp
• Release Date: 3 May 2002 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for stylized violence and action.
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
• Runtime: 121 min.
• Box Office #s: Here

Cast Highlights
• Tobey Maguire
• Willem Dafoe
• James Franco
• Cliff Robertson
• Rosemary Harris

Based on Marvel Comics’ superhero character, this is a story of Peter Parker who is a nerdy high-schooler. He was orphaned as a child, bullied by jocks, and can’t confess his crush for his stunning neighborhood girl Mary Jane Watson. To say his life is “miserable” is an understatement. But one day while on an excursion to a laboratory a runaway radioactive spider bites him… and his life changes in a way no one could have imagined. Peter acquires a muscle-bound physique, clear vision, ability to cling to surfaces and crawl over walls, shooting webs from his wrist … but the fun isn’t going to last. An eccentric millionaire Norman Osborn administers a performance enhancing drug on himself and his maniacal alter ego Green Goblin emerges. Now Peter Parker has to become Spider-Man and take Green Goblin to the task… or else Goblin will kill him. They come face to face and the war begins in which only one of them will survive at the end.

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Trivia

  • Before Willem Dafoe received the role of the Green Goblin, Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich and Robert De Niro were offered the role. Malkovich and Dafoe starred together in Shadow of the Vampire (2000), which was produced by Nicolas Cage.
  • The Green Goblin was chosen as the film’s main villain since Sam Raimi felt the father-son theme (Norman and Harry Osborn and Peter Parker) would make the film deeper.
  • In addition to both Peter Parker and Norman Osborn wearing their enemy’s costume colors during the Thanksgiving dinner scene, Harry Osborn is seen wearing all of the colors. He’s wearing a green shirt, red tie and blue coat.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio was considered for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
  • Sam Raimi was not Sony’s first choice as director. Others considered were Tony Scott, Jan de Bont, James Cameron, Roland Emmerich, Ang Lee and David Fincher.
  • Alicia Witt, Mena Suvari, Eliza Dushku and Elisha Cuthbert auditioned for the role of Mary-Jane Watson. Dushku’s screen test can be seen on the DVD special features.
  • Pre-production planning for Spider-Man actually began in 1986 by Cannon Films. Later, Cannon sold the production rights to Carolco Pictures. Carolco would later sell the production rights to Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Sony and Marvel produced the Spider-Man film we see today, released through Sony’s Columbia Pictures division.
  • James Cameron wrote a treatment for this film over the years as the rights to the character jumped between companies. Nearly all of his ideas were scrapped except for the biological web shooters.
  • The writers Alvin Sargent & Scott Rosenberg contribute to the last uncredited re-write on the shooting script.
  • In preparation for his role, Tobey Maguire trained for a short while before the screen test. After he got the role, he went on a strict exercise regime and a specific diet for five months.
  • The scene at Columbia University was filmed on an unseasonably warm spring day. However, the costume department had provided the high school extras with cold-weather clothing. The real Columbia University students can be seen in the background wearing shorts and t-shirts by contrast.
  • A welder building sets for the movie was killed on 6 March 2001 when a crane toppled onto a construction basket in which he was riding and struck him in the head.
  • Zach Hudson, the stunt double for Tobey Maguire, fractured his leg after a stunt went wrong and he slammed in to a brick wall.
  • Several Spider-Man costumes were created at a cost of up to $100,000 each. Four were stolen from the set in early April of 2001 and Columbia Pictures posted a $25,000 reward for their return. The costumes were not returned.
  • The movie cost over $100 million to produce, and another $30 million to promote.
  • The studio expressed an interest in Leonardo DiCaprio and Freddie Prinze Jr. playing the part of Spider-Man. Scott Speedman, Jay Rodan and James Franco all actually tested for the part.
  • When Sam Raimi first offered to cast Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, the studio was initially very reluctant. That was until they saw Maguire’s test and they saw that the actor had clearly bulked up for the role.
  • Tobey Maguire had to have his Spider-Man outfit slightly remodeled as the original design had not made any allowances for when the actor needed a bathroom break. A vent was added to enable him to perform that function without having to take the entire costume off.
  • The shoot was fast-tracked due to an impending actors/ directors/ writers strike that was anticipated for summer 2001. The strike never actually took place.
  • One of the chief difficulties that Tobey Maguire experienced in the now-famous upside-down kissing scene was that his sinuses kept filling up with water as it was performed in driving rain.
  • In the final battle between Spider-Man and the Goblin, the CGI artists had to change the color of the blood pouring from Spider-Man’s mouth to a clear liquid, indicating spit. This was to ensure a PG rating.
  • Although Spider-Man is an iconic figure for New York, the majority of the film was actually made in Los Angeles. Only two weeks’ worth of location filming was done in the Big Apple.
  • James Franco’s hair was dyed brown to give him some resemblance to Willem Dafoe, his screen father. This decision was only made after filming had begun. Indeed, in the scene where Harry visits Aunt May in hospital, you can see that Franco’s hair is his usual black.
  • Some of the spiders used in the film were imported from New Zealand.
  • One of the reasons why Sam Raimi was a popular choice with Sony for the director’s gig was because he is an avid comic book collector in his private life, with a collection of over 25,000.
  • Some of the directors who had been attached to the project over the years include Tobe Hooper, Joseph Zito and Stephen Herek. A longtime contender to direct was Albert Pyun when the film rights were held by Cannon, as he had already made a superhero adaptation with Captain America (1990).
  • By signing on for two sequels, Tobey Maguire secured himself a paycheck of $26 million.
  • The interior of the visit to Columbia University was actually filmed in the main rotunda of the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. The large electron microscope in the center of the set was actually made of plywood, plaster and fiberglass, concealing three 16-foot bronze centerpieces.
  • The construction crew for the art department spent almost a year building the 100 sets needed for the film.
  • Cliff Robertson plays Uncle Ben Parker. Robertson’s middle name is Parker.
  • Although Uncle Ben claims to be 68 in the film, Cliff Robertson was 75 at the time of filming. Make-up artists still made him look a little older.
  • The first scene filmed was when Peter returns from his field-trip, feverish after being bitten by the spider.
  • To acquire his bumped-up physique, Tobey Maguire went through a strict five-month regimen of exercise, weight training and martial arts six times a week, as well as eating a high protein meal four to six times a day.
  • Spider-Man’s webbing in the film is made out of foam materials and fishing line. It was also enhanced with CGI.
  • In order to come up with the look of the high school kids, the costume department sent disposable cameras to schoolteachers in New York City and had them distribute them among their students to take pictures of each other.
  • Color costume considerations meant that Spider-Man was shot in front of a green screen, while the Green Goblin was shot in front of a blue one.
  • The genetically modified spider that bit Peter Parker was not a black widow spider but a Steatoda spider, which was chosen by Steven R. Kutcher and painted red and blue by Jens Schnabel while the spider was anesthetized.
  • The sketches Peter Parker does of his costume were actually done by Phil Jimenez, an artist on “Wonder Woman” comics.
  • The original trailer for the movie depicted a theft of a bank, with the robbers making a getaway in a helicopter. A close-up of the helicopter was shown, until the helicopter stopped, apparently caught in mid-air. As the camera zoomed out, it was shown that the helicopter was caught in a spider web, suspended between the two towers of the World Trade Center. After the attacks on the towers 11 September 2001, however, the trailer was changed.
  • The owners of the billboards that surround Times Square attempted to sue Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Marvel Enterprises, and the other companies involved with the production of Spider-Man (2002) for “digitally superimposing advertisements for other companies over their billboard space in the film.” The suit was thrown out by a federal judge in New York.
  • Bleu’s song “Somebody Else” was originally written to be the theme for a different superhero, Superman for the TV series “Smallville” (2001).
  • In the comics, Peter Parker designed and made Spider-Man’s synthetic spider web and the mechanical wrist guns that fire it. In the movie he shoots the web from his own body. Director Sam Raimi answered the protests of comic book fans saying that it was more credible to have Peter shoot web this way than for a high school boy to be able to produce a wonder adhesive in his spare time that 3M could not make.
  • Director Trademark: [Sam Raimi] [car] The 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88, also known as The Classic, appears in the movie as Uncle Ben’s car.
  • Tobey Maguire said he had never read a Spider-Man comic book but took the role because he liked the script.
  • During the fight between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man near the end of the movie, Willem Dafoe accidentally clipped Tobey Maguire on the chin with one blow.
  • According to visual effects supervisor John Dykstra, animating Spider-Man was the most sophisticated task he had accomplished at that time. Sam Raimi wanted to convey the essence of being Spider-Man (“the transition that occurs, between him being a young man going through puberty and being a superhero”); but the main difficulty was that as the character was masked, there was no context of eyes/mouth and it immediately lost a lot of characterization; thus the animators had to insert a lot of body language into his movements so that there would be some emotional content.
  • Director Trademark: [Sam Raimi] [Shaky-cam shot] This technique, created by Raimi, is used on a shot of the Green Goblin.
  • Director Trademark: [Sam Raimi] [mirror] Dual personalities of one person looking in a mirror, also exhibited in Evil Dead II (1987), directed by Sam Raimi.
  • Ivan Raimi did some uncredited script doctoring on this film.
  • Sam Raimi hoped to use more traditional VFX (stuntwork and digital mattes) for the film, but John Dykstra explained to him that Spider-Man’s flexibility and agility meant that such stunts would be near-impossible to physically enact and so Raimi decided to use computer-generated imagery. However, Raimi did not want it to be complete animation, so none of the VFX shots were 100% computer generated.
  • When used in the trailer, the shot of Peter doing a long back-flip onto a car hood was digitally altered to put him in his Spider-Man outfit instead of his wrestling outfit.
  • Director Trademark: [Sam Raimi] [supporting cast] Cameo appearances by longtime friend Bruce Campbell and by brother Ted Raimi.
  • Director Trademark: [Sam Raimi] [chainsaw] The wrestler Peter fights is named Bonesaw.
  • Director Trademark: [Sam Raimi] [Whip-Pan camera shot] used in the scene where Norman Osborn walks into Peter Parker’s bedroom.
  • Cameo: [Stan Lee] The creator of Spider-Man appears in the scene where the Green Goblin attacks the balcony at the World Unity Festival.
  • Cameo: [Nicholas Hammond] The former actor from (“The Amazing Spider-Man” (1978)) is also at the World Unity Festival.
  • Cameo: [Lucy Lawless] as a punk girl (director Sam Raimi was an executive producer of “Xena: Warrior Princess” (1995)).
  • The film contains multiple references to future Spider-Man villains: Doctor Curtis Connors (Lizard), Eddie Brock (Venom), Harry Osborn (Green Goblin No. 2), Mendel Stromm (Robot Master).
  • In the film, Peter mentioned Dr. Curt Connors firing him. Connors appeared in Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  • A sign in front of Peter Parker and Harry Osborne’s apartment building: Webstring Platform.
  • During the World Unity parade, a billboard for Terminix can be seen, one of many insect-related inside jokes.
  • Cameo: [Sumner Redstone, chairman of Viacom] a non-speaking board member of Oscorp, Norman Osborn’s company.
  • When Peter Parker is testing out his webbing for the first time, he says several classic DC Comics (archrival of Marvel Comics) catchphrases, most notably “Up, up and away, Web!” (Superman (1978)) and “Shazam!” (DC’s Captain Marvel, aka “Shazam!” (1974)). Tobey Maguire ad-libbed these lines, which were not in the original script.
  • When Peter Parker tests out his webbing for the first time, among the notable catch phrases he says, he also uses the same gesture (middle and third fingers folded into the palm, the rest extended outward) he typically uses in the comic books to fire his mechanical webbing wrist guns.
  • During the World Unity Fair fight scene, in the background one of the signs on the buildings shows a police officer and behind him read the words “Protecting, Serving, Blah Blah Blah.”
  • One of Peter’s sketches for his costume is of Marvel Comics superhero Stingray.
  • One of Peter’s sketches for possible costume ideas is nearly identical to the black-and-white suit Spider-Man wore in the comics during the early-to-mid-1980s (which would eventually become the costume for Venom), except that the spider insignia is red, not white. Peter’s note on this sketch: “Needs more color.”
  • When Peter Parker browses through several newspapers looking for a used car, one of the ads shown is for an Alfa Romeo convertible: that model was marketed in Italy under the name Spider.
  • David Koepp’s fourth screenplay to hold the opening weekend box office record. The others are Jurassic Park (1993) (June 1993), Mission: Impossible (1996) (May 1996) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) (May 1997).
  • Actor/stuntman Scott Leva was considered for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man when the film project was first proposed in the mid-1980s.
  • Marion Ross was considered for the role of Aunt Mae.
  • Among the page-two headlines advertised on the front page of the Daily Bugle: “Public Clamors for Pest Control” and “New York Fears the Bug – 20 Victims to Date.”
  • Mary Jane’s red hair in this movie is a wig; however, Kirsten Dunst liked the look so much, she dyed her hair for Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007).
  • The camera that Peter Parker uses is a 1981 Canon New F-1 SLR, with the Canon logo blacked out.
  • The scene in which Peter Parker catches Mary Jane’s lunch on the tray involved no CGI. With the help of a sticky substance to keep the tray planted on his hand, Tobey Maguire eventually (after many takes) performed the stunt exactly as seen.
  • The jumping spider that Peter attempts to take a picture of is an Avondale Spider, the same type used in Araknofobi (1990).
  • The smoke in the lab during Norman Osborn’s transformation scene was originally white but was then digitally altered to green. Director Sam Raimi wanted to use real green smoke, but went with the CG effect when prop designers could not create a colored smoke that was non-toxic.
  • Scenes of New Yorkers throwing trash at the Green Goblin and Spider-Man perched alongside the American flag were added after 11 September 2001 to reflect the city’s sense of unity and patriotism.
  • At the time of its release, the movie passed the US$100 million mark faster than any other movie, in just three days. That record has since been broken by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), which made the mark in just 2 days. Several other movies have also reached this record, including Spider-Man 3 (2007).
  • Doctor Octopus was in the early draft of the script to appear as the second bad guy. Later on in pre-production it was decided that he be reassigned to Spider-Man 2 (2004).
  • The Daily Bugle newspaper building is actually the Flatiron building, a famous Manhattan landmark that was built in 1902. In the comics, the Bugle’s building is on East 38th Street and Second Avenue.
  • The first Marvel movie to showcase the flipping pages Marvel logo.
  • During the conversation outside the library, Uncle Ben quotes to Peter the famous words, “With great power comes great responsibility.” This well-quoted line actually came from a 1962 published issue, so it debuted there 14 years before a short story by Isaac Asimov which later was made into the movie Robotmennesket (1999), which some attribute wrongly as the source of this phrase.
  • Entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as having the Highest Box Office Gross in a Single Day, taking in US$43.6 million on its second day of release.
  • Bonesaw, the wrestler Spider-Man fights for money, is played by real life wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage. Early in his career, Savage wrestled under the name The Spider.
  • Sam Raimi wanted Bill Pope to be the film’s cinematographer, but Pope was busy working on The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). Raimi’s second choice was Peter Deming, but he was working on Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).
  • The balloons at the Unity Festival were made by Aerostar International, Inc., in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • After the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001, Sony recalled teaser posters which showed a close-up of Spiderman’s face with the New York skyline (including, prominently, the World Trade Center towers) reflected in his eyes. Not all the posters were recovered, however, and the ones still at large are now highly prized collector’s items.
  • When Jameson’s subordinates are trying to tell him about Spider-Man, one of them says, “Eddie’s been trying to get a picture of him for weeks.” This is a reference to Eddie Brock, a comic book character featured in Spider-Man 3 (2007).
  • The Thanksgiving scene when Aunt May puts the turkey in front of Norman is a reference to the Norman Rockwell painting “Freedom From Want”.
  • In the scene where Peter Parker is on his ceiling hiding from Mr. Osbourne, a green sweatshirt with a beaver insignia can be seen on the ground. This is a sweatshirt from Sam Raimi’s childhood camp, Tamakwa.
  • Both Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe incorporated a Yoga technique called Ashtanga into their training regimens for this film. “Ashtanga” translates into English as “eight-legged.”
  • The Moondance Diner where Mary Jane Watson works is the same one that Rent (2005) creator Jonathan Larson (and actor and star of “Rent,” Jesse L. Martin) worked at prior to quitting to pursue a career writing musicals.
  • Cameo: [Robert Kerman] [as the Tugboat Captain.]
  • The film caused some controversy in England when the BBFC rated it 12, going on record to say it was the most violent movie they had seen that was aimed at younger viewers. The distributor had requested a PG rating, but this was denied due to the levels of “personal violence” and the prevalent revenge theme. Many parents complained about the decision, saying how disappointed their children were at not being able to legally see the film (the 12 at this time was a legal age limit). However, when the new 12A rating was introduced in August 2002, Spider-Man (2002) was re-released with this new advisory rating, along with a new marketing campaign stressing that children could now go and see the film.
  • This movie held the record for biggest opening day ever with $39.4 million. This record was broken by its sequel Spider-Man 2 (2004), and is now currently held by Spider-Man 3 (2007) with $59.8 million, though it made the least box office gross of the three.
  • Chris Columbus was offered the director’s chair but opted to make Harry Potter og de vises sten (2001) instead.
  • The rights for Spider-Man were in limbo for years, switching between studios. In fact, in a 1987 issue of Variety there was an advertisement proclaiming that Cannon studios would begin principal photography for the film on Nov. 14, 1988.
  • Cingular Wireless, whose logo in very prominent within the movie and the movie’s promotional campaigns, was not actually available in New York City at the time of the movie’s release.
  • Sam Raimi and John Dykstra worked hard to plan all the web-slinging sequences, which Raimi described as “ballet in the sky.” The complexity of such sequences meant the film’s budget rose from an initially planned $70 million to around $100 million.
  • When two studio executives were shown shots of the computer generated Spider-Man, they believed it was actually Tobey Maguire performing the stunts.
  • A camera system called the Spydercam was developed to express more of Spider-Man’s world and point of view. It was able to drop 50 stories (over 600 ft) and with shot lengths of just over 2400 feet or 3200 feet (for shooting in New York City, or Los Angeles), and could shoot at six frames/second to convey a sense of speed. The Spydercam was only used in this film for the final sequence, but was brought into more use for the sequels.
  • To create Spider-Man’s costume, Tobey Maguire was fitted for the skintight outfit, being covered with layers of substance to create the suit’s shape. It was designed as a single piece, except for the mask. The webbing that accented the costume was cut by computer.
  • The Green Goblin’s costume was originally designed to be more bulky and armoured, but Willem Dafoe, having decided to film his own stunts, rejected it in favour of a more streamlined and athletic costume. The final outfit was composed of 580 pieces and took Dafoe half an hour to put on.
  • When Uncle Ben drops Peter off to go to the library, a bus can be seen driving by with a promotional advertisement that reads, Forår for Hitler (1968), a ‘Mel Brooks (I)’ musical. Brooks later sued Sony Pictures Entertainment for unwanted advertisement in motion-picture space.
  • When James Cameron was developing Spider-Man in the early 1990s, Charlie Sheen actively campaigned for the role, apparently to Cameron’s disinterest. After Titanic (1997), Cameron said his only choice was Leonardo DiCaprio before he eventually passed onto other projects.
  • Edward Norton was offered the role of the Green Goblin but opted to Den røde drage (2002) instead.
  • The film is based on a combination of both the Ultimate Spider-Man comic series and the original Amazing Spider-Man series. For instance, this incarnation of Mary Jane Watson (the “girl next door” version) is from the Ultimates series, while this version of the Green Goblin is from the original Amazing Spider-Man universe.
  • When the project began in the late 1980s, the role of Mary Jane Watson was considered for many actresses, including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ally Sheedy, Jodie Foster, Natasha Richardson, Phoebe Cates, Tatum O’Neal, Bridget Fonda, Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Kyra Sedgwick, Justine Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Molly Ringwald, Jennifer Aniston, Uma Thurman, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Christina Applegate, Cameron Diaz, Alyssa Milano, Tori Spelling, Neve Campbell, Tiffani Thiessen, Alyson Hannigan and Drew Barrymore. But when the project eventually went into pre-production, all of them were considered too old for the part.
  • In 1988, director Albert Pyun was hired to direct a “Spider-Man” movie for Cannon Films. Scott Leva was hired to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and filming was set to take place at De Laurentiis’ studio in Wilmington, North Carolina. With a $6 million budget, the Brooklyn sets were built for “Spider-Man” on the Wilmington stages and Pyun would also film a sequel to Masters of the Universe (1987) during the same time as “Spider-Man”. Pyun had originally planned to film two weeks worth of scenes for “Spider-Man” before Leva’s nerdy Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider, then Leva would undergo a supervised eight week workout regimen to build muscle mass while director Pyun would film “Masters of the Universe Part 2”, and filming for “Spider-Man” would resume for the scenes after Peter gets his spider powers. However, both projects were scrapped when Cannon Films eventually went out of business.
  • James Cameron had a Spider-Man picture in mind early on in his career. In the early 1990s, Carolco Pictures hired him to write and direct a Spider-Man motion picture. While he originally wrote Doctor Octopus as the lone villain and had Arnold Schwarzenegger in mind for the role of Doc Ock, Cameron later wrote a new draft that featured Peter Parker as a high school senior in love with Mary Jane Watson and Spider-Man would fight two villains, Electro and Sandman. However, Electro was changed from electrical lineman Max Dillon to billionaire businessman Carlton Strand and Sandman was changed from crook Flint Marko to Strand’s hired henchman, Boyd. Cameron had intended to cast Michael Biehn as Peter Parker. This is foreshadowed in earlier Cameron movies featuring Michael Biehn when his character gets bit on the hand in Terminator (1984), Aliens – det endelige opgør (1986), and The Abyss (1989). This is a reference to the radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker’s hand. However, the director couldn’t make his Spider-Man movie when Carolco went bankrupt and soon after the movie rights to Spider-Man went into limbo for several years.
  • Willem Dafoe performed 90% of his own stunts.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: As Peter enters the wrestling arena, the wrestler slams his opponent to the deck. The Wilhelm Scream is barely audible, but definitely there.
  • In an online interview with the Planet Origo website, director Albert Pyun said that he was hired to direct “Spider-Man” for Cannon Films back in 1988. He said that his movie would have featured the origin of Spider-Man, featured Dr. Curt Connors, a.k.a. the Lizard, as the film’s main villain, and that most of the movie would have been featured in the sewers of Brooklyn, where Spider-Man would chase after, and fight with, the Lizard. His plans to direct “Spider-Man” fell through when Cannon Films went bankrupt.
  • The scene when Peter and Mary Jane talk outside at night was actually shot at 4 am. Due to this time of filming, it had to be shot quickly due to sunrise approaching. Kirsten Dunst also commented that it was a very cool morning weather-wise, and points out that her thermal underwear pants can be briefly seen peeking out above her pants line.
  • The theatrical release of the move ends with Aerosmith’s cover of the Spider-man theme that can be heard on the official soundtrack. For the DVD release it was changed to the original rendition of the theme.
  • SPOILER: One of the scenes that Tobey Maguire performed for his screen test was the final one in which Peter Parker rejects Mary Jane.
  • SPOILER: The World Trade Center Towers can be seen in the background of some scenes and once in the reflection of Spider-Man’s eye. In addition, during the ending scene where he is swinging around the American trade building, you can see the towers in the far background slightly blurred. The makers of the film chose not to remove them digitally.
  • SPOILER: Willem Dafoe was never an intended choice to play the Green Goblin. After the script fell into his possession, he began lobbying for the role and met with Sam Raimi. Sometime later, while filming a movie in Spain, Dafoe was approached and shot some test footage inside the hotel room he was staying. It led to his being cast. Once he received the role, Dafoe asked that he be allowed to perform his own stunts so that the character and movements would feel authentic, or else the audience would notice the difference. He performed about 95% of his own stunts, and unlike many of the stunt crew, learned how to handle the Goblin Glider after just 15 minutes. Having such a great time during filming, he offered to return for Spider-Man 2 (2004) and asked if they could write him in somewhere, his character having died in Spider-Man (2002). Sam Raimi took him up on the offer and both of them set aside a specific day of filming on Spider-Man 2 (2004) for Dafoe to shoot Norman Osborn’s cameo dream sequence.
  • SPOILER: When Uncle Ben’s killer crashes the car into the gate after Spider-Man leaps off, the police car that pulls into frame on the right side has a very obvious license plate with “1927” being the only markings. This is to honor Stan Lee’s great friend, Marvel and DC veteran illustrator John Buscema who was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 11, 1927. He sadly passed away on January 10, 2002.
  • SPOILER: At the beginning of the movie when we first see Mary Jane on the school bus, she is dressed in the Green Goblin’s (from the comic book, anyways) colors. Her top is purple and her coat is green. This outfit is also the uniform of Gwen Stacy from the comics, who was killed by the Green Goblin in a battle not unlike the bridge scene in the movie.
  • SPOILER: The film’s climax is based on the infamous “The Amazing Spider-Man” # 121 comic, “The Night Gwen Stacy Died.” In that comic, the Goblin captures Stacy and suspends her over a bridge, and Spider-Man attempts to save her, but fails. In near-insane anger and retaliation he beats the Goblin to near-unconsciousness, and when he tries to use his sled to impale the wall-crawler, it backfires and impales him instead. In the film, the main differences are that Mary-Jane is the one held over a bridge, and she survives. At Osborne’s funeral, a gravestone nearby says Stacy.
  • SPOILER: In 1993, James Cameron was hired to rewrite an existing draft for “Spider-Man” for Carolco Pictures. The script was going to feature Liz Allen as Peter Parker’s love interest instead of Mary Jane Watson, and the villain was Doctor Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus. Unlike the comics, Octavius was a professor who would be a mentor to college senior Peter Parker, and Otto called himself Professor Octopus after his four mechanical arms become accidentally fused to his body. During the accident that turns Octavius into Doc Ock, Otto is also bitten on the back of the neck by the same radioactive spider that turns Peter into Spider-Man. To make the film more kid-friendly, the company had Doc Ock constantly use the phrase “Okey! Dokey!” and Ock had an assistant named Weiner that later kills Peter’s Uncle Ben Parker instead of a burglar that Spider-Man lets get away. Arnold Schwarzenegger was Cameron’s first choice for Doctor Octopus and Edward Furlong was considered for Peter Parker, but Carolco ultimately never made a “Spider-Man” film when it ultimately went out of business.

Quotes

Peter Parker: Hey, it’s me again!
Mary Jane: Hey!
Peter Parker: How was your audition?
Mary Jane: How’d you know?
Peter Parker: The hotline. Your mom, told my aunt, told me.
Mary Jane: So you just came by?
Peter Parker: I was in the neighborhood, needed to see a friendly face. I took three buses and a cab to *get* in the neighborhood, but… So how’d it go?
Mary Jane: [wryly] Oh. They said I needed acting lessons. A *soap opera* told me I needed acting lessons.
Peter Parker: Lemme buy you a cheeseburger. The sky’s the limit, up to seven dollars… and eighty-four cents.
Mary Jane: [laughs] I’d like a cheeseburger. Oh, but I’m going out to dinner with Harry.
[pause] Mary Jane: Come with us.
Peter Parker: No thanks. How’s it going with…
[Mary Jane looks down] Peter Parker: Never mind, it’s none of my business.
Mary Jane: It’s not? Why so interested?
Peter Parker: I’m not.
Mary Jane: You’re not?
Peter Parker: Well… Why would I be?
Mary Jane: [playfully] I dunno. Why would you be?
Peter Parker: [smiles, not knowing what to say] I dunno.
Mary Jane: Sorry you won’t come with us. I better run, Tiger.

Mary Jane: Has he mentioned me?
Peter Parker: Yeah.
Mary Jane: What’d he say?
Peter Parker: Uh… I said… he asked me what I thought about you.
Mary Jane: And what did you say?
Peter Parker: 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.”
Mary Jane: You said that?
Peter Parker: Well, something like that.
Peter Parker: [Harry walks in while they’re holding hands] Hi…

Spider-Man: You have a knack for getting in trouble.
Mary Jane: You have a knack for saving my life. I think I have a superhero stalker.
Spider-Man: I was in the neighborhood…

Mary Jane: So you just came by?
Peter Parker: I was in the neighborhood…

Mary Jane: Who are you?
Spider-Man: You know who I am.
Mary Jane: I do?
Spider-Man: Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Mary Jane: He’s saved my life twice and I’ve never even seen his face.

Mary Jane: Do I get to say thank you this time?

Mary Jane: [looking at spiders] Disgusting!
Harry Osborn: Yeah, I hate the little things.
Mary Jane: I love ’em.
Harry Osborn: Oh yeah, me too.

Mary Jane: You know, you’re taller than you look.
Peter Parker: I hunch.
Mary Jane: Don’t.

[Peter is going to take a picture of Mary Jane] Mary Jane: Don’t make me look ugly.
Peter Parker: That’s impossible.

Mary Jane: What do you see coming for you?
Peter Parker: I don’t know. Whatever it is, it’s something I never felt before.
Mary Jane: And… what for me?
Peter Parker: For you? You’re gonna light up Broadway.

Mary Jane: I better run, tiger.

Flash Thompson: Think you’re pretty funny, don’t you, freak?
Mary Jane: Flash, it was just an accident!
Flash Thompson: My fist breaking your teeth, that’s the accident.
Mary Jane: C’mon, Flash, stop!
Peter Parker: I don’t want to fight you, Flash.
Flash Thompson: I wouldn’t want to fight me, neither.

[in Aunt May’s hospital room] Peter Parker: [relating to M.J. what he supposedly said to Spider-man] I said, um, Spider-man, I said, uh, the great thing about M.J. 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.
Mary Jane: You said that?
Peter Parker: Oh, something like that…

Peter Parker: I want you to know, that I will always be there for you; I will always be there to take care of you. I promise you that. I will always be your friend.
Mary Jane: Only a friend, Peter Parker?
Peter Parker: That’s all I have to give…

Mary Jane: Thanks for sticking up for me, Harry.
Harry Osborn: You heard?
Mary Jane: Everyone heard that creep.
Harry Osborn: That creep is my father, all right! If I’m lucky, I’ll become half of what he is. So just keep your mouth shut about stuff you don’t understand!

Peter Parker: How was your audition?
Mary Jane: How did you know?
Peter Parker: Hotline… your mom, told my aunt, told me…

[as Flash Thompson tries to beat up Peter Parker in school] Mary Jane: Help him, Harry!
[one of Flash’s buddies tries to tackle Peter from behind, Peter senses it and jumps, flipping over backward and landing on his feet] Harry Osborn: Which one?

Mary Jane: They said I need acting lessons. Can you believe that? A soap opera told me I need acting lessons.

Mary Jane: I wanna… act. On stage.
Peter Parker: Really? Well that’s perfect. You were awesome in all the school plays.
Mary Jane: Really?
Peter Parker: Yeah. I cried like a baby when you played Cinderella.
Mary Jane: Peter, that was first grade.
Peter Parker: Well, even so…

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

Tour Guide: In this lab we have fifteen genetically enhanced super spiders.
Mary Jane: There’s fourteen. One’s missing.