Spider-Man (film)

Spider-Man

Spider-Man theatrical poster
Directed bySam Raimi
Produced byLaura Ziskin
Ian Bryce
Written byComic Book:
Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Screenplay:
David Koepp
Alvin Sargent
(uncredited)
StarringTobey Maguire
Willem Dafoe
Kirsten Dunst
James Franco
Cliff Robertson
Rosemary Harris
Music byDanny Elfman
CinematographyDon Burgess
Editing byArthur Coburn
Bob Murawski
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Release date(s)May 3, 2002
Running time121 min.
Country United States
LanguageEnglish
BudgetUS$139 million
Gross revenue$821,708,551
Followed bySpider-Man 2
All Movie Guide profile
/ IMDb profile


Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. The film is the first in the Spider-Man film series. The film was written by David Koepp, and directed by Sam Raimi. It stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Willem Dafoe.

The film begins with Peter Parker, a high school student, being bitten by a genetically altered spider. After misusing his newly given abilities, which indirectly caused the death of his Uncle Ben, he becomes the heroic Spider-Man. Peter hopes to win the heart of Mary Jane Watson, the girl he has loved since he was a boy, and battles the villainous Green Goblin, who is the father of Peter's best friend, Harry Osborn.

After being stuck in development hell for nearly 25 years, the film was released on May 3, 2002 to good reviews from critics, went on to break box office records, and became the highest grossing film of 2002. The success of the film led to two sequels, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.

Plot

Peter Parker, his best friend Harry Osborn, and secret crush Mary Jane Watson visit a genetics laboratory with their high school class. While taking photos in the laboratory, Peter is bitten on the hand by a genetically engineered "super spider", and arrives home and passes out with the bite wound considerably swollen. Meanwhile, Norman Osborn, Harry's father, attempts to preserve his company's military contract from a rival firm, personally experimenting with his company's new but unstable performance-enhancing chemical vapor to increase his speed, strength, and stamina. Afterward, he goes into an uncontrollable rage and kills his assistant. The next morning, Peter finds that his previously impaired vision has improved to 20/20 and that his body has metamorphosized into a more muscular physique. When Peter goes to school, he finds himself producing webbing and having the quick reflexes to avoid being injured in a fight with Flash Thompson. Peter escapes from the school and realizes that he has acquired spider-like abilities from the spider bite. Peter quickly learns to scale walls, long jump across building rooftops and swing via webs from his wrists.

Lying to his aunt and uncle about where he is going, Peter decides to enter a wrestling tournament to get money to buy a car and impress Mary Jane. During an argument, Uncle Ben advises Peter, "With great power comes great responsibility." Peter lashes out at his uncle and leaves for the tournament. Peter wins, but is cheated out of the contest money. In retaliation he allows a thief to escape with the promoter's gate money. Afterward, Peter finds his uncle has been carjacked and killed. Peter tracks down the carjacker only to find out it was the same thief he allowed to escape earlier. During the struggle, the carjacker falls out of a window and dies. Upon graduating, Peter decides to use his abilities to fight injustice, and dons a new costume and the persona of Spider-Man. Peter is hired as a freelance photographer when he arrives in newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson's office with the only clear images of Spider-Man.
Enlarge picture
Spider-Man fights with the Green Goblin
Norman, upon finding out that Oscorp's board members plan to sell the company, attacks them at the World Unity Fair. Although he successfully murders them, Peter engages him as Spider-Man and drives him off as he threatens Mary Jane Watson. Jameson quickly dubs Norman as the Green Goblin. The Goblin offers Spider-Man a place at his side as he sees how the authorities mistrust him, but Spider-Man refuses, knowing that it is the right thing to do. The Goblin commits arson to engage him with a final offer, which Spider-Man refuses, and the Goblin becomes set on killing him. At the Osborn and Parkers' Thanksgiving dinner, Norman notices Peter's wound from the masked confrontation and leaves shortly thereafter. Feeling betrayed by Peter, and having found a personal annoyance with Aunt May, he attacks her. Whilst she recovers in the hospital, Mary Jane admits she has a crush on Spider-Man, who rescued her on numerous occasions, and asks Peter whether he ever asked about her. Peter reflects on his own feelings, during which Harry Osborn enters. Feeling betrayed by his girlfriend, Harry becomes fully loyal to his father, and tells him whom Peter loves the most.

The Goblin strikes, holding Mary Jane and a tram car full of children hostage on top the Queensboro Bridge. The Goblin tells Spider-Man to choose who he wants to save, and when Spider-Man refuses to choose, the Goblin drops his hostages. Spider-Man manages to save both Mary Jane and the tram car, whilst the Goblin is pelted at by civilians, showing loyalty to Spider-Man and proving him wrong by telling the Goblin that if "you mess with him, you mess with New York." The Goblin then grabs Spider-Man and throws him into an abandoned building and begins to beat him. The tables turn as the Goblin boasts of how he will later kill Mary Jane, and an enraged Spider-Man forces him into being unmasked. Norman begs for forgiveness, but his Goblin persona attempts to remote-control his glider to impale Spider-Man. The superhero evades the attack, causing the glider to impale Norman instead, and he dies asking Peter not to reveal his secret to Harry. At Norman’s funeral, Harry swears vengeance toward Spider-Man, who he believes is responsible for killing his father, and asserts that Peter is all he has left. Mary Jane confesses to Peter that she’s in love with him, but Peter, feeling that he must protect her, hides his true feelings. As Peter leaves the funeral, he recalls Uncle Ben's words, "With great power comes great responsibility."

Cast and characters

Enlarge picture
Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson
  • Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker / Spider-Man: An academic but socially inept high school student who is bitten by a genetically modified spider and gains spider-like abilities to become the superhero Spider-Man. Peter graduates but has trouble managing both a job and duties as a superhero, and finds himself mistrusted by the authorities.
  • Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin: The CEO of Oscorp and a scientist who tests an unstable strength enhancer on himself, going insane and becoming the Green Goblin. Osborn develops a split-personality and sees himself as unique, above all others, and offers Spider-Man a place at his side. Unaware of the superhero's true identity, he also sees himself as a father figure for Peter, after he learns that he read his nanotechnology papers and wishes to make his own way in the world.
  • Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson: A high school student and Peter's neighbor, the girl for whom Peter Parker has developed a crush since he was six years old. Mary Jane has abusive parents and aspires to become an actress, but becomes a waitress at a run down diner, a fact she hides from her boyfriend Harry. Due to Peter's crush, she is rescued numerous times by Spider-Man, and in turn she develops feelings for the superhero.
  • James Franco as Harry Osborn: A high school student who is the son of Norman Osborn and Peter Parker's best friend, sharing a flat. He becomes somewhat embittered over his father showing more interest in the brilliant Peter and his job than his own son. Due to Peter's slow romantic attempts, Harry becomes Mary Jane's boyfriend without telling his friend, but Norman resents this, after his own bad relationship with his wife.
  • Cliff Robertson as Ben Parker: The husband to May Parker and uncle of Peter Parker, a fired electrician who is trying to find a new job. He is 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: The wife to Ben Parker and the aunt of Peter Parker. May is a devout Christian who is highly aware of Peter's love for Mary Jane.
  • J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson: The grouchy chief editor of the Daily Bugle who considers Spider-Man a criminal. Nonetheless he has a good side and 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 student who bullies Peter, and is defeated in a fight after Peter inherits his spider-like powers.
  • Michael Papajohn as Dennis Carradine: A criminal who robs the wrestling manager who stiffs Peter Parker for his ring performance.
Bruce Campbell, a long-time colleague of director Sam Raimi, cameoed as the announcer at the wrestling ring Peter takes part in. Raimi himself appeared off-screen, throwing popcorn at Peter as he enters the arena to wrestle Bonesaw McGraw who was played by former professional wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage.[1] Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee also had a cameo, in which he asks Peter, "Hey kid, would 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 Spider-Man and the Green Goblin's battle in Times Square.[2]

Production

Development


No Info- template with that name exists. (Template:Spider-Man film series#Development) You can create an article with this name. [ edit Spider-Man film series#Development] To work from an example Info- Click on the edit link above and paste the following line into Template: }} }} }}

In April 1999, Sony Pictures announced that director James Cameron, previously contracted to film Spider-Man at other studios, would not be attached to write or direct. The studio hired screenwriter David Koepp, who would reportedly draw elements from Cameron's original script treatment for the film.[3] Sam Raimi was attached to direct in January 2000,[4] for a summer 2001 release.[5] He had been a big fan of the comic book during his youth,[6] and picked Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus as the villains of the film,[4] feeling the Green Goblin would make for an interesting conflict being the father of Peter Parker's best friend, Harry Osborn.[7] Raimi did not want to create a highly stylized feel to the film's depiction of New York City, meeting up with production designer Neil Spisak to discuss a focus on tall and classical architecture.[6] Raimi also kept an element of Cameron's treatment, in which Spider-Man has organic webshooters instead of mechanical ones, feeling such an invention would be unlikely on Peter's part.[6] In June, the studio hired screenwriter Scott Rosenberg to rewrite Koepp's script, of which there had been two drafts,[8] and he removed Doc Ock from the storyline. A year later Raimi said he wouldn't be using his draft, and Alvin Sargent was hired, but eventually Koepp received sole credit.[9]

Casting

"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."
— Tobey Maguire on identifying with Peter Parker[10]
For the role of Peter Parker, the studio expressed interest in actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Freddie Prinze, Jr.[11] In addition, actors Scott Speedman, Jay Rodan, and James Franco were involved in screen tests for the lead role.[12] In July 2000, Tobey Maguire was cast as Parker. Maguire was Raimi's primary choice after he saw The Cider House Rules,[2] and Maguire was interested as he identified with the character,[10] but the studio was initially hesitant to cast someone who did not seem to fit the ranks of "adrenaline-pumping, tail-kicking titans". Maguire, who wore a webbed vestment for the screen test, impressed studio executives with his recently aerobicized physique. The actor was signed for a deal in the range of $3 to $4 million with higher salary options for two sequels.[13] 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.[7] Maguire studied spiders and worked with a wire man to simulate the arachnidlike motion, and had a special diet.[15]

Before Raimi cast Kirsten Dunst in the role of Peter Parker's love interest Mary Jane Watson, he had expressed his interest in casting Alicia Witt.[16] Dunst decided to audition after learning Maguire had been cast, feeling the film would have a more independent feel.[17] She got the role at age 18. Nicolas Cage turned down the role of the Green Goblin due to his commitment on Adaptation.[18] John Malkovich was offered the role, but turned down the offer, saying that Spider-Man was not his genre and also cited scheduling difficulties for the role.[19] Ultimately, Willem Dafoe was cast as Norman Osborn in November 2000.[20] The role of Norman's son, Harry Osborn, was filled by James Franco, who had originally screen tested for Spider-Man.[21]

Filming

With Spider-Man cast, filming was set to begin the following November in New York City and on Sony soundstages. The film was set for release a year later,<ref name="spins" /> but when the film was postponed to be released on May 3, 2002,[22] the shoot began on January 8 2001[9] in Culver City. Sony's Stage 29 was used for Peter's Forest Hills home, and Stage 27 was used for the wrestling sequence where Peter takes on Bonesaw McGraw (Randy Savage). Stage 27 was also used for the complex Times Square sequence where Spider-Man and the Goblin battle for the first time, where a three-story set with a breakaway balcony piece was built. The scene also required shooting in Downey, California.[23] On March 6,[24] 45-year-old construction worker Tim Holcombe was killed when a forklift modified as a construction crane crashed into a construction basket that he was in. The following court case led to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to fine Sony $58,805.[25]

In Los Angeles, locations included the Natural History Museum (for the Columbia University lab where Peter is bitten and receives his powers), the Pacific Electricity Building (the Daily Bugle offices) and the Greystone Mansion for the interiors of Norman Osborn's home. In April, some of the Spider-Man costumes were stolen, and Sony put up a $25,000 reward, although they were never returned.[26] Production moved to New York City for two weeks, taking in locations such as the Queensboro Bridge, the exterior of Columbia University's Law Library and a rooftop garden in the Rockefeller Center.[23] The crew returned to L.A. where production was finished in June.[9]

Effects

To create the costume, Maguire was fitted for the skintight suit, being covered with layers of substance to create the suit's shape.[27] It was designed as a single piece, except for the mask. The webbing, which accented the costume, was cut by computer. The mask eye lenses were designed to have a mirror look.[28] The Green Goblin's costume was created after Willem Dafoe was cast, as Dafoe rejected the initially bulky designs created beforehand. The finished design focused on a more streamlined and athletic feel,[6] and the mask in particular was created to be an extreme cartoon version of his face, focusing on his long cheekbones.[29]

Visual effects supervisor John Dykstra was hired to produce the visual effects for Spider-Man in May 2000.[30] He convinced Raimi to make many of the stunts computer generated, as they would have been physically impossible. Raimi had used more traditional special effects in his previous films and learned a lot about using computers during production.[6] Raimi worked hard to plan all the sequences of Spider-Man swinging from buildings, which he described as, "ballet in the sky." The complexity of such sequences meant the budget rose from an initially planned $70 million to around $100 million.[2]

Dykstra said the biggest difficulty of creating Spider-Man was that as the character was masked, it immediately lost a lot of characterization. Without the context of eyes or mouth, a lot of body language had to be put in so that there would be emotional content. Raimi wanted to convey the essence of being Spider-Man, being, "the transition that occurs between him being a young man going through puberty and being a superhero." Dykstra said his crew of animators had never reached such a level of sophistication to give subtle hints of still making Spider-Man feel like a human being.[31] In addition, Dykstra's crew had to composite areas of New York City and replaced every car in shots with digital models. Raimi did not want it to feel entirely like animation, so none of the shots were 100% computer generated.[32]

Release

Enlarge picture
Unused Spider-Man teaser poster
After the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, Sony recalled teaser posters which showed a close-up of Spider-Man's face with the New York skyline (including, prominently, the World Trade Center towers) reflected in his eyes. The movie's original trailer, released in 2001, featured a group of bank robbers on their getaway in a helicopter, which Spider-Man catches in a giant spider-web between the two towers of the World Trade Center. The trailer was pulled after the events of September 11, 2001, attacks and can be found on the internet.[33]

Before Spider-Man's British theatrical release in June 2002, the BBFC gave the film a '12' certificate. Due to Spider-Man's popularity with younger children, this prompted much controversy. The BBFC defended their decision, arguing that the film could have been given a '15'. Despite this, North Norfolk and Breckland District Councils, in East Anglia, changed it to a 'PG', and Tameside council, Manchester, denoted it a 'PG-12'.[34] In late August, the BBFC relaxed their policy to '12A', leading Sony to re-release the film.[35]

Critical reception

Critical reaction to the film was mostly positive. Film review site Rotten Tomatoes calculated a 90% overall approval based on 200 reviews, and it scored an 84% Cream of the Crop rating from major news outlets.[36] The casting, mainly Tobey Maguire, is often cited as one of the high points of the film. Eric Harrison, of the Houston Chronicle, was initially skeptical of the casting of Tobey Maguire, but, after seeing the film, he stated, "within seconds, however, it becomes hard to imagine anyone else in the role."[37] USA Today critic Mike Clark believed the casting rivaled that of 1978's Superman.[38] Owen Gleiberman, of Entertainment Weekly, had mixed feelings about the casting, particularly Tobey Maguire. "Maguire, winning as he is, never quite gets the chance to bring the two sides of Spidey -- the boy and the man, the romantic and the avenger -- together."[39] The Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt thought, "the filmmakers' imaginations work in overdrive from the clever design of the cobwebby opening credits and Spider-Man and M.J.'s upside down kiss -- after one of his many rescues of her -- to a finale that leaves character relationships open ended for future adventures."[40]

Not all of the criticism was good, as LA Weekly's Manohla Dargis wrote, "It isn't that Spider-Man is inherently unsuited for live-action translation; it's just that he's not particularly interesting or, well, animated."[41] Giving it 2.5/4 stars, Roger Ebert felt the film lacked a decent action element; "Consider the scene where Spider-Man is given a cruel choice between saving Mary Jane or a cable car full of school kids. He tries to save both, so that everyone dangles from webbing that seems about to pull loose. The visuals here could have given an impression of the enormous weights and tensions involved, but instead the scene seems more like a bloodless storyboard of the idea."[42] Stylistically, there was heavy criticism of the Green Goblin's costume, which led Richard George of IGN to comment years later, "We're not saying the comic book costume is exactly thrilling, but the Goblin armor (the helmet in particular) from Spider-Man is almost comically bad... Not only is it not frightening, it prohibits expression."[43]

Box office performance

Spider-Man was commercially released in the United States on May 3, 2002 in 3,615 theaters. The film earned $114,844,116 during its opening weekend and became the fastest theatrical release to reach $100 million, crossing the milestone in three days.[44] The film's three-day record was later surpassed by in 2006.[45] Spider-Man also set an all-time record for the highest earnings in a single day with $43,622,264 on May 4, 2002, a record later surpassed by Shrek 2 in 2004.[46] In the U.S. box office, Spider-Man became the highest grossing film of 2002 with $403,706,375, defeating and .[47] Spider-Man currently ranks #7 in the all-time U.S. box office. The film also grossed $821,708,551 worldwide, currently placing it #14 in worldwide box office ranks.[48]

Awards

The film has won several awards ranging from Teen Choice Awards to the Saturn Awards, and was even nominated for two Academy Awards ("Best Visual Effects" and "Best Sound").[49] While only Danny Elfman brought home a Saturn Award, Raimi, Maguire, and Dunst were all nominated for their respective positions. It also took home the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Motion Picture."[49]

See also

References

1. ^ Sam Raimi, Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin, Kirsten DunstAudio Commentary (DVD). Sony.
2. ^ Chris Hewitt, Simon Braund. "Spider-Man", Empire, July 2002, pp. 58-62. Retrieved on 2007-04-29. 
3. ^ Daniel Frankel. "Cameron Spun Out of Spider-Man Movie", E! Online, 1999-04-05. Retrieved on 2007-01-22. 
4. ^ Robert K. Elder. "What's ahead for comics fans", The Dallas Morning News, 2000-07-16. Retrieved on 2007-01-22. 
5. ^ "Entertainment briefs", Chicago Sun-Times, 2000-01-31. Retrieved on 2007-01-22. 
6. ^  (2002). HBO Making-Of Spider-Man (DVD). Sony.
7. ^  (2002). Subtitled Factoids: Weaving the Web (DVD). Sony.
8. ^ Claude Brodesser. "'Spider-Man' snares scribe", Variety, 2000-06-16. Retrieved on 2007-01-22. 
9. ^ Greg Dean Schmitz. Greg's Preview - Spider-Man. Yahoo!. Retrieved on 2007-04-18.
10. ^ "Tobey's Lonely Childhood Will Help Him In Spider-Man Role", Internet Movie Database, 2001-01-31. Retrieved on 2007-04-29. 
11. ^ Ronald Grover. "Unraveling Spider-Man's Tangled Web", Business Week, 2002-04-15. Retrieved on 2007-01-22. 
12. ^ "More From the Spider-Man Casting Front", IGN, 2000-06-19. Retrieved on 2007-01-23.IGN&rft.date=2000-06-19"> 
13. ^ Michael Fleming, Claude Brodesser. "Maguire spins 'Spider-Man'", Variety, 2000-07-31. Retrieved on 2007-01-22. 
14. ^  (2007-04-27). Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (TV). BBC One.
15. ^ "Raimi Talks Up Spider-Man, But Still No Goblin", IGN, 2000-10-05. Retrieved on 2007-01-22.IGN&rft.date=2000-10-05"> 
16. ^ Rebecca Ascher-Welch. "Reel World", Entertainment Weekly, 2000-10-20. Retrieved on 2007-01-23. 
17. ^ "Actress Dunst hopes to play Debbie Harry", Reuters, 2007-03-29. Retrieved on 2007-04-27.Reuters&rft.date=2007-03-29"> 
18. ^ Ethan Aames. "Interview: Nicolas Cage on National Treasure", Cinema Confidential, 2004-09-18. Retrieved on 2007-10-10. 
19. ^ "Malkovich Says No To Spidey", Sci Fi Wire, 2000-11-06. Retrieved on 2007-01-23. 
20. ^ "More Spider-Man Casting News: Dafoe Is Green Goblin", IGN, 2000-11-17. Retrieved on 2007-01-23.IGN&rft.date=2000-11-17"> 
21. ^ "Spider-Man – Do We Have the Son of the Green Goblin Here?", IGN, 2000-10-06. Retrieved on 2007-01-23.IGN&rft.date=2000-10-06"> 
22. ^ "Spider-Man Crawls Into 2002", IGN, 2000-09-14. Retrieved on 2007-01-22.IGN&rft.date=2000-09-14"> 
23. ^ DVD Booklet (2002), p.2-3
24. ^ "Noteworthy", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2001-03-07. Retrieved on 2007-04-29. 
25. ^ "Columbia Fined For Safety Violation That Led To Death", Internet Movie Database, 2001-08-27. Retrieved on 2007-04-29. 
26. ^ "They Took Spidey's Clothes!", Internet Movie Database, 2001-04-05. Retrieved on 2007-04-29. 
27. ^ Josh Tyrangiel. "He has radioactive blood, now about those pecs", Time, 2000-08-14. Retrieved on 2007-01-22. 
28. ^ KJB. "Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Update", IGN, 2001-01-13. Retrieved on 2007-04-28.IGN&rft.date=2001-01-13"> 
29. ^ Brian Hiatt. "Green, With Envy: Inside the mind of Spider-Man's foe -- Willem Dafoe reveals how he became the Green Goblin -- and why he'd love to do a sequel", Entertainment Weekly, 2002-05-22. Retrieved on 2007-04-28. 
30. ^ Scott Chitwood. "Dykstra to animate Spider-Man", IGN, 2000-05-10. Retrieved on 2007-01-22.IGN&rft.date=2000-05-10"> 
31. ^ Phillip Zonkel. "SPINNING `SPIDER-MAN'S' VISUAL EFFECTS WEB - FORMER CSULB STUDENT JOHN DYKSTRA IS CREDITED WITH A GREAT DEAL OF COMPUTER-GENERATED MOVIE MAGIC", Long Beach Press-Telegram, 2003-03-20. Retrieved on 2007-04-29. 
32. ^ Rob Worley. "Comics 2 Film", Comic Book Resources, 2002-03-06. Retrieved on 2007-04-29. 
33. ^ KJB. "Sony Pulls Spider-Man Teaser Trailer & Poster", IGN, 2001-09-13. Retrieved on 2007-04-28.IGN&rft.date=2001-09-13"> 
34. ^ "Parents warned of Spider-Man violence", BBC, 2002-06-13. Retrieved on 2007-03-25.BBC&rft.date=2002-06-13"> 
35. ^ "Film ratings for children relaxed", BBC, 2002-08-29. Retrieved on 2007-03-25.BBC&rft.date=2002-08-29"> 
36. ^ Spider-Man Rotten Tomatoes view. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2007-01-23.
37. ^ Harrison review. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved on 2007-01-23.
38. ^ Mike Clark review. USA Today (2002-05-03). Retrieved on 2007-01-23.
39. ^ Entertainment Weekly review. Entertainment Weekly (2002-05-01). Retrieved on 2007-01-24.
40. ^ Hollywood Reporter review. Hollywood Report (2002-04-19). Retrieved on 2007-01-26.
41. ^ I, Bug. LA Weekly. Retrieved on 2007-01-26.
42. ^ Roger Ebert review. Chicago Sun-Times (2002-05-03). Retrieved on 2007-01-26.
43. ^ Richard George. "Spider-Man in Film: Volume One", IGN, 2007-04-19. Retrieved on 2007-04-27.IGN&rft.date=2007-04-19"> 
44. ^ Brandon Gray. "'Spider-Man' Takes Box Office on the Ultimate Spin: $114.8 Million", Box Office Mojo, 2002-05-06. Retrieved on 2007-01-24. 
45. ^ Brandon Gray. "'Pirates' Raid Record Books", Box Office Mojo, 2006-07-10. Retrieved on 2007-01-24. 
46. ^ Top Grossing Movies in a Single Day at the Box Office. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2007-01-25.
47. ^ 2002 Yearly Box Office Records. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2007-01-24.
48. ^ Spider-Man (2002). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2007-01-24.
49. ^ Awards and Nominations. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2007-01-24.

External links

Sam Raimi
1980s
The Evil Dead | Crimewave | Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
1990s
Darkman | Army of Darkness | The Quick and the Dead | A Simple Plan | For Love of the Game
2000s
The Gift | Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3
Shorts
It's Murder! | Within the Woods | Clockwork


Samuel Marshall Raimi (born October 23, 1959 in Royal Oak, Michigan) is an American film director, producer, actor and writer.
..... Click the link for more information.
Laura Ziskin (b. 3 March 1950) is an American film producer. She is most famous for producing the Spider-Man film series, along with fellow producer Avi Arad. She also produced the 74th and 79th Academy Awards. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC).
..... Click the link for more information.
Stan Lee

Stan Lee in 1999
Birth name Stanley Martin Lieber
Born November 28 1922 (1922--) (age 86)
New York City

Nationality American

..... Click the link for more information.
Steve Ditko

Birth name Stephen Ditko
Born November 2 1927 (1927--) (age 80)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Nationality American
Area(s)
..... Click the link for more information.
David Koepp (born June 9, 1963 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin) is an American screenwriter and director. He attended Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, WI, and received his bachelors in film from UCLA.
..... Click the link for more information.
Alvin Sargent (born in 1927 in Pennsylvania) is a multiple award-winning American screenwriter.

Sargent graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1945. As of 2006, he is one of 35 alums to be on Upper Darby High School's Wall of Fame
..... Click the link for more information.
Tobey Maguire

Maguire, 2007
Birth name Tobias Vincent Maguire
Born May 27 1975 (1975--) (age 32)
Santa Monica, California

Spouse(s)
..... Click the link for more information.
Willem Dafoe

Birth name William J. Dafoe
Born July 22 1955 (1955--) (age 52)
Appleton, Wisconsin

Spouse(s) Giada Colagrande (2005-)


..... Click the link for more information.
Kirsten Dunst

Dunst at the Spider-Man 3 premiere in New York.
Birth name Kirsten Caroline Dunst
Born March 30 1982 (1982--) (age 25)
..... Click the link for more information.
James Franco

Franco At The Spider-Man 3 Premiere
Birth name James Edward Franco
Born March 19 1978 (1978--) (age 29)
Palo Alto, California


..... Click the link for more information.
Cliff Robertson

Birth name Clifford Parker Robertson III
Born September 9 1925 (1925--) (age 82)
La Jolla, California,
United States


..... Click the link for more information.
Rosemary Harris

Rosemary Harris

Born September 19 1930 (1930--) (age 77)
Ashby, Suffolk, England

Awards
Golden Globe Awards

..... Click the link for more information.


Bob Murawski is the American film editor who often works with film director Sam Raimi (of the Spider-Man and Evil Dead series of films).
..... Click the link for more information.
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. is a film and television production company. It is part of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, which is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Sony.
..... Click the link for more information.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.

Subsidiary of Sony Corporation
Founded CBC Film Sales (1919) by Harry Cohn, Jack Cohn and Joe Brandt[1], or 1989 acquisition of Columbia Pictures Entertainment by Sony [2]
..... Click the link for more information.
May 3 is the 1st day of the year (2nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 0 days remaining.

Events


..... Click the link for more information.
-2002- 2003 2004 2005  2006 .  2007 .  2008 .  2009  . 2010  . 2011  . 2012 
In home video: 1999 2000 2001 -2002- 2003 2004 2005     
..... Click the link for more information.
Motto
"In God We Trust"   (since 1956)
"E Pluribus Unum"   ("From Many, One"; Latin, traditional)
Anthem
..... Click the link for more information.
United States dollar
dólar estadounidense (Spanish)
dólar amerikanu (Tetum)
dólar americano

..... Click the link for more information.
Comic Book:
Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Story:
Alfred Gough
Miles Millar
David Koepp
Michael Chabon
Screenplay:
Alvin Sargent
Starring Tobey Maguire
Kirsten Dunst
James Franco
Alfred Molina
Music by Danny Elfman

..... Click the link for more information.
-2002- 2003 2004 2005  2006 .  2007 .  2008 .  2009  . 2010  . 2011  . 2012 
In home video: 1999 2000 2001 -2002- 2003 2004 2005     
..... Click the link for more information.
Motto
"In God We Trust"   (since 1956)
"E Pluribus Unum"   ("From Many, One"; Latin, traditional)
Anthem
..... Click the link for more information.
Superhero film is a fantasy, science fiction or horror genre film that is focused on the actions of one or more superheroes, which are individuals, who possess superhuman abilities relative to a normal person.
..... Click the link for more information.
fictional character is any person, persona, identity, or entity whose existence originates from a work of fiction. The process of creating and developing characters in a work of fiction is called characterization.
..... Click the link for more information.
Marvel Comics

A subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment
Founded 1939 by Martin Goodman, as Timely Comics
Headquarters 417 5th Avenue, New York City, New York

Key people Joe Quesada, Editor-in-chief
Dan Buckley, Publisher, C.O.O.
..... Click the link for more information.
Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism.
If you are prevented from editing this page, and you wish to make a change, please discuss changes on the talk page, request unprotection, log in, or .
..... Click the link for more information.
Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson
Music by Danny Elfman (Spider-Man 1 & 2)
Christopher Young (Spider-Man 2 & 3)
Cinematography Don Burgess (Spider-Man)
Bill Pope (Spider-Man 2 & 3)
..... Click the link for more information.
David Koepp (born June 9, 1963 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin) is an American screenwriter and director. He attended Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, WI, and received his bachelors in film from UCLA.
..... Click the link for more information.


Samuel Marshall Raimi (born October 23, 1959 in Royal Oak, Michigan) is an American film director, producer, actor and writer.
..... Click the link for more information.
Tobey Maguire

Maguire, 2007
Birth name Tobias Vincent Maguire
Born May 27 1975 (1975--) (age 32)
Santa Monica, California

Spouse(s)
..... Click the link for more information.


This article is copied from an article on Wikipedia.org - the free encyclopedia created and edited by online user community. The text was not checked or edited by anyone on our staff. Although the vast majority of the wikipedia encyclopedia articles provide accurate and timely information please do not assume the accuracy of any particular article. This article is distributed under the terms of GNU Free Documentation License.