It’s been sixteen years since this movie, and yet its charm remains intact. Can you guess what movie this is?
We all had some attachment in our childhood to Peter Parker. Now, that was more than a hint. So, should we announce the movie we were referring to?
Welcome to Watch Tank, and today we are counting down picks to reveal the ten things we are sure you missed while watching Spider-Man 2.
Why is this movie so special? I mean, we had by this time discovered the mystery of Peter Parker being the Spider-Man in the 2002 released movie Spider-Man. Spider-Man 2 is the second instalment of the Spider-Man trilogy and a sequel to the release of 2002.
The story’s background is set two years after the events of Spider-Man, where Peter Parker is trying to strike the balance in his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Dr. Otto
Octavius is the new villain, coming from a failed experiment that kills his wife and leaves him neurologically integrated to mechanical tentacles.
The fact that Spider-Man is again fighting the evil guy, while dealing with his inner desire to stop being the Spider-Man, is an intriguing and appealing part of the movie.
Spider-Man 2 features Tobey Maguire with Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, and Donna Murphy.
Just looking at the stars, what a flashback indeed! Now, be ready to discover the hidden treasures in the film.
But hey! This is a spoiler alert in case you haven’t watched the movie.
10. Tobey Maguire was not the original choice for the lead role
We loved Maguire as Spider-Man, but much to everybody’s surprise, he wasn’t the primary choice for the role.
But the real surprise is when you hear the names that were short-listed. Ready?
They were Wes Bentley, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Furlong, Chris Klein, Heath Ledger, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jay Rodan, and Scott Speedman.
However, the director of Spider-Man 2, Sam Raimi, enjoyed Maguire’s lead performance in The Cider House Rules and was sure that only Maguire could fully capture Peter Parker’s insecurity, naivety, and decency.
The rest, as they say, is history.
9. Homage to comics
Exactly one hour and three minutes into the movie, we see Peter abandoning his Spider-Man suit by dumping it into a garbage can.
While this might seem to be a dramatic twist, were you aware that this was an excellent way to pay homage to the comics?
This scene was taken from Issue #50 of The Amazing Spider-Man, titled “Spider-Man No More.” Just like it was shown the film, the outfit was found and brought to J. Jonah Jameson. Then it was reclaimed by Spider-Man, who left a note, like the one in the movie.
Now, do you remember some bits and pieces? Relive the memory tonight by watching it again!
8. Writing a song in ten minutes
Creative brilliance can manifest in a few minutes, and it was again proven in the set of Spider-Man 2. Feeling confused?
To explain further, the band Dashboard Confessional agreed to write one song for the end credits of the movie, provided they could screen it in advance. The studio agreed to this, and after watching the film, the lead singer of the band wrote “Vindicated” within ten minutes.
Lucky band members! When would we ever get a similar chance of making conditions to watch a movie in advance?
7. A doctor or a lizard?
If you have watched the movie carefully, you will find that Dr. Curt Connors survives with a single arm.
He lost an arm in an overseas war. He was once a surgeon before the accident occurred, and as a surgeon, he would patch up soldiers in the war. We was briefly mentioned in the prequel Spider-Man (2002) but was not seen. He fired Peter for always being late. As per the comic book, he became the lizard when he experimented at growing a new arm by mixing his DNA with a lizard’s.
He’s definitely another character to watch out for in the movie. Now do you remember him?
6. Changes in the costume
The costume of Spider-Man is one of the most significant features of the character. Keeping that in mind, costume designer James Acheson made subtle changes to Spider-Man’s costume from the previous instalment.
Could you detect the changes? The colours were made more vibrant and bolder, the spider emblem was given more sophisticated lines, and the muscle suit underneath was divided into pieces to give a better sense of movement. The helmet Tobey Maguire wore under his mask got an improvement with a false jaw added for better movement and magnetic eyepieces to make vision easier.
That was terrific!
5. Dialogue placed coincidentally
It seems that luck favoured Maguire every time. In the first movie, he had a long list of competitors before sealing the deal for the role. For Spider-Man 2, Maguire’s participation was again in doubt because he was suffering from severe back pains.
Jake Gyllenhaal was almost finalized for the lead role. He, in fact, had also started preparing for it, but then, Maguire decided to take the plunge despite his injury. However, as per the DVD commentary, the “My back!” joke Peter made after he had fallen from the roof was purely coincidental, as it was placed in the script when Maguire’s back problem started.
That was quite unexpected.
As for Gyllenhaal, he went on to play Spider-Man’s enemy Mysterio, fifteen years later in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
4. Crafting the hospital scene
The production crew had to make much effort to create the hospital scene. They built tentacles that were 13 feet long. When done with everything, the designers couldn’t differentiate between the CGI and the puppetry.
Honestly, the combined effects appeared excellent to the naked eye. The designers were especially proud about the tentacles, and the fact that they looked real. So, they never exposed it to the media before the film’s release to keep the surprise element intact, and the audience loved it. The tentacles were very expensive and were lacking in supply, so the set’s security was very strict about keeping track of them to prevent anything from being stolen.
3. Last sign of being innocent
Does a picture paint unspoken words?
Spider-Man 2 had evidence to prove just that. Remember Peter’s apartment in the movie? If you take a closer look, you might see the picture that he took of Mary Jane right before a radioactive spider bit him.
Symbolically, this picture was supposed to represent the last few moments of innocence in Peter’s life before it was radically changed forever.
That was deep!
2. Cameo by chance
Willem Defoe was not supposed to be re-casted for the movie. One night, while returning to his apartment, he saw the movie’s cast and crew filming for this movie nearby. He stopped by the set to exchange pleasantries, and thus, the filmmakers decided to give him a cameo appearance.
Spider-Man 2 fun facts are not done yet!
- Pizzeria’s publicity
The phone number written on Peter’s helmet for Joe’s Pizzeria was real and belonged to a New York Pizza place. Yes, they loved the publicity.
- Remembering the Illustrator
Peter’s landlord, Mr. Ditkovitch, was named after Steve Ditko, the original illustrator of Spider-man.
And we reach the number one spot!
1. Performing stunts himself
When Peter flipped over an oncoming car, Tobey Maguire performed that stunt all by himself. A stuntman did it as well, but the director thought that Maguire’s version looked more natural, so that shot was used instead.
Directed by Sam Raimi and written by Alvin Sargent, Spider-Man 2 won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and was nominated for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. The movie was also considered as one of the most influential and best superhero films of all time.
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