Spiderman 2 Review
June 30, 2004
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Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Train Fight Scene
The train fight between Doc Ock and Spider-Man was the idea of director Sam Raimi and the first major sequence to be filmed.
Big Fan of Marvel Comics
Alfred Molina is a big fan of Marvel Comics, and was excited about his role in the film.
Reference to an earlier scene
The alley where Peter dumps his Spider-Man suit is supposed to be the same one where he kissed MJ upside down in the first film.
Changes made to costume
Costume designer James Acheson made subtle changes to Spider-Man’s costume from the previous film. The colours were made richer and bolder; the spider emblem was given more elegant lines; the muscle suit underneath was made into pieces, to give a better sense of movement; and the helmet Tobey Maguire wore under his mask was also improved, adding a false jaw for better movement and magnetic eyepieces which were easier to remove
In the script, the reason MJ is so annoyed that Peter missed her play is because he was the one who encouraged her acting ability.
Homage to a particular scene
When Peter dumps his Spider-Man suit in a garbage can, it’s an exacting homage to a panel from “Spider-Man No More”, Issue #50 from The Amazing Spider-Man
The band Dashboard Confessional agreed to write a song for the end credits if they could have an advanced screening of the movie. The studio agreed. After watching the film, the lead singer wrote “Vindicated” in ten minutes
Part of what fuels Harry’s depression in the script…
.. something omitted from the film, is the scientists who witnessed the failed fusion experiment were thinking of suing Harry, because it was funded by Oscorp’s money. It also bothers him to see MJ with another man, just like Peter
.. features artwork by artist Alex Ross, which recaps the events in Spider-Man (2002)
Discarded Spider-man Suit
The guy beat up in the alley that Peter walked away from was originally supposed to be the man who showed Jameson the discarded Spider-Man suit. The bag the thugs were trying to steal had the suit in it, but this isn’t made clear in the film
Harry’s obsession with Spider-Man
The script tells us that Peter rents above a TV repair shop. He doesn’t live with Harry anymore since Norman’s death, and Harry moved back into his father’s townhouse. Harry’s obsession with Spider-Man was too much for Peter to bear. This is the reason why he gets annoyed with Harry at his birthday party.
100 minor alterations were made to the Spider-Man suit since the first film. 35 suits were made overall for the movie
Head-shot of Spider-Man
One of the Daily Bugle newspapers features a head-shot of Spider-Man that is actually from a promotional image for the comic book mini-series Marvels (1994), which was painted by Alex Ross (who painted the recap images in this film’s main title sequence).
DVD RELEASE – “Spider Sense”
Like Spider-Man (2002), the DVD release of this movie includes a “Spider Sense” subtitles track which provides trivia about the film, characters, actors, etc, as the film is playing
Hospital attack sequence..
..took months for Sam Raimi and his storyboard artists to devise. It was the first part of principle photography to be shot
Filming began before an official script was completed.
A special camera system was constructed called the Spydercam which allowed filming to create the effect of dropping 50 stories and of high speed swooping scenes. The system had actually been invented for the first film but had only been used for the final shot.
An additional fight scene..
.. between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus on a collapsing water tower was story boarded but never used in the finished film.
In the novelization
Aunt May begins to blame herself for Uncle Ben’s death in the film, but in the novelization, Peter wonders is it because Ben is haunting her as well, especially now he’s given up Spider-Man. When he confesses his part in Uncle Ben’s death, May tells him to leave instead of just getting up and going to her room in silence as she does in the film
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RT/Meta Critic Review
The web-slinging sequences are bigger-better-brighter-faster than the already spectacular ones in 2002’s Spider-Man, and at the same time, the film’s smaller emotional moments are denser, richer and more resonant than those in the first. (click here to see)