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Spider-Man

Theatrical poster
Directed by Sam Raimi
Produced by Laura Ziskin
Ian Bryce
Grant Curtis (Co-producer)
Avi Arad (Executive)
Stan Lee (Executive)
Written by David Koepp
Scott Rosenberg
(uncredited)
Alvin Sargent
(uncredited)
Stan Lee
(Comic book)
Steve Ditko
(Comic book)
Starring Tobey Maguire
Willem Dafoe
Kirsten Dunst
James Franco
Cliff Robertson
Rosemary Harris
J. K. Simmons
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Don Burgess
Editing by Arthur Coburn
Bob Murawski
Studio Marvel Entertainment
Laura Ziskins Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) May 3, 2002 (2002-05-03)
Running time 121 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $140 million
Gross revenue $821,708,551[1]
Followed by Spider-Man 2

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

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 causes 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. Meanwhile, he must battle the villainous Green Goblin, the alter ego of the father of his best friend, Harry Osborn.

After being stuck in development hell for nearly 25 years, the film was released on May 3, 2002, by Columbia Pictures, to excellent reviews and a record-breaking opening weekend. With $821.71 million worldwide, it was 2002's third-highest-grossing film and is the 22nd-highest-grossing film of all time. Spider-Man was, for its time, the most successful film based on a comic book. The film's success has led to two sequels, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. Spider-Man 4 was set to be released worldwide on May 6, 2011, but Marvel announced plans to reboot the series after Raimi and Maguire left over script disputes.

Contents

Plot

The story describes the transformation of high-school senior Peter Parker (Maguire) into an arachnoid superhero and the beginning of his career as a crime fighter. Peter is a shy, awkward boy who lives in Forest Hills, a suburb of the New York City borough of Queens, with his uncle Ben (Robertson) and aunt May (Harris). His next-door neighbor Mary Jane Watson (Dunst) is a pretty, warm-hearted girl with a good-looking, athletic boyfriend. Peter's friend Harry Osborn (Franco) is the son of Norman Osborn (Dafoe), president of the Oscorp manufacturing corporation, which is working to win a contract to supply weapons to the United States Army.

On a field trip to a genetics laboratory, Peter is bitten by a genetically engineered spider. He passes out in his bedroom at home, and the next day his vision is perfect, he has become more muscular, his wrists emit web strings, and his reflexes are super-quick. At school, he saves Mary Jane from falling and easily defeats her boyfriend in a fistfight. Realizing that the spider's bite has given him spider-like powers, he learns how to scale walls, jump between building rooftops, and swing through the city.

Peter enters a wrestling tournament, hoping to use his new spider skills to win $3,000 so he can buy a sports car to impress Mary Jane. On the day of the tournament, Ben tries to give him some fatherly advice, but Peter lashes out at him. At the tournament, the announcer presents Peter as "The Amazing Spider-Man". Peter defeats his opponent, but the man in charge only gives him $100. When a thief robs the man, Peter takes his revenge by allowing the robber to escape, but he discovers later that the thief killed Ben during his getaway. Feeling responsible for Ben's death, and feeling guilty for rejecting his advice, Peter dedicates himself to fighting crime as Spider-Man. He makes money by selling pictures of himself to Daily Bugle newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson (Simmons).

Meanwhile, under pressure from the military, Norman tests Oscorp's dangerous new performance-enhancing chemical on himself. The chemical makes him stronger, but he also develops a maniacal alter ego. He immediately murders his assistant, then kills several of his competitor's scientists from the air, wearing an artificial exoskeleton and standing on a flying platform. After Oscorp's directors fire him, he flies to an Oscorp-sponsored fair and kills them before Spider-Man drives him away. Jameson dubs Norman's alter ego the "Green Goblin". After Spider-Man refuses the Goblin's offer to work together and Norman secretly discovers that Peter is Spider-Man, the Green Goblin attacks Aunt May.

As they watch over May in the hospital, Mary Jane tells Peter she has a crush on Spider-Man, and Peter expresses his own feelings for her. Harry catches them holding hands and tells his father about their love for each other. Now knowing that Spider-Man has feelings for Mary Jane, the Goblin lures him to the top of the Queensboro Bridge by taking Mary Jane and a Roosevelt Island Tramway car full of children hostage, then drops both at the same time. Spider-Man saves them all, but the Goblin takes him to an abandoned building for a fight. Spider-man eventually defeats and unmasks the Goblin, and Norman dies after asking Peter not to tell Harry that he (Norman) was the Goblin.

When Spider-Man brings Norman's body to the mansion, Harry sees him. At Norman’s funeral, Harry vows to Peter that he will kill Spider-Man to avenge Norman's death. Mary Jane confesses her love to Peter and kisses him, but Peter insists that they can only be friends, afraid that she would suffer further harm if Spider-Man's enemies knew that he loves her. Walking away from MJ, who is now in tears, he recalls Ben's words of advice, "With great power comes great responsibility," and stoically accepts his new life as Spider-Man.

Cast and characters

"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[2]
  • Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker / Spider-Man: Born in 1984, Parker is an academically brilliant but socially inept student who is bitten by a genetically modified spider and gains spider-like abilities. Maguire was cast as Peter in July 2000,[3] having been Sam Raimi's primary choice for the role after he saw The Cider House Rules.[4] The studio was initially hesitant to cast someone who did not seem to fit the ranks of "adrenaline-pumping, tail-kicking titans",[3] 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.[3] 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.[5] Maguire studied spiders and worked with a wire man to simulate the arachnidlike motion, and had a special diet.[6]
The studio had expressed interest in actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Freddie Prinze, Jr,[7] Chris Klein, Wes Bentley, and Heath Ledger.[8] DiCaprio had been considered by James Cameron for the role in 1995,[9] while Raimi joked of Prinze that "[he] won't even be allowed to buy a ticket to see this film."[8] In addition, actors Scott Speedman, Jay Rodan, and James Franco were involved in screen tests for the lead role.[10]
  • Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin: CEO of Oscorp who tests an unstable strength enhancer on himself and becomes the insane and powerful Green Goblin. 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.[11] Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, and Jim Carrey turned down the role.[12][13] 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.[8]
  • Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson: The girl whom Peter Parker has developed a crush since he was six years old. Mary Jane has an abusive father, and aspires to become an actress, but becomes a waitress at a run down diner, a fact she hides from her boyfriend Harry. Before Raimi cast Dunst, he had expressed his interest in casting Alicia Witt.[14] Dunst decided to audition after learning Maguire had been cast, feeling the film would have a more independent feel.[15] Dunst earned the role a month before shooting in an audition in Berlin.[8]
  • 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."
  • J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson: The grouchy publisher 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 powers.
  • Michael Papajohn as The Carjacker: The criminal who robs the wrestling manager who stiffs Peter Parker for his ring performance and murders Ben Parker (although the murderer was retconned as Flint Marko (Sandman) in Spider-Man 3). He was killed from falling from a window when confronted by Peter.
  • 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.

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 (played by former professional wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage).[17] Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee also had 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. One of the stunt performers in this film is actor Johnny Tri Nguyen.[4]

Production

Development

Although Sony Pictures acquired the "Cameron material" from MGM/UA, in April 1999 the studio announced they were not hiring James Cameron himself to direct the film.[18] The studio lined up Roland Emmerich, Tim Burton, Chris Columbus, and David Fincher as potential directors. Fincher did not want to depict the origin story, pitching the film as being based on The Night Gwen Stacy Died storyline, but the studio disagreed.[8] Sam Raimi was attached to direct in January 2000,[19] for a summer 2001 release.[20] He had been a big fan of the comic book during his youth, and his passion for Spider-Man earned him the job.[21]

Cameron's "scriptment" became the basis of David Koepp's first-draft screenplay, often word for word.[22] Cameron's versions of the Marvel villains Electro and Sandman remained the antagonists. Koepp's rewrite substituted the Green Goblin as the primary antagonist and added Doctor Octopus as a secondary villain.[23] Raimi felt the Green Goblin and the surrogate father-son theme between Norman Osborn and Peter Parker would be more interesting.[24] In June, Columbia hired Scott Rosenberg to rewrite of Koepp's material. Remaining a constant in all the rewrites was the "organic webshooter" idea from the Cameron "scriptment".[25] Raimi felt he would stretch the audience's suspension of disbelief too far to have Peter invent mechanical webshooters.[5]

Rosenberg removed Doctor Octopus and created several new action sequences.[26] Raimi felt adding a third origin story would make the film too complex. Sequences removed from the final film had Spider-Man protecting Fargas, the wheelchair-using Oscorp executive from the Goblin, and Spider-Man defusing a hostage situation on a train.[8] As production neared, producer Laura Ziskin hired her husband, award-winning writer Alvin Sargent, to polish the dialogue, primarily between Peter and Mary Jane.[27] Columbia offered David Koepp's name to the WGA as sole screenwriter, despite the fact that it had acquired Cameron's script and hired two subsequent writers. Without reading and comparing any of the material, the Writers Guild approved sole credit to Koepp.[22]

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,[3] but when the film was postponed to be released on May 3, 2002,[28] filming officially began on January 8, 2001[27] 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.[29] On March 6,[30] 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.[31]

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 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.[32] Production moved to New York City for two weeks, taking in locations such as the Queensboro Bridge, the exterior of Columbia University's Low Library, the outside of the New York Public Library, and a rooftop garden in the Rockefeller Center.[29] The crew returned to Los Angeles where production and filming ended in June. The Flatiron Building was used for the Daily Bugle.[27]

Design

Spider-Man and the Green Goblin in combat. Spider-man's costume was made up of a single piece with a mask. The Green Goblin's costume was made up of 580 different pieces.

Although it wound up being faithful to the comics, many designs were made for Spider-Man's costumes: one concept costume designer James Acheson became fond of had a red emblem over a black costume.[8] To create Spider-Man's costume, Maguire was fitted for the skintight suit, being covered with layers of substance to create the suit's shape.[33] 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.[34]

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,[21] and the mask in particular was created to be an extreme cartoon version of his face, focusing on his long cheekbones.[35] Some of the early designs were heavily inspired by black ops. One popular idea among the concept artists was to have the Goblin accompanied by adolescent women in costume and have their own gliders. Raimi hated the idea.[8]

Effects

Visual effects supervisor John Dykstra was hired to produce the visual effects for Spider-Man in May 2000.[36] 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.[21] 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.[4] Shots were made more complicated because of the main characters' individual color schemes, so Spider-Man and the Green Goblin had to be shot separately for effects shots: Spider-Man was shot in front of a greenscreen, while the Green Goblin was shot against bluescreen. Shooting them together would have resulted in one character being erased from a shot.[8]

Saki 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 Spider-Man as 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.[37] When two studio executives were shown shots of the computer generated character, they believed it was actually Maguire performing stunts.[8] 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.[38]

Release

Original Spider-Man teaser poster, which was recalled from theatres following 9/11

After the terrorist attacks on the United States in 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 teaser trailer, released in 2001, featured a mini-movie plot involving a group of bank robbers escaping in a helicopter, which gets caught from behind and propelled backward into what at first appears to be a net, then is shown to be a gigantic spider web spun between the two towers at the World Trade Center. According to Sony the trailer did not contain any actual footage from the film itself and is consequently one of the most popular "Special Shoot" trailers since Terminator 2: Judgment Day.[39] The trailer was pulled after the events of the September 11, 2001 attacks, but can be found on the Internet.[40]

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'. The United States rated it "PG-13".[41] In late August, the BBFC relaxed their policy to '12A', leading Sony to re-release the film.[42]

Critical reception

The film was generally well-received by critics. Film review site Rotten Tomatoes calculated a 90% overall approval based on 207 reviews, and it scored an 85% Cream of the Crop rating from major news outlets.[43] 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."[44] USA Today critic Mike Clark believed the casting rivaled that of 1978's Superman.[45] 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."[46] 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."[47]

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."[48] 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."[49] 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."[50]

Entertainment Weekly put "the kiss in Spider-Man" on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "There's a fine line between romantic and corny. And the rain-soaked smooch between Spider-Man and Mary Jane from 2002 tap-dances right on that line. The reason it works? Even if she suspects he's Peter Parker, she doesn't try to find out. And that's sexy as hell."[51]

Box office performance

Spider-Man was a major commercial success, becoming the first film to pass the $100 million mark in a single weekend. With the release in the United States and Canada on May 3, 2002 on 7,500 screens at 3,615 theaters, the film earned $39,406,872 on its opening day, averaging $10,901 per theater ($5,524.25 per screen). The film earned a total of $114,844,116 during its opening weekend, averaging $31,769 per theater ($15,312.55 per screen) and became the fastest theatrical release to reach $100 million at the time, crossing the milestone in three days. Spider-Man also being the highest opening week in North America box office movie for a non-sequel, with $114 million, and surpassed 8 years later by Alice in Wonderland in 2010.[52] The film's three-day record was later surpassed by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in 2006.[53] 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. The film stayed at the top position in its second weekend, dropping only 38% in its second weekend, grossing another $71,417,527, averaging $19,755.89 per theater ($9,522.34 per screen) and bringing the ten-day total to $223,040,031. The film dropped to the second position in its third weekend, behind Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but still made $45,036,912, dropping only 37%, averaging $12,458 per theater, and bringing the seventeen-day tally to $285,573,668. It stayed at the second position in its fourth weekend, grossing $35,814,844 over the four-day Memorial Day frame, dropping only 21% while expanding to 3,876 theaters, averaging $9,240 over four days, and bringing the 25-day gross to $333,641,492.[54] In the box office, Spider-Man became the highest grossing film of 2002 with $403,706,375 in the United States and Canada, defeating The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.[55] Spider-Man currently ranks ninth in the all-time U.S. and Canada box office. The film also grossed $821,708,551 worldwide, ranks the third highest-grossing film of 2002 behind The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, currently placing it twenty second in worldwide box office ranks.[1]

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").[56] 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."[56]

Video game

A video game based on the movie was released in 2002.

See also

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From Wikiquote

Spider-Man is a 2002 film based on the eponymous Marvel comic. It stars Toby Macguire and Willem Dafoe and explains the story of Peter Parker's struggle to balance between his normal life and his life as Spider Man.

Written by David Koepp. Directed by Sam Raimi.

Contents

Peter Parker/Spider-Man

  • (opening narration) Who am I? You sure you wanna know? The story of my life is not for the faint of heart. If somebody told you it was a happy tale, if somebody said I was just your average guy, not a care in the world...somebody lied. But let me assure you, this, like any story worth telling, is all about a girl. [cut to first shot of Mary Jane] That girl, the girl next door. Mary Jane Watson. The woman I loved since before I even liked girls. [camera pans to Mary Jane's boyfriend, Flash Thompson]
    I'd like to tell you that's me sitting next to her.
    [camera goes to a fat guy in the seat in front of MJ]
    Heck, I'd even take him!
  • (to Bone Saw) That's a cute outfit! Did your husband give it to you?
  • No matter what I do, no matter how hard I try...the ones I love will always be the ones who pay.
  • (end narration) Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: 'With great power, comes great responsibility.' This is my gift. My curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man!
  • (to Mary Jane after being asked what he said when Spider-Man asked about her) I said, um, 'Spider-Man,' I said, 'the great thing about M.J. is when you look in her eyes, and she looks back in yours, everything feels not quite normal, because you feel strong—and weak at the same time. You feel excited, and at the same time terrified. The truth is you don't know the way you feel, except you know the kind of man you want to be. It's as if you've reached the unreachable, and you weren't ready for it.

[Peter after the wrestling game asking for the money that he's supposed to have won.]

  • Peter Parker: I need that money.
    Wrestling Promoter: I missed the part where that's my problem.

[Peter when letting the guy who stole the money from the wrestling promoter pass by without stopping him.]

  • Wrestling Promoter: You coulda taken him apart! Now he's gonna get away with my money!
    Peter Parker: I missed the part where that's my problem.
  • (To the Burglar) What about my uncle?! Did you give him a chance?! Did you?! Answer me!!!

[Peter is about attempting to use his webs for the first time.]

  • Fly! Up, up, and away web!, Shazam!, Go, web, go!. [Peter makes different hand shapes, eventually leading up to a "teeny-bopper" hand shape, and wiggles it up and down.]

Uncle Ben

  • Peter, look, you're changing. I know. I went through the exact same thing at your age.
  • Peter, these are the years when a man changes into the man he's going to be for the rest of his life. Just be careful who you change into. This guy, Flash Thompson, he probably deserved what happened. But just because you can beat him up, doesn't give you the right to. Remember: with great power comes great responsibility.

Aunt May

  • (To Ben) I love you! And Peter loves you! We've been down and out before but somehow we survived.
  • You do too much, you're not Superman, you know.

Green Goblin/Norman Osborn

  • Jameson, you slime! Who's the photographer who takes the pictures of Spider-Man?!
  • There are eight million people in this city, and those teeming masses exist for the sole purpose of lifting the few exceptional people onto their shoulders. You, me; we're exceptional. I could SQUASH YOU LIKE A BUG right now... but I'm offering you a choice. Join me. Imagine what we could accomplish together. What we could create... or we could destroy, causing the deaths of countless innocents and selfless weak again and again and again until we're both dead! Is that what you want? (hops on the Goblin Glider) Think about it, hero!!!!!
  • The only thing they like to see more than a hero is to see a hero fail, fall, die trying. In spite of everything you've done, eventually they will hate you...why bother?
  • (to Norman) Do you think it was coincidence? So many good things happening for you. All for you. Norman.
  • (To Goblin) The Board members--you killed them!
  • (to Norman, who has just guessed that the Performance Enhancers created the Goblin)

Bingo! Me! Your greatest creation. Bringing you what you always wanted. Power. Beyond your wildest dreams. And it's only the beginning.

  • The cunning warrior attacks neither body nor mind.
  • [being fired by the Oscorp Board of Directors] You can't do this to me... I started this company... YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I SACRIFICED?!?!
  • Sorry I was late. Work was murder. (smiles) I brought a fruitcake.
  • Out, am I?! (to the Oscorp Board of directors, shortly before vaporizing them.)
  • Spider-Man! This is why only fools are heroes. Because you never know when some lunatic will come along with a sadistic choice. [holds Mary Jane over the edge of the bridge with his left hand] Let die the woman you love? [motions to his right: he is holding up a bunch of kids up by a cable car] Or...suffer the little children? Make your choice, Spider-Man... and see how a hero is rewarded.
  • We are who we choose to be! Now, CHOOSE!
  • (singing to the tune of 'Itsy Bitsy Spider') The itsy bitsy Spider went up the water-spout. Down came the Goblin, and took the Spider out. Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!
  • (choking Dr. Stromm, pulls him up to face and turns normally serious) Back to formula?
  • Speak of the Devil!
  • Slee-eeee-p!
  • Godspeed, Spider-Man.
  • Misery, misery, misery. That's what you've chosen. I offered you friendship... and you spat in my face!
  • [upon felling Spider-Man with a Pumpkin Bomb] You've spun your last web, Spider-Man. Had you not been so selfish, your little girlfriend's death would have been quick and painless! But now that you've really PISSED ME OFF, I'm gonna finish her nice...and slow...
  • MJ and I... we're gonna have a hell of a time!
  • (last words) Peter...don't tell Harry.
  • (to Goblin) What do you want? (to Norman) To say what you won't. To do what you can't. To remove those standing in your way. (holds up a newspaper and smiles wickedly)
  • Can Spider-Man come out to play?
  • We become what we choose.

J. Jonah Jameson

  • (reading front page Daily Bugle headline) Who is Spider-Man?! He's a criminal, that's who he is! A vigilante! A public menace! (to Robbie Robertson) What's he doing on my front page?
  • Tomorrow morning, Spider-Man, page 1, with a decent picture this time. (to Ted Hoffman) Move Conway's to page 7 and give them 10 percent off. No, make it 5 percent.
  • (referring to the difficulty in catching Spider-Man on film) Aww, what is he, shy? If we can get a picture of Julia Roberts in a thong, we can certainly get a picture of this weirdo. Put it on the front page: Cash money for a picture of Spider-Man! He doesn't wanna be famous?! Then I'll make him infamous!
  • (referring to Peter's photos of Spider-Man) They're crap. Crap. Crap. Mega-crap. I'll give you $200 for all of them.
  • (Peter has just accused Jameson of slander) It is not! I resent that! Slander is spoken. In print it's libel. What are you, his lawyer? Get lost! Let him sue me, get rich like a normal human being!
  • (Peter says Jameson doesn't trust anyone) I trust my barber.
  • (accepts Peter's photos, shows him to the door) No jobs! Freelance! Best thing in the world for a kid your age. You bring me some more pictures of that newspaper-selling clown, maybe I'll take 'em off your hands. But I never said you had a job! Meat! I'll send you a box of Christmas meat! Best I can do. Get out of here. Bring me more photos.

Betty Brant

  • Welcome to the Daily Bugle.
  • Hi, Pete!

Bonesaw McGraw

  • BONESAW IS READY!
  • Hey, freakshow! You're goin' nowhere! I've got you for three minutes - three minutes of playtime!

Mary Jane Watson

Main cast

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