Hugh Jackman revealed that he was supposed to have a brief cameo as Wolverine. Jackman actually showed up in New York to film the scene, but the entire plan was scrapped when the crew couldn't get access to the Wolverine costume from X-Men (2000).
(at around 22 mins) 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, eventually, after 156 takes, he performed the stunt exactly as seen.
Tobey Maguire said he had never read a Spider-Man comic book but took the role because he liked the script.
The first film to gross $100 million in its opening weekend alone. At the time, no movie had done so, even when adjusted for inflation.
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.
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.
(at around 26 mins) 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) and "Shazam!" (DC's Captain Marvel, not to be confused with a same named Marvel Comics character). Tobey Maguire ad-libbed these lines, which were not in the original script.
By signing on for two sequels, Tobey Maguire secured himself a paycheck of $26 million.
After the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 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. Not all the posters were recovered, however, and the ones still at large are now highly prized collector's items.
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.
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.
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.
(at around 32 mins) One of Peter's sketches for his costume is of Marvel Comics superhero Stingray.
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.
David Fincher was asked to direct. His version would have told the origin story in the opening credits and would have been based on "The Night Gwen Stacy Died".
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.
Scenes of New Yorkers throwing trash at the Green Goblin and Spider-Man perched alongside the American flag were added after September 11, 2001 to reflect the city's sense of unity and patriotism.
(at around 56 mins) 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).
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 first scene filmed was when Peter returns from his field-trip, feverish after being bitten by the spider.
Spider-Man's webbing in the film is made out of foam materials and fishing line. It was also enhanced with CGI.
A welder building sets for the movie was killed on March 6, 2001 when a crane toppled onto a construction basket in which he was riding and struck him in the head.
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 on 11 September 2001, however, the trailer was changed.
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 web fluid that is actual proteinaceous spider-silk from his own wrists. 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.
(at around 16 mins) 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.
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 relieve himself without having to remove the entire costume.
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.
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).
(at around 35 mins) Outside the library, Uncle Ben tells Peter the famous words, "With great power comes great responsibility." This well-quoted line came from a 1962 published issue, although it was part of a narrative caption. When Spider-man's origin was retold once every few years, it was reassigned to Ben.
(at around 13 mins) 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.
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.
When James Franco joked about Tobey Maguire's 'frog-like' features on set, the latter was reportedly genuinely upset by Franco's comments. This created friction between the two actors, which led to the existing rivalry between them now - a rivalry that was admitted to by Maguire in interviews since the Spider-Man franchise.
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.
The font of the movie title was later used for the logo of the original PlayStation 3 model.
Peter Parker's possible costume designs were drawn by Phil Jimenez, an artist on DC's "Wonder Woman".
(at around 1h 27 mins) 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.
(at around 32 mins) 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 (and was then adopted by his enemy Venom), except that the spider insignia is red, not white. Peter's note on this sketch: "Needs more color."
Some of the actors considered to play J. Jonah Jameson included R. Lee Ermey, Hugh Laurie, Harve Presnell, Dennis Farina, Michael Keaton, Fred Ward, and Bill Paxton, before J.K. Simmons was cast. Stan Lee has said that he had always wanted to play J. Jonah Jameson and even auditioned for the role, but it was determined he wasn't right for the part. Lee would go onto be highly complimentary of J.K. Simmons's portrayal.
During the fight between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man near the end, Willem Dafoe accidentally clipped Tobey Maguire on the chin with one blow.
Elizabeth Banks auditioned for the role of Mary-Jane Watson before being cast as Betty Brant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(at around 59 mins) Peter mentions Dr. Curt Connors firing him. Connors then appears in the next few installments.
Chris Columbus was offered the director's chair but opted to make Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) instead.
Zach Hudson, the stunt double for Tobey Maguire, fractured his leg after a stunt went wrong and he slammed in to a brick wall.
When two studio executives were shown shots of the computer generated Spider-Man, they believed it was actually Tobey Maguire performing the stunts.
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," like a spider.
After the film's release, Marvel made a decision to have Peter Parker undergo a further mutation, which included having him shoot his own webbing, rather than use his artificial webbing from his webshooters which was met with some controversy. However, this was later undone in 2007 after the events of the One More Day storyline where Spider-Man would use his artificial webbing again.
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.
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.
The title page of David Koepp's April 14, 2000, draft of the screenplay included the disclaimer: "This material is the exclusive property of Columbia Pictures Entertainment. Unauthorized transfer, photocopying, or reading of this material will result in the growth of large, yellowy pustules on your fingertips and hands which, given your habitual self-abuse (did you think we didn't know?) will soon spread to your genitalia. Also, posting, reading, or discussing this screenplay on the Internet is a sure sign that you have failed to fill your empty life with worthwhile activities of your own and it may be too late for you. Don't blame us, you were warned."
(at around 29 mins) The scene when Peter and Mary Jane talk outside at night was shot at 4 am, and 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.
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 12/PG-13 rating.
In real life, J.K. Simmons is bald and clean shaved, which resulted in his wearing a wig and false moustache for the part of J Jonah Jameson. Despite the differences in appearance, Simmons said that following the movie's release complete strangers on the street would immediately react by identifying him as J Johah Jameson.
Kirsten Dunst decided to audition for MJ after learning that Tobey Maguire had been cast, feeling the film would have a more independent feel. She earned the role a month before shooting in an audition in Berlin.
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.
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.
Stan Lee's cameo originally had him asking Peter, "Hey kid, would you like a pair of these glasses? They're the kind they wore in X-Men (2000)."
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.
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 theatrical release of the movie ends with Aerosmith's cover of The Theme From Spider-Man (1967) that can be heard on the official soundtrack. For the DVD release it was changed to the original rendition of the theme.
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.
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.
The movie depicts Mary Jane as growing up next door to Peter and living with her parents. In the original story, Mary Jane was first introduced as the frequently visiting niece of the Parkers' neighbor Anna Watson, a best friend of Aunt May, but was never actually met by Peter until he was in college. However, in The Ultimate Spider Man, a comics reboot, Mary Jane was one of his neighbors earlier in life.
Before Willem Dafoe received the role of the Green Goblin, Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Mel Gibson, John Travolta, and Robert De Niro were offered the role. The role was originally intended to be played by Billy Crudup, who even dropped out of other projects to act in this film, but he was considered too young to play the part of Norman Osborn and was declined the role. Many other actors, including De Niro, Gibson and Travolta, turned down the role. De Niro was also considered for Otto Octavius/Dr. Octopus, (another villain), in the sequel. The final actor in line to play Norman was Bill Paxton, but Sam Raimi was finally convinced that Dafoe was right for the part after a few meetings. Paxton's father still appears in the film as Osborn's elderly housekeeper.
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).
The construction crew for the art department spent almost a year building the 100 sets needed for the film.
Bleu's song "Somebody Else" was originally written to be the theme for a different superhero, Superman for the TV series Smallville (2001).
(at around 1h 6 mins) During the World Unity parade, a billboard for Terminix can be seen, one of many insect-related inside jokes.
Norman Osborn's home is decorated with masks from around the world. The filmmakers did this to suggest that Norman is a collector of masks, thus offering an explanation for how he was able to provide a mask for his Green Goblin outfit.
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.
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.
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.
(at around 1h 26 mins) When Peter Parker is on his ceiling hiding from Mr. Osborn, a green sweatshirt with a beaver insignia can be seen on the ground. This is a sweatshirt from Sam Raimi's childhood camp, Tamakwa.
Stan Lee said in a radio interview that he thought John Cusack would be a perfect choice to play Spiderman/Peter Parker.
Tobey Maguire was approached for the film largely as a result of his performance in The Cider House Rules (1999). Sam Raimi felt that Maguire's performance in the film embodied much of the character and personal traits he was looking for in Peter/Spider-Man.
Kate Hudson and Tara Reid were considered for the role of Mary Jane Watson. Hudson was a heavy favorite for the role but turned it down in order to appear in The Four Feathers (2002).
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 Films would begin principal photography for the film on Nov. 14, 1988.
The film is based on a crossover of both the Ultimate Spider-Man comic series and the original Amazing Spider-Man series. For instance, this incarnation of Mary Jane Watson is from Ultimate Spider-Man #1, while this version of the Green Goblin/Norman Osborne is from The Amazing Spider-Man #17.
On a 2014 edition of The Pete Holmes Show (2013), Joe Manganiello revealed that he was offered $100 by two crew members to actually punch Tobey Maguire in the face during their fight scene. Fearing that he would never work again, he did not do it.
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 the idea of having a red emblem over a black costume.
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 regimen and a specific diet for five months.
(at around 1h 27 mins) The Thanksgiving scene when Aunt May puts the turkey in front of Norman imitates the Norman Rockwell painting "Freedom From Want".
The Moondance Diner where Mary Jane Watson works is the same one that "Rent" author Jonathan Larson, and his muse Jesse L. Martin, worked at prior to quitting to pursue a career writing musicals.
(at around 1h 4 mins) 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."
(at around 57 mins) The Moondance Diner where Mary Jane works at as a waitress was actually the diner where Courteney Cox from Friends (1994) (Monica) worked as a line cook in real life.
Wes Bentley was considered for the role of Peter/Spider-Man, and was widely viewed as the choice of most fans for the part.
Although they play high school seniors, Tobey Maguire was 26, James Franco was 23 and Kirsten Dunst was 20 at the time of filming.
(at around 1h 9 mins) 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."
(at around 27 mins) 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.
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.
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. Oddly enough, his basic story line was used in 2012 in the reboot The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
(at around 59 mins) A sign in front of Peter Parker and Harry Osborn's apartment building reads Webstring Platform.
In 1985, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, heads of Cannon Films, bought the rights to make a Spider-Man film. However, they thought Spider-Man was a monster rather than superhero, similar to the Wolf Man. They enlisted The Outer Limits (1963) creator Leslie Stevens to write a script based on their misconstrued notion of the character. Stevens' script involved a scientist subjecting Peter Parker to radiation, transforming him into an eight-armed tarantula-like creature. Stan Lee, disapproving of this version, suggested a different story involving Doc Ock that was similar to the plot of Spider-Man 2 (2004). Tobe Hooper was considered to direct, and the proposed cast was Tom Cruise as Peter Parker, Bob Hoskins as Doc Ock, Stan Lee as J. Jonah Jameson, and either Lauren Bacall or Katharine Hepburn as Aunt May. The project was scrapped after the box office failure of Cannon's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).
Willem Dafoe's own face bears an uncanny resemblance to the original Green Goblin mask from the comics, designed almost 40 years before he was cast in the role.
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).
The film marked the first live action to depict many of Spider-Man's longtime regular supporting characters (Uncle Ben, Mary Jane Watson, Betty Brandt, Flash Thompson, Norman and Harry Osborn). The Amazing Spider-Man (1977) live action TV series, which Stan Lee found dissatisfying, had largely eschewed the comic book supporting characters in favor of ones created for the TV show.
(at around 6 mins) The jumping spider that Peter attempts to take a picture of is an Avondale Spider, the same type used in Arachnophobia (1990).
(at around 32 mins) 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.
(at around 55 mins) During the montage of Spider-Man's heroics that featured interviews with New Yorkers, the construction workers were real, and so was the guitar player in the subway station.
Not depicted in the movie, was that in the original comics series, Flash Thompson idolized Spider-Man, while tormenting Peter, naturally unaware that Peter was Spider-Man. In addition, Flash was shown out growing his bullying and actually becoming a close friend of Peter. No such development is depicted (or hinted at) in the movie or either of the sequels (neither in which Flash is prominent, although he makes a brief appearance at the funeral in Spider-Man 3 (2007)).
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.
Cliff Robertson's first film for Columbia Pictures in 25 years. The studio had blacklisted him since 1977 when he discovered that his own signature had been forged on a check written by a studio executive, which he was using to embezzle money from them. Columbia wanted to sweep the scandal under the rug, but Robertson spoke publicly about it.
(at around 36 mins) When Uncle Ben drops Peter off to go to the library, a bus can be seen driving by with a promotional advertisement that reads, "The Producers," a Mel Brooks stage musical. Brooks later sued Sony Pictures Entertainment for unwanted advertisement in motion-picture space.
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Cliff Robertson, J.K. Simmons and Octavia Spencer; and three Oscar nominees: Willem Dafoe, Rosemary Harris and James Franco.
WILHELM SCREAM: (at around 36 mins) As Peter enters the wrestling arena, the wrestler slams his opponent to the deck. The Wilhelm Scream is barely audible, but definitely there.
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.
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 Studios 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.
Cliff Robertson, who plays Uncle Ben, had previously appeared as Shame, a gunfighter villain on Batman (1966) show. This makes him a rare example of someone who has appeared on screen in both Marvel and DC productions.
In the comics, Peter gets his powers from a radioactive spider. In real life this spider would die once it became radioactive. However, in this movie the spider that bites Peter is a genetically-designed "super-spider," one which has the best abilities of various types of spiders. Genetic engineering is a real area of scientific study, and there have been cross-breeding experiments to combine the DNA of animals. Therefore, it is at least theoretically possible that there could be a "spider man."
Sam Raimi was a longtime comic book fan, who earlier expressed interest in directing Batman (1989), and created Darkman (1990) for himself to direct. Stan Lee noted Raimi's extensive knowledge of Spider-Man upon announcements of his being named the film's Director.
Frankie Muniz and Topher Grace were considered for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Grace would later play Venom in the third film.
Sam Raimi was not Sony's first choice as director. Others considered were Chris Columbus, Tony Scott, Jan de Bont, James Cameron, Roland Emmerich, Ang Lee, David Fincher and M. Night Shyamalan.
In the comics, Peter Parkers's eyes are brown (or hazel) and Harry Osborne's eyes are blue. In real life, Tobey Maguire's eyes are blue and James Franco's eyes are brown, in opposite to their characters.
Rosemary Harris later appeared with Marisa Tomei, one of her successors as Aunt May Parker, in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007).
The balloons at the Unity Festival were made by Aerostar International, Inc., in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The camera that Peter Parker uses is a 1981 Canon New F-1 SLR, with the Canon logo blacked out.
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 film was supposed to feature Doctor Octopus and Green Goblin. However, Sam Raimi decided against using two villains, to focus on a more straight forward story. Doc Ock would later be used in the sequel.
Peter Parker's room is wallpapered with spider web wallpaper. Best to view this is when Parker is practicing shooting his web in his room for the first time.
The writers Alvin Sargent & Scott Rosenberg contribute to the last uncredited re-write on the shooting script.
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).
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.
The studio had expressed interest in actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Furlong, Jude Law, Freddie Prinze Jr., Chris Klein, Wes Bentley and Heath Ledger for Spider-Man. Furlong had been considered by James Cameron for the role in 1996, while Sam Raimi joked of Prinze that "[he] won't even be allowed to buy a ticket to see this film." In addition, actors Scott Speedman, Jay Rodan and James Franco were involved in screen tests for the lead role with Franco later being cast as Harry Osborn.
(at around 57 mins) The famous New York extra Craig Castaldo (aka Radioman) can be seen outside the Moondance diner when MJ exits.
(at around 37 mins) Octavia Spencer plays the check-in-girl at the wrestling match.
R. Lee Ermey and Dennis Farina were considered for the role of J. Jonah Jameson before J.K. Simmons was cast.
Sam Raimi's wife, Gillian Greene, watched The Cider House Rules, and insisted Raimi cast Tobey Maguire after seeing his performance in the film. Despite the studio wanting to cast Jude Law.
Willem Dafoe had to be fitted with prosthetic teeth when he took the role of Norman Osbourne. Producers didn't feel a person as rich as Norman Osbourne couldnt afford to get his teeth straightened out. Willem Dafoe's real teeth can be seen in the scene where Norman Osbourne is having a conversation with himself in the mirror.
This is the second of two films that Octavia Spencer and James Franco have appeared in together. The first was Never Been Kissed (1999).
The original design of the Green Goblin was originally closer to the comics, and was to be made up with prosthetics; complete with green skin, a pointed chin and ears, fangs, and yellow pupil-less eyes. After a series of screen tests (which can be found on youtube), the design was scrapped, being deemed too disturbing for a film that wanted to be just as accessible to kids as it was for adults.
Peter Parker does not take on the identity of Spider-Man until 54 minutes into the film.
Tobey Maguire was reportedly fired by Sony executives for faking a spinal injury to increase his pay for the spider man's sequel. He was almost replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal before apologizing the producers and director Sam Raimi.
Of all the Spider-Man films made (even including The Amazing series and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)), which all were filmed in widescreen 2.39:1, this is the only installment to be filmed, entirely, in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio, although The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) had sequences that have been Specially Formatted in IMAX 1.90:1.
(at around 1h 29 mins) Harry, at the Thanksgiving party says about his father "If I'm lucky, I'll become half of what he is!" Foreshadowing the third film.
Leonardo DiCaprio was considered for the role of Peter Parker/Spiderman, he later appeared with Tobey Maguire in The Great Gatsby (2013).
Before being cast as Harry Osborn, James Franco originally auditioned for the role of Spiderman. He was cast in the role of Harry Osborn after Raimi's wife Gillian Greene saw his audition and thought he would be perfect for the role.
John Malkovich was considered for the role of Norman Osborn/Green Goblin and met with director Sam Raimi.
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One of Peter's attempted go-to phrases include up, up and away (from Superman) and Shazam, Billy Batson's phrase and new name (formerly Captain Marvel). Both Shazam and the MCU's Captain Marvel would be released 17 years later.
CAA agent Steve Alexander stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that Heath Ledger was the first choice for Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the major motion picture. Heath ultimately declined the role stating that he would be "taking someone else's dream away."
Stan Lee: (at around 1h 7 mins) The creator of Spider-Man appears in the scene where the Green Goblin attacks the balcony at the World Unity Festival.
Nicholas Hammond: actor who played Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man (1977) is at the World Unity Festival.
Lucy Lawless: (at around 55 mins) as a punk girl. Sam Raimi executive produced Lawless in Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)).
Bruce Campbell: (at around 37 mins) the wrestling referee who gives Peter the name The Amazing Spider-Man. Campbell makes a cameo appearance in each Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie, but always as a different character.
Sumner Redstone: (at around 1h 3 mins) the chairman of Viacom appears in a non-speaking role as an Oscorp board member.
Sam Raimi: [car] The 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88, also known as The Classic, appears in the movie as Uncle Ben's car.
Sam Raimi: [mirror] Dual personalities of one person looking in a mirror, also exhibited in Evil Dead II (1987), directed by Sam Raimi.
Sam Raimi: [supporting cast] Cameo appearances by longtime friends Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless, and by brother Ted Raimi.
Sam Raimi: [whip pan camera shot] (at around 1h 26 mins) when Norman Osborn walks into Peter Parker's bedroom.
Sam Raimi: [shaky cam shot] This technique, created by Raimi, is used on a shot of the Green Goblin.