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Spider-Man
Spider-Man franchise logo
Directed by Sam Raimi
Produced by Laura Ziskin
Avi Arad
Alvin Sargent
Screenplay by David Koepp
(Spider-Man)
Alvin Sargent
(Spider-Man 2 & 3)
Ivan Raimi
(Spider-Man 3)
Sam Raimi
(Spider-Man 3)
Starring Tobey Maguire
Willem Dafoe
Kirsten Dunst
James Franco
Rosemary Harris
Alfred Molina
Thomas Haden Church
Topher Grace
Bryce Dallas Howard
Dylan Baker
Music by Danny Elfman
(Spider-Man 1 & 2)
Christopher Young
(Spider-Man 3)
Cinematography Don Burgess
(Spider-Man)
Bill Pope
(Spider-Man 2-3)
Editing by Arthur Coburn
(Spider-Man)
Bob Murawski
(Spider-Man 1-3)
Studio Marvel Studios
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) 2002 – 2007
Country United States
Language English
Running time 388 minutes
Budget $597 million
Box office $2,496,346,518

The Spider-Man franchise is a three movie trilogy based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name, portrayed by Tobey Maguire. The rights to a motion picture based on Spider-Man were purchased in 1985 and moved through various production companies and studios, at one point having James Cameron to direct.

Sony hired Sam Raimi to direct the films. Through the series, Peter Parker developed a relationship with his high school crush Mary Jane Watson, and as Spider-Man, battled villains such as the Green Goblin , Doctor Octopus, New Goblin, Sandman, and Venom. The first two films were meeted with positive reviews from critics, while the third film meeted mixed to postive reviews. While the films' central storylines have been concluded, the studio plans to develop more films continuing Spider-Man's adventures. Raimi's trilogy, produced on a total budget of US$597 million, grossed nearly $2.5 billion worldwide.

FilmsEdit

Spider-Man (2002)Edit

Main article: Spider-Man (film)

Spider-Man follows Peter Parker, an orphaned high schooler who pines after popular girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson. While on a science class field trip, Peter is bitten by a genetically-engineered "super spider." As a result, Peter gains superhuman abilities, including increased strength, speed, and the abilities to scale walls and generate organic webbing. After his beloved Uncle Ben is murdered, a murder Peter could have easily prevented, the teenager realizes that he must use his newfound abilities to protect New York City. Meanwhile, wealthy industrialist Norman Osborn, the father of Peter's best friend Harry Osborn, subjects himself to an experimental performance-enhancing serum, which creates a psychotic and murderous split personality. Donning a military battlesuit, Norman becomes the freakish "Green Goblin", who begins to terrorize the city. Peter, as Spider-Man, now must do battle with the Goblin, all while trying to express his true feelings for Mary Jane.

Spider-Man 2 (2004)Edit

Main article: Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 picks up two years after the events of the first film. Struggling to balance both his superhero life and private civilian life, Peter still pines after Mary Jane, who is now engaged, and Harry continues to thirst for revenge against Spider-Man. As the stress of his dual life causes Peter's superpowers to wane, the hero must contend with the presence of Doctor Octopus, a mad scientist with four mechanical tentacles fused to his spine who sets out to recreate a dangerous fusion-based experiment that could destroy half of New York City. As the villain rampages across the city, Peter must choose between living the normal life he desires or committing to his responsibility to protect New York as Spider-Man.

Spider-Man 3 (2007)Edit

Main article: Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 picks up months after the events of the second film. The film finds Peter basking in the spotlight as Spider-Man, and finding a balance between being a superhero and being with his love, Mary Jane Watson. Harry finally decides to take his revenge by setting up Mary Jane, then becomes The New Goblin like his father the original Green Goblin, and threatens the elements of Peter's life. Eddie Brock, another photographer for the Daily Bugle, sets out on a mission to defame Spider-Man and incriminate him. Flint Marko, an escaped convict, falls into a particle accelerator and becomes a shape-shifting sand monster later known as The Sandman. He sets out to steal money for his chronically ill daughter. Peter later learns that Marko is the one that killed Uncle Ben, causing Peter's own dark intentions to grow. This vendetta is enhanced by the appearance of the mysterious black alien symbiotic substance that bonds to Peter, resulting in the formation of a new, jet-black costume. Once Peter separates himself from the alien, it finds a new host in the form of Brock, resulting in the creation of Venom.

Spider-Man 4 (2011)Edit

Main article: Spider-Man 4

Spider-Man 4 is a film which has to set being released in 2011, Please read more from the article here.

Cast and crew Edit

See also: List of Spider-Man cast members

ReceptionEdit

Box office performanceEdit

The three Spider-Man films set new opening day records in the United States in their theatrical debuts. The films are at the top of the domestic rankings of films based on Marvel comics, with Spider-Man ranking first, Spider-Man 2 ranking second, and Spider-Man 3 ranking third. Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 are also domestically ranked second, third and fourth for all superhero films, with the third film ranking second worldwide for superhero films (behind The Dark Knight). In the United States, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3 are respectively the most successful films produced by Sony/Columbia.

Critical reaction Edit

David Ansen of Newsweek enjoyed Spider-Man as a fun film to watch, though he considered Spider-Man 2 to be "a little too self-important for its own good". Ansen saw Spider-Man 3 as a return to form, finding it "the most grandiose chapter and the nuttiest". Tom Charity of CNNappreciated the films' "solidly redemptive moral convictions", also noting the vast improvement of the visual effects from the first film to the third. While he saw the second film's Doc Ock as the "most engaging" villain, he applauded the third film's Sandman as "a triumph of CGI wizardry". Richard Corliss of Time enjoyed the action of the films and thought that they did better than most action movies by "rethinking the characters, the franchise and the genre".

Colin Covert of the Star Tribune praised Spider-Man as a "superb debut" of the superhero as well as Spider-Man 2 as a "superior sequel" for filmgoers who are fans "of spectacle and of story". Covert expressed disappointment in Spider-Man 3 as too ambitious with the multiple storylines leaving one "feeling overstuffed yet shortchanged". Manohla Dargis of The New York Times enjoyed the humor of the first two films, but found it missing in the third installment. Dargis also noted, "The bittersweet paradox of this franchise is that while the stories have grown progressively less interesting the special effects have improved tremendously." Robert Denerstein of the Rocky Mountain News ranked the films from his favorite to his least favorite: Spider-Man 2Spider-Man, and Spider-Man 3. While Denerstein missed the presence of Alfred Molina as Doc Ock from the second film, he found the third film – despite being "bigger, though not necessarily better" – to have a "satisfying conclusion".

Home media release Edit

All three films were released on DVD, the first two being released exclusively as two-disc sets, with the third film being released in both single and two-disc editions. All three films were later packaged in a "Motion Picture DVD Trilogy" boxed set.

Spider-Man 3 is the only Spider-Man film to be released individually on the high definition Blu-ray format. The first two films are available on Blu-ray, but only as part of a boxed set with the third film called Spider-Man: The High Definition Trilogy.

All three films are available in the U.S. iTunes store.

The first two films were also released on VHS.



Raimi Film Series
Films: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3
Characters: Spider-Man | Mary Jane Watson | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Gwen Stacy | Robbie Robertson | Betty Brant | Curt Connors | Flash Thompson | Dr. Stromm | Mr. Ditkovich | Ursula Ditkovich | Maximillian Fargas | Henry Balkan | Rosalie Octavius | Hoffman | Bernard Houseman | Mr. Aziz | Bonesaw McGraw
Enemies: The Green Goblin | Doctor Octopus | The Sandman | New Goblin | Venom | The Carjacker
Locations: The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Technologies | Quest Aerospace | Osborn Penthouse | Goblin Lair
Video Games: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3

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