Down 58 this week

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  30 June 2004 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 374,905 users   Metascore: 83/100
Reviews: 1,299 user | 297 critic | 41 from Metacritic.com

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.



(comic book), (comic book), 4 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Video

Won 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Spider-Man (2002)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.

Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
X-Men 2 (2003)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry
X-Men (2000)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father's legacy.

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow
Iron Man (2008)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, an industrialist creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A look at Wolverine's early life, in particular his time with the government squad Team X and the impact it will have on his later years.

Director: Gavin Hood
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When New York is put under siege by Oscorp, it is up to Spider-Man to save the city he swore to protect as well as his loved ones.

Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.

Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry


Cast overview, first billed only:


Peter Parker is an unhappy man: after two years of fighting crime as Spider-Man, his life has begun to fall apart. The girl he loves is engaged to someone else, his grades are slipping, he cannot keep any of his jobs, and on top of it, the newspaper Daily Bugle is attacking him viciously, claiming that Spider-Man is a criminal. He reaches the breaking point and gives up the crime fighter's life, once and for all. But after a failed fusion experiment, eccentric and obsessive scientist Dr. Otto Octavius is transformed into super villain Doctor Octopus, Doc Ock for short, having four long tentacles as extra hands. Peter guesses it might just be time for Spider-Man to return, but would he act upon it? Written by Soumitra

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sacrifice See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for stylized action violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





| |

Release Date:

30 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spider-Man 2 Lives  »

Box Office


$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$115,817,364 (USA) (2 July 2004)


$373,377,893 (USA) (12 November 2004)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (DVD extended cut)

Sound Mix:

| | (8 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


30 "nondescript" cars were purchased for use by the film's stunt drivers to wreck during action sequences. By the end of filming, all 30 had been destroyed. See more »


When Dr. Octavius' experiment goes awry and the reactor begins pulling all metal objects into itself, a close-up of Rosie shows that her dangling earrings are still swinging freely as she moves her head. See more »


[first lines]
Peter Parker: [narrating] She looks at me everyday. Mary Jane Watson. Oh boy! If she only knew how I felt about her. But she can never know. I made a choice once to live a life of responsibility. A life she can never be a part of. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man, given a job to do. And I'm Peter Parker, and I too have a job.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the closing credits, a remix of the theme song from the original Spider-Man animated series is played. See more »


Featured in Honest Trailers: The Spider-Man Trilogy (2014) See more »


The Demonstration
Written and Produced by Christopher Young and Danny Elfman
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A Fan's Dream Come True
30 June 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I went to the midnight show last night and was completely blown away !! I am 30 years old and had begun reading the Amazing Spider-Man back when I was 11 and leaving the theater last night, I felt like I was a kid again- I was amazed, I was in awe, I really felt... satisfied.

Every scene crackled. There was an energy, there was an effort put into every moment of the movie. No scene went on too long, no plot holes fell through. It was the comic, come alive.

Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire did a great job of making Peter Parker sympathetic, you feel for him, you wince with him, he is the boy, becoming a man, and you watch it, and you keep watching it.

Even as a long-time fan who knew where some of the story lines were going- with MJ, with Harry Osborne- to see HOW the movie chose to play out these stories, provided great surprises for me, I almost wished I didn't know... I can't wait to see the reactions of my friends who haven't followed the Spider-man comics, the twist of the story and the hints at what is to come...

A great movie. Great fun. Great story. Great action. A blockbuster movie. You leave the theater, definitely feeling like you got your money's worth !

240 of 314 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Critically beloved, but not so much from the fans? KenYeezy
The Best Spidey rjsf96
What would you have done differently about this series? jd51690
It's now 7.4? guiltygriffyboy
Why is this movie's rating dropping so much? jrutter5
Why MJ doesn't defend Spiderman ? rc1990
Discuss Spider-Man 2 (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page