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

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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

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This summer a man will face his destiny. A hero will be revealed See more »

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Action | Adventure

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

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Spider-Man 2 Lives  »

Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,377,737 (Italy) (17 September 2004)

Gross:

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

According to the novelization:
  • when Spider-Man shows up at Doctor Octavius' failed experiment, Harry assumes he's the reason why it failed.


  • Doc Ock thinks he's helping Aunt May by giving her a quick death, rather than a slow one of old age.


  • the arms speak to Doctor Octopus. They even regard him as a father, something omitted from the film. The closest it ever gets to that in the movie is when Doc Ock says he hears voices inside his head. They also say things like Spidey interfered in his experiment because he was jealous of Otto's success.


  • Uncle Ben appears to Peter frequently, rather than a single dream sequence in the movie.


  • when Doc Ock tries to rob the bank and Peter abandons Aunt May, she assumes that the reason he runs away is to call the police, rather than out of cowardice.


  • the lift scene initially had Spider-Man sharing it with a whole crowd of people, and not just one person. When Peter tells the man he made the suit himself, the novelization tells us he got it from the brother of The Flying Dutchman, the rival wrestler of Bone-Saw, who Peter fought in the first film. He offered his services after Peter beat up Bone-Saw.


  • the police couldn't confirm Uncle Ben's murderer because there were no eyewitnesses. Peter couldn't come forward because of his involvement.


  • in the opening scene, when Peter is late for his pizza delivery job because of a disturbance, we learn that the disturbance came from a man on a construction site nearly crushed by a falling girder.


  • Mary-Jane met John Jameson at Enriques, the diner MJ worked at in the first film. A trucker pinched her bottom and she dumped a plate of spaghetti in his lap. When Enrique demanded she apologise, she was thinking of caving in when John stepped in. His car battery had died, and he was waiting for a tow-truck. He pretended to be an FBI agent causing Enrique to back down, and MJ quit her job. They started seeing each other not long after.


  • Mary-Jane's parents have split up since the first film. Apparently Mr. Watson has changed slightly since the divorce.


  • MJ's line "You can't get off if you never got on" sounded suggestive in her mind.


  • When Peter goes to see a doctor, it's at the university's student health services department. His name is Dr Wally Davis, and he's more emotional in the book. He even sees a therapist.


  • Instead of stealing the money to fund his experiment, Doctor Octopus broke into classified government installations for what he needed. They couldn't risk exposure so they couldn't argue. The tentacles also tapped into an illegal power hookup.


  • Peter muses that all the women in his life wind up dangling from a ledge sometime. E.g. Aunt May taken hostage by Doc Ock, Mary-Jane during the Green Goblin's attack on Times Square. It also bothers Peter that he always photographs MJ with other men. In the case of John more so, because he hasn't done half of the heroic things Peter has done, and he's still celebrated as a hero. While Spider-Man is demonized by the press.


  • Although Jameson is ecstatic that Spider-Man has given up, in the novelization he's secretly not that happy about it, because Spider-Man sells more editions of the Daily Bugle than any other celebrity, and now that he's gone, sales figures for the Bugle have gone into a tailspin.


  • When Peter goes to get his suit back, he was secretly listening to Jameson's eulogy before he took it. Apparently, Jameson had it dry-cleaned so it felt better than ever.


  • Apparently when Peter was a young boy, he distrusted his Aunt May after his mother died. But in the reconciliation scene, he begins to wonder if May knows his secret. In that same scene, because he moves a desk with ease, that's what prompts him to try and jump the gap between two buildings, thinking his powers have returned. He doesn't fall on a car though.


  • 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. In the scene 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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Goofs

During the car chase, the criminal in the passenger seat first fires a shotgun at the police, and then when he notices Spider-Man, he pumps the action, but begins to fire some form of fully automatic weapon (a shotgun is not an automatic). In the next shot of the car, he is still holding the shotgun, but continues to fire it like an automatic. See more »

Quotes

[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.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Theme from Spider Man
Written by Bob Harris and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Michael Bublé
Courtesy of 143/Reprise Records
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A Flawless Super Hero Movie
30 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is what a good summer movie should be.

Spider-Man 2 transcends the boundaries of being just another comic book movie to being a richly character driven movie with a very conflicted hero. Here, for the first time, we see the actual emotion behind the facade of the hero behind the mask. Gone is the richly colorful look of the first part, here in Spider-Man 2, we are plunged into a world of shadows and off colors.

Picking up two years after the first Spider-Man left off, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) has his hands full with three full-time jobs. He is going to school full time, he is working full time to pay off his rent, and he is a hero always on call whenever he hears a siren. Not to mention, we see the emotional toll that has been taken on him, his only surviving family member, his Aunt May (Rosemary Harris), has become consumed with grief and loss over the death of her husband (incidentally, creating Spider-Man in the first part), Peter's friend Norman Osborne (James Franco) is now at odds with him since he has become consumed with revenge over Spider-Man killing his father (the Green Goblin), and his love affair with Mary Jane-Watson (Kirsten Dunst) is slowly being extinguished because he is never there for her to return the feelings she has for him. And this is all in the first fifteen minutes of the film.

As Spider-Man, Parker is even in danger of losing his powers as his exhaustion slowly begins to take over. Is it medical or is it because he has stretched himself too thin? Eventually, Peter decides to give up being Spider-Man to finally bring peace into his life. There is a brilliant sequence in this film when we see Parker returning to his alter-ego from the first part before the mutated spider bite as he puts on his glasses again, clouding his vision to the world around him. When he sees someone being beaten up in an alley, he turns around to walk away. When the familiar sirens fly past him again, he just eats a hot dog. In short, Parker has finally succumbed to being a New Yorker.

In the midst of all of this, we see the creation of a new villain, this time in the form of a deranged scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), who has four frighteningly powerful arms welded to his spine after a disaster with his life's work. This disaster not only turns the Doctor into Dr. Octopus (Doc Ock as the papers call him), but the artificially intelligent arms seemed fuse to his id, placating his desires to not want his life's work to be a failure. Doc Ock will try again at the expense of anyone around him.

The standout here is Tobey Maguire, who can convey the film's entire heart with a look or a gesture, but is most heart-wrenchingly done in his hesitations. For a man so used to having quick reflexes, when he has to slow down and realize what is going on around him, we are instantly in his head. Maguire also has to command the screen as Spider-Man and convince the audience that he can stand up to someone like Octavius and not seem fantastic.

Sam Raimi also does a knock-out job as well, knowing when to hold on a character's face long enough or swinging the camera along with Spider-Man to give the audience the exhilaration of flight. Raimi is more than competent enough to give this movie the look and feel of a moving comic book and by utilizing his most signature camera shot (zooming into and out of the character's eyes), the audience is invited to live for a moment in the tights of a superhero.

Spider-Man 2 has so many great messages to be heard in this film, the best of which seems to draw both Peter and Octavius together in the end: In order for the right thing to be done, does it mean that we have to put away what we want the most? In both cases, there are some strong arguments and that is what makes this movie such a surprise is the depth that it possesses. Seemingly, we have entered the bizarro world of sequels, where they seem to surpass the original (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Toy Story 2, etc) and Spider-Man 2 definitely joins these ranks. Perhaps in allowing a series to expand rather than compliment the original, we can expect more depth out of movies, which has been as equally absent in this day and age as heroes as Spider-Man 2 also suggests.


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