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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  30 June 2004 (USA)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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)

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Technical Specs


| (DVD extended cut)

Sound Mix:

| | (8 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Production designer Neil Spisak and his art department had to dress more than 100 sets and locations for the film. See more »


When Doctor Octavius is taken to hospital in an ambulance after the accident, how did the medics fit him in there with those enormous tentacles on his back? 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.
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Crazy Credits

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Love is the Sweetest Thing
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Performed by Peter Cincotti and The Peter Cincotti Trio
Courtesy of Concord Records
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User Reviews

Well worth the wait, what a movie!
30 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spider-Man 2 picks up where the original film left off, this time showing the more difficult hardships of being a superhero. Standing in the way is Dr. Otto Octavius(Doc Ock) a brilliant scientist whose fusion experiment goes awry at a demonstration Peter attends.

The story, and characters are fleshed out more this time out, as well as the effects. Kirsten Dunst is more convincing as MJ, she seemed a little flat in the role last time. Here she, like the rest of the cast, do a convincing job. The top performance has to go to Alfred Molina. In the short screen time Otto has before he becomes a diabolical powerhouse supervillain, he is an endearing, likable person. Spider-Man 2 also offers more confidence in it's story telling. The "raindrops" sequence is an evident example. Not afraid to go full nine, this movie is the definitive comic book movie, possessing action, drama, comedy, and message(without being too preachy). Director Sam Raimi and crew really nailed it this time around. Be sure to check out comic artist Alex Ross' paintings spliced in the opening credits, entailing the events of the first film. A great opening to a great film.

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