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- This article is about Spider-Man from the Sam Raimi film series. For other Spider-Man incarnations, check out the disambiguation.
|“||Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: "With great power comes great responsibility." This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man.||„|
|~ Peter Parker aka Spider-Man.|
|“||I'm gonna put some dirt in your eye.||„|
|~ Peter Parker while being possessed by the Venom Symbiote.|
Spider-Man (real name Peter Benjamin Parker) is the titular protagonist of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy. He was a high school student who was bitten by a genetically altered "super" spider while on a school field trip. Endowed with the proportionate powers and abilities of a spider, he intended to use them for good; thus becoming the crime-fighting superhero, Spider-Man.
He was portrayed by Tobey Maguire in all three films and the actor reprised the role in the video game counterparts.
|“||"No matter what I do, no matter how hard I try. The ones I love will always be the ones who pay,"||„|
|~ Peter Parker|
Peter Parker, as Spider-Man, is shown to be a brave and righteous hero with an indomitable sense of justice and responsibility. Since the death of his wise and beloved Uncle Ben, Peter's vow of responsibility had led him to a path of heroism and humanitarian.
To those in the authorities, Spider-Man was shown to be an outlaw and vigilante, someone just as dangerous as those he brought in. Over the years, Spider-Man gradually became respected by the authorities, those are the NYPD and NYFD, as well as the citizens of New York City, despite J. Jonah Jameson considering him as a masked menace on the Daily Bugle newspaper.
Spider-Man is individualistic as he works by himself, this was caused when he was a social outcast in his youth. This had gradually lessened when he became best friends with Harry Osborn and then the boyfriend of Mary Jane.
Peter was originally shy and awkward towards his life-long crush Mary Jane Watson, as he had a hard time talking to her and making conversations with her. Since he didn't want her to get hurt by his enemies, he wanted to be friends with her, but after Mary Jane discovers his superhero identity, she decides to be with him no matter what risks can be caused.
When the Venom Symbiote bonded to him, it unleashed his dark and vengeful side when he fought Sandman in the subway in a relentless way. The suit possessed him which made him beat up Harry at his penthome after he blackmailed Mary Jane to "break up" with him and taunted him how his dad saw him as a failure, including throwing a pumpkin bomb at him, disfiguring the right side of Harry's face.
Under the influence of the symbiote, he temporarily became arrogant and aggressive when he revealed Eddie Brock's fake photos to the Daily Bugle, getting him fired and unintentionally striked Mary Jane at the Jazz Club. He realized that the symbiote was controlling him, making his friends suffer the same way it did it for Peter. He did the right thing of rejecting and getting rid of the symbiote in a church, returning back to his true personality.
After defeating Venom and Sandman along with the death of his best friend Harry Osborn, Peter realizes that whatever battle-raging inside himself and everyone he loves, he and his loved ones always had a choice. This was when Harry taught him and he will always choose to do what was right.
Peter has a caring side when near the end of Spider-Man 3, he eventually decided that it was time to mend his relationship with Mary Jane, which she returned as the two rekindled their romance and were back as a couple.
Powers and Abilities
- Spider Physiology: Due to being bitten by a genetically altered super spider, Peter Parker had now gained the proportionate powers of a spider. He has increased strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, reflexes, healing, and highly acute senses. He has a "spider-sense" that alerts him to danger, produce organic webbing from his wrists and scale on walls. His powers include:
- Spider-Sense: Spider-Man possesses precognitive danger senses, as he can quickly dodge any form of attacks just after sensing them; it warns him of impending danger by the manifestation of a prickling sensation in the base of his skull, and links with his superhuman kinesthetics, enabling him to evade most injuries unless he cognitively overrides his automatic reflexes. The precise nature of this sense is unknown. It appears to be a simultaneous clairvoyant response of phenomena - from falling safes to speeding bullets to thrown punches - which has given several hundredths of a second warning, which is sufficient time for his reflexes to allow him to avoid injury. The sense can also create a general response on the order of several hours: he can discern the nature of the threat by the sensation and the severity of the danger by the strength of his response to it. Spider-Man's spider-sense is directional and can guide him to or away from hidden or disguised weapons and enemies. Sudden and extreme threats can cause his spider-sense to react with painful intensity. The spider-sense also gives him psychological awareness of his surroundings, Spider-Man can also sense and dodge attacks directed randomly or by a computer. Using his spider-sense to time his enhanced reflexes, Spider-Man can casually dodge attacks up to and including automatic-weapons fire, even at point-blank. His spider-sense is sufficiently well-linked to his reflexes to the point that a threat can trigger them even when Spider-Man is asleep or stunned. His spider-sense has helped him preserve his secret identity since it alerts him to observers or cameras when changing into or out of his costume. The spider-sense does not react to those who Peter does not consider to be a threat, such as Aunt May. Spider-Man can choose to ignore his spider-sense through intense concentration, though it gets difficult as more threatening the danger is, and it can lose some effectiveness if he is exhausted or distracted. Spider-Man's fighting style incorporates the advantage that his "spider-sense" provides him. His body begins to produce more adrenaline after the sense is triggered, an extension of the "fight or flight syndrome". Even that he does not have the use of his eyes, Spider-Man can still use his spider-sense to help him see by sensing the direction it is coming from by gauging on the intensity of the sense prickle in the relation of the direction he is moving. The spider-sense is also completely passive and endlessly uncontrollable.
- Superhuman Strength: Spider-Man possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift approximately 20 tons. Spider-Man's physical strength is sufficient to lift and throw objects as heavy as most standard automobiles with ease. He must also pull his punches and kicks unless fighting someone of similar or greater physical durability. Otherwise, his blows would prove fatal to a normal human being. Spider-Man's physical strength also extends into his legs, enabling him to be able to jump to a height of several stories in a single bound. Spider-Man has shown impressive feats of strength. Such as when he was able to hold a cable-car full of children with one arm and show no sign of stress. He was also able to send Flash Thompson flying many meters with a single punch. Also, Spidey was able to support the warehouse where Doctor Octopus was holding his secret experiment. Also, Spider-Man has managed to overpower multiple men with ease. And his strength temporarily increased when he was connected to the Venom Symbiote.
- Superhuman Speed: Spider-Man can run and move at speeds that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. Spider-Man moves faster than the eye can see.
- Superhuman Stamina: Spider-Man's advanced musculature produces fewer fatigue toxins during physical activity than an ordinary human. This allows him to exert himself physically for much longer periods before fatigue begins to impair him. At his peak, Spider-Man can physically exert himself for several hours before the build-up of fatigue toxins in his blood begins to impair him.
- Superhuman Durability: Spider-Man's body is physically tougher and more resistant to some types of injury than the body of a normal human. His body is more resistant to impact forces than anything else. He can withstand great impacts, such as falling from a height of several stories or being struck by an incredibly strong opponent, that would severely injure or kill a normal human with little to no discomfort.
- Superhuman Agility: Spider-Man's equilibrium, dexterity, and flexibility are all enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. Spider-Man is extraordinarily limber and his tendons and connective tissues are twice as elastic as the average human being's, despite their enhanced strength. He has the combined agility and acrobatic prowess of the most accomplished circus aerialists and acrobats. He can also perform any complicated sequence of gymnastic stunts such as flips, rolls, and springs. He can easily match or top any Olympic record at gymnastics apparatus such as flying rings, climbing ropes, horizontal bars, trampolines.
- Superhuman Equilibrium: Spider-Man possesses the ability to achieve a state of perfect equilibrium in any position imaginable. He seems able to adjust his position by instinct, which enables him to balance himself on virtually any object, no matter how small or narrow.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Spider-Man's reflexes are greater than normal humans; for example, he can dodge or counter any attack, including gunfire, even at point-blank. Spider-Man's Spider-Sense also greatly further amplifies his superhuman reflexes because he can preempt danger before it happens.
- Wall-Crawling: Spider-Man can mentally control the flux of inter-atomic attractive forces on surfaces he touches, allowing him to stick to any surface, no matter how rough or slippery. He has conscious control over this ability, and it is simple and instinctive for him to use. This ability is so far limited to Spider-Man's body (especially concentrated in his hands and feet) and another object, with an upper limit of several tons per finger. The full nature of this ability has yet to be established but it seems that he is capable of using this combined with his strength to uproot objects from their place without having to fully use his hands.
- Organic Webbing: Spider-Man has organic webbing generated by glands in his forearms. Thanks to the genetically altered "super" spider bite. Peter possesses biological web-shooters located in his forearms. He developed spinnerets under his forearms that can trigger in similar means to his original and mechanical web-shooters but without the burden of constant build and repair of the device and costly web fluids. The strength and elasticity of the organic webbing are unknown, but it is speculated to be much stronger than the synthetic and is said to depend on Spider-Man's physical health and nutrition. Unlike the synthetic webbing, the organic webbing takes a weak to dissolve.
- Healing Factor: Spider-Man regenerates his injuries faster and more extensively than a normal human. After getting his powers, he soon found that his eyesight was repaired, discarding his glasses. minor injuries heal in a matter of minutes and serious injuries in a matter of hours. Thanks to his regenerative power he is more resistant to the effects of alcohol and drugs and retains his athletic physique with minimal exercise. It is unknown if the power slows down the aging process.
- Genius-Level Intellect: Peter Parker is very smart as he is an expert in all kinds of science. Peter goes from a science whiz in high school to a laboratory assistant of Dr. Connors and a brilliant Columbia University physics student who is at the top of his class as he becomes secure with his dual roles.
- Science Major: His knowledge of science has impressed the likes of Norman Osborn, Otto Octavius, and Doctor Connors. Considered a genius by Harry and Gwen, he has shown himself to be knowledgeable in mechanics, quantum mechanics, photonics, nuclear fusion, acoustics, and nanotechnology.
- Skilled Photographer: Peter is a very skilled photographer.
- Master Acrobat: Thanks to his superhuman agility, reflexes, and strength, Peter is a very skilled acrobat and gymnast. He is skilled in all kinds of acrobatics and gymnastics as he uses these to dodge gunfire.
- Expert Combatant: Thanks to his superhuman physiology, reflexes, and spider-sense, Peter Parker (Spider-Man) is a very skilled hand-to-hand combatant, despite never learning any fighting skills. He is shown to be able to take down the likes of the Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Sandman (in human form), and Venom along with a group of thugs.
- Spider-Sense Disruption: Spider-Man's spider-sense can lose it's the effect when he is close to the Venom Symbiote, due to him being a host to the Venom Symbiote. The symbiotic life form can block his spider-sense which enables Venom to tackle Spider-Man without warning him, making Venom a deadly foe.
- Bad Luck: Not exactly a typical weakness, but Peter Parker's life is a very complicated one. His superhero duties make it hard for him when he tries to get to his college classes, work, and even Mary Jane's play on time. Sometimes he can be late for his work at the Daily Bugle, college classes, dates, and going to see Mary Jane's acting plays, due to his crime-fighting activities. This has put strains on his relationships with his loved ones and he struggles to maintain his relationships with his Aunt May, Harry Osborn, and Mary Jane Watson.
Throughout Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy, the character and Tobey Maguire's performance received widespread critical acclaim from both fans and critics, praising his character development and the focus on balancing his double life as a superhero and civilian. Maguire received numerous awards and nominations for his role, with the Saturn Award for the Best Actor and the MTV Movie Award for the Best Kiss (Kirsten Dunst, upside-down kiss). Many critics and audiences claim him to be the best/faithful live-action version of the original comic book character. The Spider-Man successors, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland even praised Maguire's performance.
- Unlike his comic book version, he did mention that he loved Mary Jane since childhood in the first movie, while in the comic book, he didn't love her until after Gwen's death, which made him realize that he does love her. So he didn't go on a TV show other than wresting to win the money to impress Mary Jane with a car in the first movie while in the comic book, he was on a TV show after wresting with the guy. He only fought 5 villains in Spider-Man Trilogy while in the comic book he fought various villains. He didn't realize that Flint was responsible for his uncle's death in the third movie while in the comic book it was just a thief from the TV show backstage.
- Also, in the original comics, Spider-Man used mechanical web-shooters with artificial webbing he designed himself, unlike the Raimi Series Spider-Man who could shoot webbing. This change was due to Sam Raimi's decision of making it more realistic since a high schooler could not have created something government scientists could not (considering that in comics, Peter Parker is quite genius).
- It was revealed that Tobey was gonna come back as Spider-Man again if Spider-Man 4 wasn't canceled in 2010, but it didn't work out with Sam Raimi.
- Spider-Man 2 filmed the Train scene in Chicago to incorporate it in New York because of the Directors decision.
- 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." Also, 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.
- Tobey Maguire said he had never read a Spider-Man comic book, but took the role because he liked the script.
- 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. By signing on for two sequels, Tobey Maguire secured himself a paycheck of $26 million.
- 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.
- 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 bulked up for the role.
- Spider-Man's webbing in the film is made out of foam materials and fishing line. It was also enhanced with CGI.
- 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 perform without having to take the entire costume off.
- 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.
- 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.
- When two studio executives were shown shots of the computer-generated Spider-Man, they believed it was 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.
- Zach Hudson, the stunt double for Tobey Maguire, fractured his leg after a stunt went wrong and he slammed into a brick wall.
- 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 personality traits he was looking for in Peter/Spider-Man.
- Josh Hartnett turned down the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Frankie Muniz and Topher Grace were considered for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Grace would later play Venom in the third film. Leonardo DiCaprio was considered for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, he later appeared with Tobey Maguire in The Great Gatsby (2013).
- One of the scenes that Tobey Maguire performed for his screen test was the final one in which Peter Parker rejects Mary Jane.
- The train fight between Doc Ock and Spider-Man was the idea of director Sam Raimi and the first major sequence to be filmed.
- Tobey Maguire's participation was in doubt at one point because he was suffering severe back pains. Jake Gyllenhaal, was lined up to play Spider-Man and had already begun preparation, but Maguire decided to take part after all. However, according to the DVD commentary, the "My back!" joke after Peter falls from the roof was purely coincidental, as it was written into the script before Maguire's problem arose. Gyllenhaal would go on to play Spider-Man's enemy Mysterio fifteen years later in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019).
- When Peter dumps his Spider-Man suit in a garbage can, it's an exacting homage to a panel from "Spider-Man No More", Issue #50 from The Amazing Spider-Man. As in the film, the outfit is found and brought to J Jonah Jameson, then reclaimed by Spider-Man who leaves a note like the one in the movie.
- Peter rents above a TV repair shop. He doesn't live with Harry anymore since Norman's death, and Harry moved back into his father's townhouse. Harry's obsession with Spider-Man was too much for Peter to bear. This is the reason why he gets annoyed with Harry at his birthday party.
- There are several visual references to Spider-Man (2002) in the sequel:
- Peter running into a burning building to save a child.
- Peter running across a rooftop before trying (and failing) to shoot his web.
- Peter putting out the trash in aunt May's back yard and speaking to Mary Jane.
- Spider-Man lying incapacitated on the sofa of his enemy.
- POV of Peter Parker looking through his glasses and seeing a blurred image.
- It has been recently announced that some actors from previous Spider-Man films will be portraying their respective characters again in the upcoming third Spider-Man film set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Tobey Maguire currently in negotiations to reprise his role as Spider-Man.
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