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After incorporating elements of comic book style and design into many of his films, director Sam Raimi helms this straight-ahead, big-budget comic book adaptation, which also marks acclaimed young actor Tobey Maguire's first dip into live-action blockbuster filmmaking. Spider-Man follows the template of the original Stan Lee/Steve Ditko source material, with hero Peter Parker an orphaned, intellectual teen loner living in Queens with his aunt (Rosemary Harris) and uncle (Cliff Robertson), and dreaming of the girl next door, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). On a field trip to a Columbia University lab, Peter is bitten by a genetically altered spider and overnight he gains superhuman strength, agility, and perception. At first, Peter uses his powers for material gain, winning a wrestling match with a purportedly lucrative prize. But when Peter apathetically fails to stop a burglar from robbing the wrestling arena, a tragedy follows that compels him to devote his powers to fighting crime -- as the superhero Spider-Man. When he's not busy fighting crime in a spider suit, Peter moves into an apartment with his best friend, Harry (James Franco), and begins work as a photographer at the Daily Bugle. Meanwhile, his do-gooder alter ego finds a nemesis in the form of the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), a super-powered, megalomaniacal villain who happens to be the alter ego of Harry's father, weapons-manufacturing mogul Norman Osborn. Spider-Man was written by the prolific blockbuster scribe David Koepp (David Koepp, David Koepp). ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

  • Release date:May 3, 2002


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Dykstra Best Visual Effects 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anthony LaMolinara Best Visual Effects 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scott Stokdyk Best Visual Effects 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin O'Connell Best Sound 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Greg P. Russell Best Sound 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Frazier Best Visual Effects 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Chad Kroeger Best Song 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ed Novick Best Sound 2002 Nominee


Tobey Maguire
as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Willem Dafoe
as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Kirsten Dunst
as Mary Jane Watson
James Franco
as Harry Osborn
Cliff Robertson
as Uncle Ben
Rosemary Harris
as Aunt May
J.K. Simmons
as J. Jonah Jameson
Joe Manganiello
as Flash Thompson
Gerry Becker
as Maximilian Fargas
Bill Nunn
as Robbie Robertson
Jack Betts
as Henry Balkan
Stanley Anderson
as General Slocum
Ron Perkins
as Dr. Mendel Stromm
Bruce Campbell
as Announcer
Randy Savage
as Bone Saw McGraw
Ted Raimi
as Hoffman
Myk Watford
as Cop at Fire
Elizabeth Banks
as Betty Brandt
Michael Papajohn
as Burglar


Sam Raimi
Ian Bryce
Laura Ziskin
Steve Ditko
Book Author
David Koepp
Don Burgess
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Arthur Coburn
Bob Murawski
Neil Spisak
Production Designer
Scott P. Murphy
Art Director
Steve Arnold
Supervising Art Director
Tony Fanning
Art Director
Grant Curtis
Heidi Fugeman
Associate Producer
Steven P. Saeta
Associate Producer
Stan Lee
Executive Producer
Avi Arad
Executive Producer
Andrea Dopaso
Set Designer
Debra Schutt
Set Designer
Karen O'Hara
Set Designer
James Acheson
Costume Designer
Susan Dudeck
Sound/Sound Designer
Marc-Jon Sullivan
Sound/Sound Designer
Greg P. Russell
Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen Flick
Sound/Sound Designer
Kevin O'Connell
Sound/Sound Designer
Ed Novick
Sound/Sound Designer
Sony Pictures Imageworks
Special Effects
Eric Heffron
First Assistant Director
Susan Dudeck
Stephen Flick
Lynn Kressel
Francine Maisler
Jeff Habberstad
Stunts Coordinator
Christopher Faloona
Additional Cinematography
Sande Scoredos
Visual Effects
John Dykstra
Visual Effects
Anthony LaMolinara
Visual Effects
Lisa Satriano
Second Unit Assistant Director
Scott Stokdyk
Visual Effects
John Frazier
Visual Effects
Jeffrey Lynch
Second Unit Director
Chuck Jeffreys
Fights Choreographer
Doug Lefler
Second Unit Director