The Legendary Spider-Man

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The legend of Spider-Man was born in 1962, when Stan Lee, the head writer of the successful comic book Marvel Comics, decided to search for new superhero ideas. He wanted to create a character with whom the teenagers would relate to. It all began when he saw a spider climb up a wall, and the inspiration struck him. He started by outlining the character’s story and then he created its costume. “One of the first things I did was to work up a costume. A vital, visual part of the character. I had to know how he looked … before I did any breakdowns”, Stan Lee stated.



— Fan Art Concept from Spider-Man 2 —

Spider-Man featured for the first time in Amazing Fantasy #15, on August 1962, and its spectacular success led to the launching of The Amazing Spider-Man comic book series. Spider-Man’s popularity was increasing day by day and he soon became the favorite Marvel character, following the success of Fantastic Four, Daredevil and the X-Men. A new legend was born and millions of teenagers were identifying with Spider-Man.



– Cover of the first comic that Spider-Man featured in —

Who is, actually, Spider-Man? Controversially or not, Spider-Man is an orphan named Peter Parker, whose parents, government spies, were killed is a plane crash when he was only a little child. He was thus raised in New York, by his uncle Ben and his aunt May, who were significantly older and not very wealthy, but who loved him and tried to provide everything he needed. Peter represented the teen stereotype. He was not popular, on the contrary, he was a bit of a loner, and he only hang out with his friend, Harry Osborn. He was crushing on the girl next door, his beautiful and popular neighbor Mary-Jane, but she was constantly ignoring him. However, what he lacked in looks he compensated in brains. We may even call Peter a genius, as he was very intelligent and passionate by anything that had to do with science. It was this passion for science that led to his transformation. During a science exhibit he attended with his class, he was accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider and the rest is history.



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The bite empowered Peter with the characteristics of a spider: strength, speed, agility, the ability to climb walls and adhere to ceilings, and a sixth sense that allowed him to detect proximate danger. Aware of the changes in his life, Peter used his many talents to design a costume that would conceal his identity and to build devices which would complement his powers. However, he was only concerned with protecting him and his family, until he allowed a burglar to escape. Later, it turned out that this burglar killed his uncle Ben and, filled with guilt, Peter decided to start fighting crime and injustice.
Over the years, Spider-Man has been through many adventures, he fought so many villains and he overcame numerous challenges.

Spider-Man is still a very beloved character nowadays, with millions of fans who are inspired by his story. His success could not be restrained to comic books, so Spider-Man appeared in cartoons, movies, novels, video games, children’s books, television series, records and coloring books. The animated series Spider-Man (1967-1970), the live-action series The Amazing Spider-Man (1978-1979), the numerous cartoon series and the Spider-Man movie trilogy (2002, 2004, 2007), they all contributed to the global success of Spider-Man which began due to the Marvel Comics series. Spider-Man inspired even the creation of a Broadway musical, called Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. There is no doubt that the legendary Spider-Man is one of the world’s most beloved superheroes, whose success will soon celebrate 50 years.

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Rumors: New Villain

Filed under: The Amazing Spider-Man - 12 Jun 2013  | Spread the word !

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According to the latest rumors a new villain will be present in the sequel of this superhero movie. It seems that Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as the Rhino and Chris Cooper as the Green Goblin were not enough for the movie. Another villain will probably be featured in the Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The news has not been confirmed yet, but according to the latest rumors Colm Feore will be playing Adrian Toomes, the Vulture. The Vulture, along Electro, Rhino and the Green Goblin will eventually become the Sinister Six, which will be featured in the following sequels of the superhero movie. However, this is not the only rumor on the cast of the Amazing Spider-Man 2. For quite some time now, it has been claimed that Felicity Jones will play the role of the Black Cat. This rumor remains unconfirmed, as well.


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No matter who will be cast in the Amazing Spider-Man 2, the movie promises to be great. At least this is what the actors who play in the film claim.

“It’s been fantastic. [Director] Marc Webb has been fantastic to work with. What I’ve learned on the set… that suit, that Spider-Man suit… the first thing I had to shoot it was like… not tears, but this is the real thing. It was mind-blowing,” Jamie Foxx has recently declared according to Screencrave.com


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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to be released in May, 2014. So, there is quite some time left until fans will be able to watch the latest adventures of this superhero. Until that will happen, rumors are yet to be confirmed on the final cast of the movie.

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Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx on the Set of The Amazing Spiderman 2

Filed under: Spiderman,The Amazing Spider-Man,The Spiderman Franchise - 30 Apr 2013  | Spread the word !

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Actors Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx have been spotted filming a dramatic flight scene for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in New York on Sunday, April 28th.


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The 29-year-old portraying Peter Parker wore his superhero suit and turquoise beanie hat for much of the day’s filming, while Foxx looked rather geeky as super villain Electro’s alter-ego, Maxwell Dillon. Instead of his usual shaved head, Jamie Foxx wore a strange looking wig complete with receding hairline and glasses.

According to the Daily Mail, many of the stunts were performed by several doubles. However, New Yorkers who were lucky enough to pass by while the scene was shot managed to get a glimpse of the Hollywood A-listers wandering around the set.


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One of the sequences, in which Fox engaged in a spring for the cameras while grasping a stack of blueprints in his arms, appears to be a key plot line in The Amazing Spider-Man‘s sequel.

As fans of the comic book probably know, Maxwell is an electrical engineer who gets struck by lightning while repairing a power line. The strike causes a change that gives him the power to control electricity. In other words, he’s a considerable threat to Spider-Man.


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Below you can see a video that appears to have been captured by an amateur photographer standing nearby. Although nothing has been officially confirmed about the footage, it is pretty clear from the clip below that the guy with the glasses is Jamie Foxx.

The scene in question appears to be a chance encounter between the characters on the streets of New York City, before Dillon becomes Electro. Spider-Man can be seen fixing Max’s hair and adjusting his glasses as if he’d just bumped into him.

As cool as the latest footage might be, it’s not quite as dramatic as the footage of Electro that started making rounds online a few weeks ago. The clip – which you can see below – featured Jamie Foxx in full-on Electro makeup, complete with a hoodie lined with nifty LED lights.

Filming for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 started on February 1 and is due in theaters in May of 2014. Here is the official synopsis for the upcoming sequel:

For Peter Parker, life is busy — between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen, high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro, emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

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New Trial Date In Spider-Man Lawsuit

Filed under: Spiderman - 21 Mar 2013  | Spread the word !

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The lawsuit involving Julie Taymor and Spider-Man musical continues. Even though at a certain point is has been thought that Julie and the producers of the show have reached a settlement, it surely looks like there is no way that could happen. Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark was supposed to be an epic show. This should have been the most expensive Broadway musical in years, an expected stunning show.

Well, the production of Spider-Man: Turn of the Dark continues, but without Julie Taymor. And as imagined, Julie is not happy about it. Julie Taymor claims that in the lack of her contributions there would have been no movie. And that is not all. According to her, some of her contributions to the musical continue to be used and consequently, she deserves compensation for that.


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Initially, the lawsuit between the two parties has been settled in August. However, it looks like reaching a final agreement was impossible. So, the case gets to trial now. The US District Court Judge Katherine Forrest already announced that the trial is going to take place on May 28, 2013.

Julie Taymor, the director of Spider-Man: Turn of the Dark, was fired in 2011. She was fired from the musical after a lengthy preview period filled with technical problems. As Julie considered that the decision was not fair to her, she decided to sue the two producers of Spider-Man musical, Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris. This event took place at the end of 2011. In the lawsuit, Julie claimed that the producers of this musical violated her creative rights. She also claimed that they owed her money for the work she put into the show.


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On the other hand, the two producers claim that Julie Taymor is the one to be blamed for this situation. They said that the director was fired as she failed to fulfill her duties on the show. Which of the two parties is right and who will win the trial is something will we probably find out this summer. Until the trial, the two parties still have time to reach an agreement.

Still, until that moment, Spider-Man fans should know that the production of the show continues. The musical has a reported price tag of $75 million, being the most expensive Broadway show in history. It also is one of the most expected productions at the moment.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Sequel to Hit Theaters in 2014

Filed under: The Spiderman Franchise - 04 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

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Good news, folks! It’s official: Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb will return for the sequel of The Amazing Spider-Man. Both of them have been confirmed to return for the forthcoming sequel, with Emma Stone still being in talks to reprise the role of Gwen Stacy.

On Friday, September 28, studio Sony Columbia announced that Webb would take charge of a shoot in early 2013 for the follow-up to this year’s third highest-grossing comic book flick. Even though Marvel Studio’s The Avengers (grossing $1.3 bn) and The Dark Knight Rises (grossing $1.075 bn) somehow overshadowed it, The Amazing Spider-Man still managed to gross a respectable $751 million worldwide. This is more than respectable, one might say, since many people did not think that the movie stood a chance in front of the Marvel giants.


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Marc Webb is a young American director who recently entered the spotlight after directing the 2009 well-received romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer. Despite him being tipped to return for months, he and the studio have not signed any deal until now. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Webb wants to be paid significantly more than the $1 million he earned for the first movie.

Columbia president Doug Belgrad said: “We could not be more confident in the direction we are taking this new Spider-Man storyline, and we are tremendously excited to be ramping up production again with Marc at the helm and Andrew continuing on as Peter Parker“. He added that “We can’t wait to share what we have in store for Peter and Spider-Man with audiences worldwide“.

Andrew Garfield is believed to have been tied to a contract to star in multiple Spider-Man movies when he closed the original deal. The 29-year-old Briton became very popular after starring in The Amazing Spider-Man. Not to mention that he got Emma Stone out of this “deal”, too, since the two started dating after shooting the movie. And speaking of Emma Stone, who portrayed Parker’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy, she is now in talks to reprise the role.


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After Sony decided to reboot the series starring Tobey Maguire only a decade after the original version, many were skeptical and expected The Amazing Spider-Man to struggle. However, the movie performed well with the critics. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said that it is a “more feminised and emotionally literate Spider-Man“. “It is amazing how potent and entertaining the Spider-Man myth continues to be“, Bradshaw added.

The screenplay is written by Star Trek screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, based on a draft by the original film’s Alex Kurtman. The Amazing Spider-Man sequel will begin production in early 2013 and is scheduled to be released in May 2014.

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Spiderman Tagged Products For Your Kid

Filed under: Spiderman - 27 Sep 2012  | Spread the word !

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Spiderman is one of the most popular and appreciated characters by kids. Therefore, it’s no surprise that there are so many products tagged with Spiderman on the market. If your kid is also a big fan of this incredible character, buy him one or several of the following products:

  • Spiderman Face and Pose Cup features Spiderman, his logo and a a close up of his mask. The cup is dishwasher and microwave safe. 


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  • Spiderman Wood Wall Clock is very beautiful, having a 13.5 inch diameter, but there are various sizes. It featires a blue background and and image of the hero, with a bold image and logo of Spiderman. Background colors can also vary.


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  • Spiderman Movie Sling Soft Lunchbox features a great image of Spiderman, taken right from the blockbuster movie. The image is vivid and colourful as if your kid had Spiderman right in front of him. Its interior is lined up with closed cell and polyethylene foam insulation in order to keep your kid’s food cold. This lunchbox is 100 PVC free and is also has a padded handle to carry it. Buy your kid a Spiderman lunchbox and having a meal will be a great joy for him. 


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  • Spiderman Kids Costume Hoodie is a combination between a hoodie and a costume, featuring mesh eye holes for a more interesting look.


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  • Playskool Heroes Electronic Spider-Man Stunt City is a wonderful game. Your kid can help his favourite hero climb walls, save the city and do a lot of other things. The game includes walls that make sounds and light up when Spiderman climbs. This is a game that your kid will love and it also develops his imagination.


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As there are so many and various Spiderman products on the market, it can be a little confusing which of them to choose for your kid. Nonetheless, some of the above mentioned products are both practical and useful. Keep in mind that these products have to also be safe for your kid.

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Spiderman: The Animated Series

Filed under: Spiderman - 30 Aug 2012  | Spread the word !

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Spiderman is an animated television series that ran from September 9, 1967 to June 14, 1970. The series were on pause for a while, but they were re-launched in 1994. It was jointly produced in Canada – for voice talent, and the United States – for animation. Spiderman was the first animated adaptation of the comic book series, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. It first aired on the ABC television network.


Stan Lee, creator of Spiderman

Synopsis

The series revolves around the scientific minded teenager Peter Parker who, after being bitten by a radioactive spider, develops amazing strength and spider-like powers. He decides to become a crime-fighting, costume superhero, all the while dealing with his personal problems and the insecurities resulting from being a teenager.


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Season 1 contained stories mostly involving classic Spiderman villains from the comic book series, whose captures were often by a note signed your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman. In the next seasons, the directors decided to eliminate villains from the comic book as a cost cutting measure, choosing to instead have Spidey face genetic green skinned magical villains, such as the Green Goblin, the Lizard and other not-so-famous foes.


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Voice Talent

The show’s acting talent included Bernard Cowan, who was the dialogue director, narrator, and voice of some supporting characters. Paul Soles provided both the light, mild-mannered voice for college student Peter Parker and the much deeper heroic tone for Spiderman. 

Theme Song

Everybody who has seen at least one Spiderman episode knows the trippy 60s intro theme. The theme song of the show has become a popular standard. The lyrics were written by Academy Award winner Paul Francis Webster, while the music was composed by Bob Harris. The opening line Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can, became synonymous with the character as his costume.

Spiderman Legacy


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Spiderman had come back to TV screens in 1994 and lasted until 1998. Spiderman even hit the silver screen, when Sam Raimi began directing the Spiderman Trilogy, in 2002, 2004 and 2007. Raimi’s trilogy produced a total budget of US $597 million, and grossed $2.5 billion worldwide. This year, in 2012, a new take on Spiderman was released in 3D and IMAX 3D, The Amazing Spiderman.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Has An Impressive Success

Filed under: The Spiderman Franchise - 18 Jul 2012  | Spread the word !

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The Amazing Spider-Man has surely been one of the most expected movies of the year. However, it seems that this movie has not managed yet to equal the success of the three Spider-Man films already released. The movie is ranked on the second place after its second weekend following the release.


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As expected, Ice Ace squeal, Continental Drift, has managed to rank better than The Amazing Spider-Man, debuting at No. 1. This top is established according to the Box Office earnings. So, while The Amazing Spider-Man grosses $35 million, the Ice Age sequel grossed more than $46 million. However, according to Eonline.com, the movie made a worldwide overall total of about $521 million. It earned $200 million in North American and about $320 million in other countries, figures which surely are impressive, proving that this movie still is a worldwide success, having millions of fans.


The Amazing Spider-Man is directed by Marc Webb and it actually is considered to be a reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise. The story is focused on the main character’s development into becoming a superhero. Cast is completely changed from the one fans were able to watch in the Spider-Man franchise. Andrew Garfield is the leading actor of the movie, interpreting Peter Parker’s role. The movie also stars Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary and Campbell Scott.

The Amazing Spider-Man premiered on June 13 in Tokyo and on July 3 in the United States. The movie had a budget of $230 million. The last movie from the Spider-Man trilogy was released in 2007, starring actor Tobey Maguire. Along with the movie release, a new Spider-Man game is set to be out.


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The Amazing Spider-Man game is also expected to be a huge success. The game was developed by Beenox, the creator of Shattered Dimensions and Edge of Time. This is a world action game inspired from the new released movie. In this game, Spider-Man will have to battle a wide range of robots and even mutants created by Smythe through his experiments. The game is considered to be very exciting and it actually will pick up from where the movie ends, producers claimed.

Critics of The Amazing Spider-Man new game claimed that the game is really interesting to watch, actually being more impressive to watch than to actually play it. Players will have control over Peter Parker, so over Spider-Man’s character. They will be able to explore New York City and uncover numerous alternative costumes of their favorite character. Random crimes will be reported and you, as Spider-Man, will make your road to the scene, naturally to catch the bad guy and save the day. Here is how the game looks.

The Amazing Spider-Man game is so enjoyable that there is no wonder producers expect it to be such an amazing success. The gameplay offers users a much improved Spider-Man experience. It sounds and looks good, so all Spider-Man fans should check it out.

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The Amazing Spiderman is a Reboot of the Franchise

Filed under: The Spiderman Franchise - 15 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

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Spiderman is one of the most famous comic book heroes, created by Stan Lee, director of Marvel Comics. The creators of the superhero gave him super strength and agility, the ability to cling to almost any surface, shoot spider webs using devices of his own which he called web-shooters, and the ability to sense danger. Since this superhero is so famous, Hollywood has decided to revive him, after three previous movies. This time, the movie will be quite different from the previous versions. The movie will portray Peter Parker as his super powers are evolving in high school, and will explore him trying to discover the truth behind his parents. With a theme of discovering himself in the process, the film also brings to life new designs of the franchise such as Parker inventing artificial webs like in the original comics, instead of organic webs.

The development of the movie began simultaneously with Sony announcing the cancellation of the fourth movie in the series. Opting for a reboot with the same production team rather than another sequel, the studio announced a July 2012 release date for what was now titles The Amazing Spider-Man. James Vanderbilt was hired to write the script while Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves helped fine tune the script. Sony Entertainment has focused its marketing campaign with a promotional website with released images, three theatrical trailers, a prologue screening in certain cities, a video game tie-in being developed by Beenox and a viral marketing campaign among other products. The Amazing Spider-Man is scheduled to be released first in June 28, 2012 in Europe and will then be released in the United States on July 3, 2012 in 3D and Imax 3D.

The premise of the movie starts from teenage social outcast Peter Parker spending his days trying to unravel the mystery of his own past and winning the heart of his school crush, Gwen Stacy. Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase belonging to his father, who abandoned him when he was a child, which leads to his dad’s former partner, Dr. Curtis Connors. The discovery of his father’s secret will ultimately shape his destiny of becoming Spider-Man and brings him face to face with Connors, who becomes the vicious and vengeful Lizard.  The director felt the Lizard was the best villain for the film because he is the literal embodiment of the main theme of the movie. The fact that Dr. Connors has no arms and Peter has no parents, he thus fills that void with Spiderman. The Amazing Spiderman is going to be a huge box office hit.

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Numerous Products Inspired By The Spiderman Concept

Filed under: Spiderman - 20 May 2012  | Spread the word !

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Spiderman films were so successful that manufactures exploited the concept and launched many toys. The products portrayed the main character in different ways, but there were also other toys-characters from the films. The little ones were very excited to have something like that, so on the market have been launched lots of amazing products. The diversity of the them is incredible. Kids can have a walkie talkie mask, a costume, battler action figure, a rescue helicopter and the hero, as well as stickers, coloring sets, cars, dinnerware gift sets, party napkins, gloves, watches, mini basket set, party loot bags, blaster web shooter, umbrellas, books and many others.

There are also games, so the little ones have the opportunity to know their hero better and have a lot of fun. If your kid prefers the same hero, you would make him very happy by buying him such wonderful toys and games. Your kid will be delighted and will have a lot of fun. It can be a helicopter, a plane, a car, but make sure your kid would like to have the entire collection. In case you plan a summer vacation, it would be great for him if you would buy products with his favorite hero such as trunk for boys, a beach towel, sunglasses, rashguard for boys, bedding collection, as well as a backpacker or figure play set.

In case the diversity of Spiderman toys and products is confusing, the best thing would be to ask your kid what he would like or observe his reactions when you ask him subtle things about his favorite hero, Spiderman. Make sure he will have a lot of fun and will be very happy. His summer vacation will definitely be unforgettable and one of the best experiences he will ever have. The films and the cartoons were so successful that the hero concept was exploited very much. The online video games are also impressive and very successful. The film is one of the most successful and will remain in the American film history. It was promoted in many countries all over the world, so its success has no borders. You don’t have to buy your kid the entire collection, but be sure that a few toys will make him very happy.

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Interesting Facts on Spiderman, the Movie

Filed under: Spiderman - 19 Apr 2012  | Spread the word !

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Spiderman is one of the most renowned superhero movies of all time. Spiderman was released in 2002 and based on the original comic book series The Amazing Spiderman, published by Marvel Comics. The movie’s cast includes actor Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris and many others. Spiderman the movie was very successful, grossing $821,708,551 worldwide and leading to the sequels Spiderman 2 and 3. Especially for the fans of the movie, here are some interesting facts on Spiderman that most people do not know.

For instance, not many people know that the studio was interested in Leonardo DiCaprio and Friddie Prinze Jr. for the part of Spiderman. Scott Speedman, Jay Rodan and James Franco also auditioned for the role. However, Tobey Maguire managed to defeat them, but not without hard work and dedication. Before the screen test, he trained for a short while in order to be prepared for the role. After getting the part, Tobey Maguire went on a strict diet and exercise routine for 5 months. Spiderman’s costume is definitely one of the most fascinating elements of the movie. The producers had several costumes created, which cost up to $100,000 each. An interesting fact is that 4 of them were stolen from the set and even if Columbia Pictures offered a $25,999 reward for them, not one returned them. Moreover, Tobey Maguire has his Spiderman costume remodeled in order to allow him to go to the bathroom without taking the entire costume off.

Another interesting fact about costumes is that during the Thanksgiving dinner scene, both Peter Parker and Norman Osborn wore their enemy’s costume colors. Moreover, Harry Osborn wore all of the colors, meaning a green shirt, blue coat and red tie. Although not many people notice this, it is very interesting how producers took even such minor details into consideration. Even though the action of the movie takes place in New York, most of the scenes were shot on Los Angeles. The first scene of Spiderman was the one when Peter Parker returns from the field-trip which resulted in him being bitten by the spider. And speaking of spider, know that many spiders from the movie were brought from New Zealand.

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