Derek Winnert

Spider-Man **** (2002, Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, J K Simmons, Bill Nunn) – Classic Film Review 582

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You’ll believe a boy can spin a web and crawl a wall, as the last great comic book hero finally gets a film of his own in 2002 thanks to the surges in technical advances in movie magic.

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Director Sam Raimi spins a super yarn in this stonkingly awesome and successful big-screen blockbuster of the comics.

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Tobey Maguire proves a web master and makes his way to stardom as Peter Parker, a high-school nerd who’s bitten by a lab-altered spider. Soon he’s a superhero, battling the forces of darkness – Willem Dafoe’s wildly crazed Green Goblin, aka Norman Osborn.

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Raimi keeps it faithful to the comics, while the action set pieces are thrilling and the special effects amazing. As heroine Mary Jane Watson, Kirsten Dunst handles the lovey-dovey briskly and even the home-values stuff with uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) and auntie May (Rosemary Harris) isn’t too soppy. James Franco is a bright presence, playing Dafoe’s son, Harry Osborn.

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Based on the comic book by Stan Lee, it’s Marvel-ous! Spider-Man casts a real spell and it was a huge blockbuster hit. 

The film stars Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson and Rosemary Harris.

Also in the cast are J K Simmons, Bill Nunn, Joe Manganiello, Gerry Becker, Jack Betts, Stanley Anderson, Ron Perkins, Michael Papajohn, K K Dodds, Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Elizabeth Banks and John Paxton.

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Bill Nunn, who plays Joseph ‘Robbie’ Robertson in the Spider-Man trilogy, died on 24 September 2016, aged 62.

Spider-Man 2 followed in 2004 and Spider-Man 3 in 2007.

Alas Raimi and the cast were dumped and the film was rebooted as The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012, with Andrew Garfield, followed by a sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, in 2014.

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On June 23 2015, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announced they have cast British actor Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man in a new reboot. The 19-year-old, who acted in The Impossible (2012) and How I Live Now (2013), will take over from Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker for release in cinemas in IMAX and 3D on July 28 2017.

Holland first appears in Captain America: Civil War (2016) to introduce him into the Marvel film universe.

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