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->''Who am I? You sure you want to know? The story of my life is not for the faint of heart. If somebody said it was a happy little tale... if somebody told you I was just your average ordinary guy, not a care in the world... somebody lied.''
-->-- '''Peter Parker/Spider-Man'''

A trilogy of SuperHero films starring Creator/TobeyMaguire as the Creator/MarvelComics superhero [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Spider-Man]] running from 2002 to 2007. They include ''Film/SpiderMan'', ''Film/SpiderMan2'', and ''Film/SpiderMan3''. All were directed by Creator/SamRaimi of ''Franchise/EvilDead'' fame. Also stars KirstenDunst as Mary Jane Watson, James Franco as Harry Osborn, JKSimmons as J. Jonah Jameson, and Creator/BruceCampbell in various cameos.

* '''''Film/SpiderMan1''''' (2002): Peter Parker is bitten by a spider and finds himself with unique spider-like powers. He learns that with his newfound strength he has a responsibility to help people in trouble as Spider-Man after his Uncle Ben is killed by a mugger he could have stopped. Meanwhile, billionaire businessman Norman Osborn tests a SuperSerum formula [[ProfessorGuineaPig on himself]] to keep the project alive, turning him into the insane Green Goblin, who [[ArchEnemy sets his sights]] on Spider-Man.
* '''''Film/SpiderMan2''''' (2004): Peter struggles with the responsibility of being Spider-Man as [[HeroWithBadPublicity the people of New York don't trust him]], leading him to consider resigning out of exhaustion and stress [[BroughtDownToNormal making his powers act inconsistently]]. At the same time, scientist Otto Octavius is gravely injured in an [[FreakLabAccident experiment that grafts mechanic arms to his spine]], with the media calling him Doctor Octopus.
* '''''Film/SpiderMan3''''' (2007): With his personal and super hero life worked out, Peter is enjoying a high point. Things change as he has to deal with the fallout of the Green Goblin story and his own desire for revenge when a man connected to Uncle Ben's murder, Flint Marko, escapes prison, and is mutated into the powerful Sandman. Adding to this is a rival chasing his heels named Eddie Brock, and a mysterious black goo that attaches itself to Peter, heightening his aggression.

Highly successful in both the critical and box-office record departments, along with the ''Film/XMen'' trilogy these movies paved the way for the Superhero movie boom leading to the Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse and Film/TheDarkKnightSaga.

After some critical backlash on the third movie and DevelopmentHell on a [[WhatCouldHaveBeen possible fourth]], the franchise received a ContinuityReboot with an all-new creative team with ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries''.

Has a [[Characters/SpiderManTrilogy Characters page]] in construction.
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!!Tropes used throughout the series include:
* AdaptationDistillation: Classic moments, images and arcs from 40+ years of Spider-Man stories are squashed down to their best bits to fuel the films, though the 60s and early 70s are clearly the main inspiration.
* AdaptationalHeroism: A mild example. With the exception of Venom, almost all villains are more sympathetic compared their comic book counterparts.
* AntiVillain: Almost everyone. Norman, for having a SplitPersonality[=/=]SuperPoweredEvilSide, Doc Ock and Harry for being misguided and pulling a HeelFaceTurn[=/=]HeroicSacrifice in the end and Sandman for [[WellIntentionedExtremist trying to help his daughter]]. Only exception is Eddie/Venom, who willingly embraces the symbiote and [[EvilFeelsGood enjoys the suffering he causes]].
* BigBad: The Green Goblin in the first film, Doc Ock in the second, and the alien symbiote in the third (with Venom serving as the FinalBoss.)
* BiggerBad: Norman Osborn, posthumously. Although he dies in the end of the first film, his death haunts Harry throughout the rest of the trilogy and [[AvengingTheVillain motivates him to take revenge on Spider-Man]].
* BigNo: Octavius discovering his new condition, [[spoiler:Brock before dying]].
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Played with. It's the all-good Spider-Man versus people who for the most part aren't in control of what they're doing (Green Goblin, Doc Ock) or forced into villainy through unfortunate circumstances (The Sandman). The only true out-and-out villain Spider-Man faces off against is Venom.
* BlindWithoutEm: Pete before getting his powers, and when they start failing.
* BruceWayneHeldHostage: In all three movies Peter Parker is targeted in some manner by a villain who wants to track down Spider-Man.
* BuildingSwing: Naturally Spider-Man's means of travelling.
* BusFullOfInnocents: A tram car in the first, a train in the second.
* TheCameo: Creator/StanLee and Creator/BruceCampbell, in all movies.
** Creator/StanLee protects a little girl in the havoc created by the Green Goblin in the first film. In the second, he pulls a woman out of the way of falling debris while Spider-Man fights Doc Ock; "Look out!" is his only line. In the third, he has a much more substantial cameo as a man who talks to Peter on the street. "Y'know, I guess it's true what they say: one person really can make a difference. [[{{Catchphrase}} 'Nuff said]]."
** Creator/BruceCampbell appears once in every film as someone who actually helps develop Peter's plot in some small way. In the first movie, he plays the ring announcer who introduces Peter as Spider-Man instead of "The Human Spider" as Peter originally wanted. In #2, he plays an usher at the theater who refuses to let Peter in because the doors have already been closed. Finally in #3, he is a french Maître d' at a restaurant who gladly helps Peter with his plans to propose to Mary Jane (though it doesn't exactly work out). It's also deliberately ambiguous as to whether he's supposed to be playing three different characters, or one character who delights in holding down different jobs with different personas.
** In the licensed games based on the films, Bruce also serves as the LemonyNarrator who walks you through tutorials. Though he doesn't seem very interested in it; at one point, he leaves to grab a sandwich.
* {{Camp}}: Well, it's three movies made by Creator/SamRaimi we're talking about, but it's relatively subdued as it has a fair amount of serious scenes with any real campiness coming through in terms of humor and aesthetic.
* ChestInsignia: Spider-Man's spider-logo.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Harry and MJ. Peter and MJ too. She's a literal GirlNextDoor.
* CivvieSpandex: Used in the second and third films. Dr. Octopus wears a trenchcoat and a suit. The Sandman, meanwhile, sticks to a pair of khakis and a green striped shirt while in Flint Marko form.
* ClothesMakeTheManiac: The alien symbiote in the third movie, and depending on your definition of "clothes," Doc Ock's tentacles in the second movie.
* TheCoconutEffect: The movies start off highlighting Spidey's use of SpiderSense in slow-motion, but as the films progress, the SpiderSense is more often implied that explicitly depicted, usually in the form of whiplash-quick reflexes and/or {{Off Hand Backhand}}s. Notably, the third movie never highlighted it at all, with Spider-Man's reflexes and Spider-Sense all rendered in real-time.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: With Ben [[BeamMeUpScotty actually saying it this time]].
* CompositeCharacter:
** Mary Jane has some traces of Gwen Stacy, flat-out stated by WordOfGod to be the case. Her lively but pained character is based on comics MJ, but her "girl next door" exterior is comics Gwen. Mary Jane also has a strong basis in Liz Allan. Like Allan, MJ in the movies is a classmate and longtime crush of Peter's who is much higher on the social latter and dates Flash Thompson (although MJ did briefly date Flash as well, it didn't last long). The actual similarities MJ has with her comics counterpart are her red hair, her being Peter's neighbor, her coming from an abusive household, her brief relationship with Harry Osborn, her vivaciousness masking her insecurity and pain, and her aspirations to be an actress.
** On the flip side, Gwen in ''Spider-Man 3'' has the bubbly sweetness of comics Gwen but the flirty, good time loving exterior of comics MJ! She also takes Mary-Jane's original role as the "other potential love interest:
* ConfusedBystanderInterview: There are a few examples of this throughout the series.
* DaEditor: J. Jonah Jameson.
* DeadlyDodging: Done by Spider-Man in a lot of fights, most notably the Green Goblin's death.
* DeathBySecretIdentity: [[spoiler: Green Goblin is impaled soon after he discovers Peter's secret.]] In the second film, a big part of the movie marketing was that Harry would learn Peter's secret, [[spoiler: but Harry's death wouldn't come until he made the full transition to baddie in the third movie. Peter also reveals his identity to Doc Ock. In the final movie, this works against Eddie Brock/Venom, but actually leads to the redemption of the Sandman.]] If this trope is truly in full swing, then [[spoiler: all those people on the subway in Spider-Man 2 better look both ways before crossing the street...]]
* DevelopmentGag: The second film has a couple of playful jabs at Tobey Maguire's back problems, which nearly forced him to drop out. This includes the "I'm back, I'm back! ...My back, my back!" scene, and a FreezeFrameBonus Bugle headline claiming link between back pain and brain shrinkage.
* DistressedDamsel: Mary Jane gets kidnapped by the villain in the climax of all three movies. She's also in distress twice before the climax of the first.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type 1. See PatrioticFervor below for more description.
* EvilIsHammy:
** Once his SanitySlippage starts, the Green Goblin chews the scenery in every scene he's in.
** Eddie Brock after bonding with the Venom symbiote.
--> "Ooh, my Spider Sense is tingling, if you get what I talking about. ''[[SmugSnake Tiger]]''."
* FemaleGaze: Well, of course. We're talking about a muscular young dude who wears a skintight outfit and is unbelievable agile.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the first film Harry Osborn says of his father "If I'm lucky I'll be half the man he was". Come the third movie, we find out what exactly is meant by this. There are other foreshadowing moments involving Harry, such as the green bowtie he wears during the wedding scene in 2, and [[spoiler: "They're my best friends ... I'd give my life for them"]].
* FreakLabAccident: Origin of all villains save Venom.
* GirlNextDoor: Mary Jane. Supplies the page image.
* TheGlassesComeOff: See BlindWithoutEm.
* GollumMadeMeDoIt: Green Goblin in the first movie, the tentacle AI with Otto Octavius in the second, and Peter bonded with the symbiote in the third.
* HappilyMarried: The Parkers and the Octaviuses.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Peter wants Mary Jane.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Doc Ock and Harry]] in the second and third movies repectively. Both are also a [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Jameson still hates Spider-Man as much as any other continuity.
* IHaveYourWife: Mary Jane, [[DistressedDamsel of course]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Happens a few times, [[spoiler: like to the Green Goblin]] and Sandman, though obviously the latter doesn't stick.
* IvyLeague: Although Peter Parker attends the fictional Empire State University (modeled after New York University) in the comics, the Raimi films make him a student at Columbia.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold/[[EvenEvilHasStandards Even A Jerk Has Standards]]: J. Jonah Jameson, the man who has no problem defaming Spider-Man for the sake of eye-catching headlines, lies to the face of the Green Goblin so as to protect Peter. The novelization looks deeper into his motives: Jameson always protects his sources, and has gone to jail twice for doing so in the past. In the third movie, he's furious that Eddie Brock gave him fake photographs of Spiderman, commenting that "We haven't printed a retraction in twenty years!" Not only did he fire Brock, but additionally had him shamed on the front page alongside the retraction.
* LargeHam: All the villains but Sandman. Also, J. Jonah Jameson and Bruce Campbell's cameo appearances.
** Special mention has to go to Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin. When he is fighting Peter, he is having the time of his life, complete with evil cackles and poor one-liners.
** EvilIsHammy: In addition to the villains, Maguire was having FAR too much fun being Emo-Jerkass-Peter in the middle of the third film.
* LicensedPinballTable: Creator/SternPinball's 2006 ''[[Pinball/SpiderManStern Spider-Man]]'' game, which encapsulates all three movies and includes all-new dialog from J.K. Simmons.
-->'''J. Jonah Jameson:''' "Eight arms? ''He'' should be playing this game!"
* LightningBruiser: The Spidey in this trilogy seems to be stronger, faster and tougher than the one in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' reboot who is more of a FragileSpeedster.
%% * LoadBearingHero
* LostInImitation: A LOT of things from the movies were taken from the 90's cartoon series and not the comic books. Green Goblin being a split personality of Norman's developed from the Goblin formula and Norman talking to him was from the cartoon. The plot point of the Green Goblin going after people who wronged Norman Osborn was from the cartoon, Mary Jane being a replacement for Gwen on the iconic bridge scene was from the cartoon,Otto Octavius being someone Peter personally knew was from the cartoon, the symbiote augmenting Peter's powers and creating a dark side was from the cartoon, Eddie Brock working at the Daily Bugle as a rival photographer and not as a journalist somewhere else and his prior relationship to Peter was from the cartoon
* MadeOfIron: Spidey is a given; his powers allow him to shrug off huge amounts of punishment. But especially notable is Ock in the second film. He's an out-of-shape scientist who shouldn't be standing after ''one'' of the super-strong Spider-Man's punches. Even if Spidey pulls his punches, Ock takes a web-slung bag of coins to the face at one point without a mark to show for it, and also keeps fighting after being slammed through the floor when Spidey catapults himself from the roof.
* MarqueeAlterEgo: Spider-Man's mask being destroyed, Venom removing his.
%% * MeaningfulFuneral
* {{Megane}}: Peter himself before he got his powers and turning back to normal. Doesn't wear glasses in the third movie.
%% * MomentKiller: And how!
%% * MrFanservice
* MsFanService: [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l6heo4vpyxc/TaSg-khy38I/AAAAAAAAABM/Z_LPHQoHVpQ/s1600/kirsten_dunst_see_through_nipple_pokie_Breast_nude_spiderman2.jpg Mary]] [[http://mimg.ugo.com/201103/5/3/3/178335/12137993-gal.jpg Jane]] [[http://heavyarmor.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/mj.png Watson]]. The "kiss in the rain" scene is very iconic due to Dunst's attire and... reaction with the water.
* MythologyGag: The old TV series theme pops up being played by street performers in multiple movies.
%% * NeutralFemale: Mary Jane and Aunt May do some subversions.
* NeverMyFault: Harry and Eddie Brock. It's always Spider-Man's fault that everything bad happened to them, even (or rather especially) when it should be their own fault.
* NiceGuy / NiceGirl: Ben and May Parker. Never have they been any nicer.
* NightmareFetishist: Mary Jane, oddly enough. In an early scene in the first movie, she expresses that she ''loves'' creepy, disgusting spiders.
%% * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Parts 1 and 3.
* OminousLatinChanting: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GusLypfx7OQ trailer]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q6skxRLnsI songs]].
* OnceAnEpisode: Cameos by Stan Lee and Bruce Campbell, an [[ThemeTuneCameo in-movie performance]] of the 1960s TV show's theme.
* ParentalSubstitute: Uncle Ben is this to Peter Parker.
* PatrioticFervor: Seeing how the first film came out less than a year after 9/11, [[note]] And we'd be remiss not to mention the original trailer where Spidey webs a getaway car [[FunnyAneurysmMoment between the Twin Towers]] [[/note]] the films have scenes of Spidey standing in front of giant American Flags and New Yorkers saying things like "You can't mess with us, this is America!". By ''3'', many critics ad audiences noted that the patriotism became a little excessive.
* PluckyComicRelief: J. Jonah Jameson and his assistant Hoffman. Also Peter's landlord and his daughter.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Various elements of the Spider-Man mythology are altered to make a more straightforward narrative. The power-giving spider was [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically altered rather than randomly irradiated]], his web slinging was made into part of his mutation rather than being an advanced mechanical device created by a teenager. Spidey's habit of [[YouFightLikeACow quipping during battle]] was simplified, usually one or two before and one or two after it's over, since it's difficult to use TalkingIsAFreeAction. For sheer longevity Mary Jane was the most well known love interest among casual fans, but incorporated the GirlNextDoor qualities of Gwen Stacy to simplify their history (In the comics MJ showed HiddenDepths by grieving with Peter after Gwen's death, which is what brings them together).
** It is interesting to compare how ''Franchise/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' reboots the series while [[{{Reconstruction}} trying to incorporate]] some of the elements left out of this series. Specifically the web shooters are modified from high tech devices created by Oscorp rather than created whole stock by Peter himself. Oscorp turns out to [[MetaOrigin also be connected to]] the origins of Peter and most of his RoguesGallery.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: The second and movie have [[spoiler: Octavius and Harry realize their mistakes and ultimately sacrifice themselves to repair it, Octavius drowns the proto-star and Harry dies protecting Peter from a fatal strike from Venom]].
* ReflectiveEyes: The posters themselves use this as a reflection of who the villain of the movie was going to be.
* RunningGag: Jameson keeps yelling for '''"HOFFMAN!"''' who keeps appearing faster and faster as the movies progress, much to Jonah's confusion, eventually culminating in Jameson screaming his name while turning around, only to be face to face with Hoffman ''before he finished saying his name''.
* SayMyName: The entire trilogy could be summarized through one name: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOTOJu_elw8&feature=player_embedded "MARY JAAAAAAAAANE!"]]
* SecretIdentity: Peter's secret identity as Spider-Man.
%% * ShirtlessScene
* ShoutOut:
** Peter opening his shirt like {{Franchise/Superman}}; Doc Ock climbing NY buildings like Film/KingKong; "Symbiote Night Fever".
** Shouting "{{ComicBook/Shazam}}!" and "[[{{Franchise/Superman}} Up, up and away]], web!" in the first movie, which was [[ThrowItIn an ad-lib]] by Maguire.
** In the novelization of the first movie, the wheelchaired and bald Oscorp Board Member, Maximillian Fargas, is compared to the "professor character in that [[Film/{{X-Men}} mutant movie]]."
** Aunt May telling Peter that he's not "Superman."
** When Jonah and Hoffman are discussing what to call Octavius for the paper headline:
-->'''Jonah''': What are we gonna call this guy?\\
'''Hoffman''': "Doctor Octopus?"\\
'''Jonah''': That's crap.\\
'''Hoffman''': "Science Squid"?\\
'''Jonah''': Crap.\\
'''Hoffman''': "Comicbook/DoctorStrange"?\\
'''Jonah''': That's pretty good... [[MythologyGag But it's taken]]!
** Peter's landlord and his daughter, the [[SteveDitko Ditko]]vich's.
** Before the SadisticChoice:
-->'''Green Goblin''': [[WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant We are who we choose to be, now choose!]]
** One of the surgeons trying to operate on Octopus raises an arm holding a chainsaw a là [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash in Army of Darkness]]
*** In the same scene, we get a POV shot from one of the tentacles as it slithers through the air just like the unseen force in the ''Evil Dead'' movies.
* SoftGlass: Shards of glass rarely give more than a few minor scratches. Averted with the death of Rosie Octavius in the second movie.
* SomethingPerson: Spider-Man and Sandman.
* SnarkKnight: While not making as many jokes as other versions of the character, he does make a few in each movie at his opponents' expense. One of the common criticisms of the trilogy is the lack of combat banter.
* SpiderSense: After the first movie it's just implied, but Spider-Man reacts far too quickly to not be in play.
%% * SpinningPaper
* SpontaneousCrowdFormation: In the first film, they help Spidey by throwing insults and rocks at the Green Goblin. The second film plays on this, by having the crowd stand up to Doctor Octopus, only for him to easily brush them aside, snatch the defeated Spidey and carry him off.
* StarvingStudent: Peter Parker, particularly in the second movie which has him struggling through college without money and his superhero identity compounding his hardships.
%% * StealthHiBye
* StreetMusician: In the first, a blond guitar player in the New York subway. In the second, a violinist. Each plays their own version of the [[MythologyGag Spider-Man 60s TV show theme]].
* SympathyForTheHero: Both 1 and 2 have InnocentBystanders coming to Spidey's aid. More empahsized in 2, when the people on the train see him without his mask and comment on [[JustAKid how young he is]], then [[GoThroughMe try to protect him]] from Doc Ock.
%% * ThemeMusicPowerUp
* ThemeTuneCameo: The old TV series theme plays in the credits, and is played by street musicians in the first two films.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Harry Osborn and Mary-Jane in the second movie. Peter in the third movie.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: When you watch the trailer after watching the movie, it's impressive how much plot is given. The most egregious example has to be [[spoiler: showing Harry pulling off Peter's mask]] in the second film.
* TragicVillain: Each of the major villains:
** Norman Osborn, before the "Goblin" takes him over completely. He might have been rough and far from a saint but his reaction to finding out he killed people was to be horrified. The way he's been treated seems rather unfair too: A major funder switches their funding to a clearly inferior solution because they personally dislike him and the board of directors fires him from the company he built to get more money.
** Doc Ock, a patient teacher and loving husband who inadvertently caused the gruesome death of his wife when his experiment went horribly wrong. After crossing to the dark side for much of the movie, he chooses to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself]] to [[DeathEqualsRedemption save the city in the end.]]
** And Eddie Brock: despite being TheSociopath and a [[SmugSnake slimeball]], his downward spiral into madness that ends up consuming him when he bonds with the Symbiote is just sad. Also Sandman and Harry, who are on the AntiVillain side of things. Really, the only villains without any tragedy to them are Dennis Carradine and the alien symbiote.
%% * VariableTerminalVelocity
* WhipPan: How Spider-Sense is portrayed.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus. All of the villains in ''Spider-Man 3'' are all in their right minds, though Venom comes the closest to this trope.
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-->''"Who am I? I'm Spider-Man."''