"A man will face his destiny. A hero will be revealed."
The second entry in the Spider-Man Trilogy
, this sequel to Spider-Man
was released in 2004. Peter is struggling to find balance in his life, as the increasing burden of being a superhero gets in the way of his relationship with his studies, job, friends, family, and the woman he loves
. Once the stress begins to affect his powers, he decides to give up being Spider-Man once and for all.
This comes at a bad time, since the brilliant scientist Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina
) is caught in a Freak Lab Accident
that not only kills his wife, but also attaches four mechanical tentacles to him. Going insane, he becomes the evil "Doctor Octopus
" and is determined to retry the failed experiment on a much bigger scale—For Science!
, of course. With the city in danger and his relationship with Mary Jane in doubt, Peter is forced to "get back to work".
Followed by Spider-Man 3
This film provides examples of:
- Not So Different: The butler compares Harry to his dad.
Harry: Good night, Bernard.
Bernard: Your father only obsessed over his work.
Harry: (irritated) Good night, Bernard.
- The Obstructive Love Interest: Mary-Jane.
- Oh, Crap: A nice group example of the snared up police car, seconds before "...it's a web!!"
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Octavius is a brilliant nuclear physicist who has nearly perfected a viable source of infinite power from nuclear fusion. On the way, he has also made revolutionary breakthroughs in robotics and software engineering to create his intelligent arms. Not only that, but he must have developed an extremely effective power source even before the fusion reactor just to power the extremely strong arms.
- The Paragon: Aunt May points out to Peter that Spider-Man is a symbol of hope to people who are in the face of despair and that you trust him when he tells you to hold on for just a minute longer, and that even the boy across the street wants to be Spider-Man when he grows up.
- This saves Peter at the end when the people on the train rally against Octavius to protect an unconscious Peter, seeing him unmasked and realising that the hero putting himself in harms way to save them is "just a kid, no older than my son".
- Post-Victory Collapse: A very moving one after Spider-man stops the runaway train and is kept from falling by the very people he just rescued. Unfortunately he's in no condition to fight off Doc Ock again when he arrives to kidnap him afterward.
- Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: Peter loses his powers due to being unconsciously conflicted about whether or not to keep being Spider-Man.
- Recycled Soundtrack: Some of the music was reused from the first film.
- Redemption Equals Death: Dr. Octavius has to drag the reactor with him into the river to stop it from destroying New York.
Doc Ock: I will not die a monster!
- Rooftop Confrontation: Subverted. A fight between Spider-Man and Octavius begins on the roof of a building, but they end up chasing each other all over the city.
- Runaway Bride: MJ leaves a note to let the groom know he's been abandoned at the altar.
- Shaky P.O.V. Cam: It's a Sam Raimi movie, what did you expect?!
- Hoffman mentions "Doctor Strange" as a potential name for Doc Ock. Jameson admits that it's good..."but it's taken." Sadly, a Doctor Strange film to back Jameson up still has yet to appear.
- In the hospital scene, the lunging POV shot from the sensors on the tentacles is reminiscent of the POV of the "Evil" in Evil Dead. A side view of one of the tentacles zooming toward a screaming woman also mimics the "flying eye" gag in Evil Dead 2.
- Sinister Shades: the ones Otto wears when he abducts Mary Jane
- Skyward Scream: "I WANT SPIDER-MAN!"
- Twenty Nine Minutes Or It's Free: Played straight with the opening sequence
- This Is Your Brain on Evil
- Too Dumb to Live: Dr. Octavius, we know you have incredible confidence in your machine, but at the same time, did you ever stop to think that maybe conducting a test on an experimental fusion reactor in New York City - where there are over 20 million people - was an incredibly wise decision? And this was before you went crazy?
- Tragic Villain: Dr. Octopus
- Train Stopping: Peter uses webs as a stretch net to brake the train to a stop
- Funny enough, it actually becomes Truth in Television about 10 years later from a research conducted. Apparently, using the webs to stop the train can actually work.
- Traintop Battle: Including a runaway train.
- Unobtainium: Oscorp's tritium.
- Although it is an unusual example, since tritium is a real substance and is used in some fusion experiments. However, real tritium is nothing like the substance portrayed in the movie, and it effectively functions as Unobtainium that just happens to have a semi-accurate name.
- Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Provides the page image. One of the funniest examples too. An alternate version happens in the extended cut.
- Under the Truck: Spidey is chasing two crooks in a car and naturally, a truck pulls out in the way. Rather than slide under, Spidey swings through the gap between the cab and trailer.
- Villain Team-Up:played with. For different reasons Doctor Octopus(consistent thwarting) and Harry Osborn(misguided vengeance) have a common enemy in Spider-Man, so they form a loose alliance. Harry may only commit villainous acts toward Spidey, but his deal with Otto knowingly puts the entire city in mortal danger.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Doctor Octopus, thanks to the way those arms are stuck on him.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong? with that nuclear experiment?
- When Things Spin, Science Happens: The reactor.
- You Killed My Father: The reason Harry wants revenge on Spider-Man. He even says it, word-for-word, towards the end of the film.