Ride: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

With Doc Ock on the loose, this could be the most dangerous night of my life! And YOURS!

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is a 3D dark ride at Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Japan. The ride follows Spider-Man and his attempts to stop the evil Sinister Syndicate, led by Doctor Octopus, in their attempt to take over the entire city. J. Jonah Jameson, seeing an advantage in this, sends the guests out in the Daily Bugle's new "SCOOP" vehicles to take pictures of what's going on. From there, things get rather...chaotic, to say the least.

The ride first opened on May 28th, 1999, with the Islands of Adventure park. A duplicate opened at Universal Studios Japan on January 23rd, 2004.

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man provides examples of the following tropes:

  • 3-D Movie: The ride is this combined with a dark ride and a simulator.
  • Adult Fear: The news report shows a little boy that's trapped upstairs in a burning building that's about to explode. Luckily, Spidey gets to him in time.
  • All There in the Manual: It is never properly explained where Doctor Octopus' levitation ray came from. He claims that he created it himself, however a tie-in comic book reveals that this was not the case and that he actually stole it from Stark Industries.
  • All Webbed Up: The fate of the Sinister Syndicate at the end of the ride.
  • Ascended Extra: Scream, a very minor symbiote character who was included because of the The Smurfette Principle and because they likely wanted to save Venom and Carnage for another project.
  • Bat Signal: Though this time it's a Spider-Signal!
  • The Be Careful Speech:
    • Spider-Man gives one to the riders at the start of the ride, saying the page quote above along with, "Be careful!"
    • Mary Jane also gives one to Peter over a voicemail message in the queue line.
  • BFG: Doctor Octopus' levitation ray.
  • Big Applesauce: Like virtually all Spider-Man comics and movies, all the action here goes down in New York.
  • Boring but Practical: Spider-Man defeats Doctor Octopus and Scream with one simple punch or kick.
  • Building Swing: As usual, via Spidey's webs.
  • Call Back: In the first scene, Spider-Man warns the riders to be careful. Later, when the riders are attacked by the Syndicate and end up in the sewers, they meet up with Spider-Man again, who says, "So much for being careful..."
  • Chekhov's Gun: Again, Doc Ock's levitation gun. The SCOOP vehicles are also this.
  • Combat Tentacles: Doc Ock's, as always.
  • Con Man: J. Jonah Jameson, who talks the guests into going out into the city for the sake of getting pictures.
  • Cool Shades: The 3-D glasses the riders wear, Spider-Man even lampshades this.
  • Creator Cameo: Stan Lee makes not one, not two, but five appearances in this ride.
  • Demoted to Extra: The only appearance Aunt May and Mary Jane make in this ride is via a voicemail in Peter's office, which you can only walk through if you're going through the Universal Express queue line.
  • Easter Egg:
    • At one point in the ride, you'll see a closed movie theater that has a phone number on its signage. If you call it, you'll get a message saying that the theater is closed until Spider-Man can make the city safe again.
    • At that same movie theater, the marque advertises the showing of a movie called The Clone Saga.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: While Spider-Man is talking to the riders in the sewers, Hydro-Man rises up right behind him, which he notices soon after.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: The ride vehicles spin rapidly as they are sent down into the sewers.
  • Evil Gloating: Upon the ride's first scene, Doc Ock is seen boasting among the other villains, saying, "with my heavy gravity cannon, even Spider-Man won't be able to stop me!".
  • Evil Laugh: Every villain in the ride except Scream does one at some point.
  • Evil Plan: The Syndicate plans to make the city surrender itself by threatening to destroy the Statue of Liberty.
  • Excuse Plot: J. Jonah Jameson recruits a bunch of random New York tourists to help him cover the Syndicate's attack on the city using a squad of automated news vans that keep them safe from the bad guys when shit goes down. Hey, it's a theme-park ride; you don't ride it for the story...
  • Fearless Fool: The guests are pretty much this in the context of the ride's story.
  • Femme Fatalons: Scream has these, which she uses in an attempt to claw the riders' faces off.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Doc Ock's tentacles are shown to have the added ability to produce fire.
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Giggling Villain: Hobgoblin is this, though he also does the standard evil laugh as well.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: But only from J. Jonah Jameson.
  • Holding Out for a Hero: The entire city at the beginning of the ride, they even light up a "Spider-Signal".
  • Intimidation Demonstration: In the queue line video, Doc Ock demonstrates the power of his anti-gravity gun by levitating an incoming train and then dropping it into the river.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: During the news report in the queue line, one of the reporters says, "In a city of tumult and turmoil, Wall Street sits eerily silent tonight, while Doc Ock and his gang rain havoc on the rest of Manhattan..." Que Scream showing up and creating chaos.
  • Justin Time: Spider-Man just narrowly prevents the riders from smashing into ground by catching them in a web.
  • Lack of Empathy: As previously mentioned, JJJ has no qualms about sending everyday people into a dangerous battle where they could easily get killed.
  • Legion of Doom: The Sinister Syndicate.
  • Militaries Are Useless: News broadcasts show that the Sinister Syndicate are able to pummel through the police with ease.
  • Monumental Theft: The villains, with the aid of the levitation gun, steal the Statue of Liberty and hold it for ransom.
  • Mythology Gag: In one scene, there's a movie theater that's currently advertising a film called The Clone Saga.
  • Night-Vision Goggles: What the 3D glasses are said to be.
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now: As stated previously, Doc Ock says a variation of this line in the beginning part of the ride.
  • One-Shot Character: Scream is this if the ride is canonical with the 90's animated series, as she never appeared in any episode.
  • The Only One: It appears Spider-Man is this, as he's the only character shown facing off against the Syndicate. Guess all the other Marvel heroes were out to lunch or something.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: JJJ with his aforementioned "plan" with the guests.
  • Photo Montage: Briefly done in the Daily Bugle introductory video to show the early roots of the company.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: Spider-Man takes out Scream, Electro, Hydro-Man, and Doctor Octopus all on rooftops.
  • Running Gag: Stan Lee's many appearances in the ride.
  • Secret Identity: Peter Parker/Spider-Man, as always. Though he doesn't seem to do a very good job at keeping it from the guests in the queue videos.
  • Shoo the Dog: Spider-Man to the riders in the first scene, warning them that it's not safe and that they shouldn't be out.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Two advertisements for Stark Industries can be seen in the ride.
    • In the Universal Express queue line, there is a long row of file cabinets that have the names of different characters and beings from the Marvel Universe.
  • Slasher Smile: Hobgoblin does this throughout the ride.
  • Slimeball: As we've basically implied already, JJJ is at his most slimiest in this ride.
  • Snark Knight: When Doc Ock attempts to levitate Spidey and misses, the latter quips, "Doc, your aim's as worse as your haircut!"
  • Spider-Man Is About to Shoot a Web at You: The ride's facade shows Spider-Man in this kind of position.
  • Spider-Sense: Appears to be implied in several scenes.
  • Spinning Paper: Subverted, a spinning paper effect is used in the Daily Bugle introduction video, but it just says "Welcome to the Daily Bugle!" on it.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Hobgoblin makes a building wall blow up with a pumpkin bomb when Spider-Man causes him to miss.
  • Suicide Mission: What Jameson secretly acknowledges sending tourists out to get pictures is.
  • Take Over the City: What Ock's current plan is.
  • Take Over the World: What Ock mentions his overall long-term plan is.
  • Tempting Fate: Doc Ock boasts, "With my heavy gravity cannon, even Spider-Man won't be able to stop me!" and minutes later, he is stopped, by Spider-Man, nonetheless.
  • Throwing Out the Script: In the queue line video, Peter Parker gives the guests a tour of the Bugle, and then notices his script says negative things about Spider-Man. He tosses it aside and gives his own perspective.
  • Title Theme Drop: A dubstep version of the classic Spider-Man theme song plays as the vehicles are pulling back into the station. The normal version of it also plays in the ride's gift shop.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Electro, who has electricity powers, and Hydro-Man, who has water powers, attacking the riders together. Certainly nothing bad could result from this...
  • We Interrupt This Program: The Sinister Syndicate cuts off all of the television signals in the city to broadcast their demands for New York to surrender. Hobgoblin even says, "We interrupt this program to give you this special report!..."
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: With JJJ's plan of sending a bunch of tourists into a dangerous battle for the sake of getting pictures?
  • World of Pun:
    • From Spider-Man:
    (after wrapping the villains in a web) "Guess that "wraps" things up!"
    • From Doctor Octopus:
    (when levitating and then dropping a train) "What goes up...must come DOWN!"
    (when making his tentacles produce fire) "Don't leave now! Things are going to...HEAT UP!"
    (before turning off the levitation on the riders, making them fall) "Happy landings!"
    • From Electro:
    (about to electrocute the vehicle) "INTRUDERS! If you think you're getting out of here, you're in for a real...SHOCK!"
    (when Doc Ock announces that they've stolen Lady Liberty) "ELECTRIFYING!"
    • From Hydro-Man:
    (during Doc Ock's broadcast, when discussing the damage he's done) "We took a bite out of the big apple!"
  • Would Hit a Girl: Spider-Man defeats Scream with a simple kick.