Trivia / Spider-Man 2

Trivia for the film:

  • Awesome, Dear Boy / Promoted Fanboy: Alfred Molina was a fan of Marvel and jumped at the chance to be in the film.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Alfred Molina lost some weight for the role of Doctor Octopus, considering he had had to gain some for the part of Diego Rivera in Frida. He said he wanted Doc Ock to have the build of a "1950s weightlifter".
    • Kirsten Dunst dyed her hair red for the film.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • After an injury during filming Seabiscuit, Toby Maguire was almost replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal. Both would later co-star in 2009's Brothers.
    • Doc Ock aside, previous drafts included the Lizard and Black Cat villains. Another draft featured a younger Octavius who created the spider that bit Peter. In the end, all ideas were scrapped.
    • Robert De Niro, Sam Neill, Ed Harris, Chris Cooper, David Duchovny and Liev Schrieber were all considered for the role of Otto Octavius. Cooper would later play Norman Osborne in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
    • An early storyline idea that was thrown out was for Harry to put a price on Spidey's head.
    • Michael Chabon, hot off winning a Pulitzer Prize for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, was hired to write 2. While his draft wasn't fully used, enough elements were for him to receive a screenwriting credit. In his draft:
      • Otto Octavius was younger, single and in a Love Triangle with Peter and Mary Jane.
      • Harry would've gone into extreme paranoia after Norman's death, and takes out a $10 million bounty against Spider-Man, meaning that Peter has to save people trying to kill him for the reward money.
      • Doctor Octopus' obsession with his exo-arms is framed as an addiction.
      • Peter inexplicably losing his powers is given an answer as Otto gave him a microchip meant to reverse his spider DNA. Later on, Peter's forced to become a Combat Pragmatist against Doc Ock.
      • Doc Ock doesn't become fused with his arms until the subway fight.
      • Doc Ock is obsessed with Spider-Man because the chip he gave him can stabilize his fusion with the bionic arms.
      • Aunt May would've been angrier with Peter when she finds out that he could've stopped Uncle Ben's killer. Later on, they have a discussion where feeling crushed by your responsibilities is normal, not something you can escape from, and not a special destiny.
      • Peter would've gotten his powers back by taking a knife and pliers and digging the chip out.
      • Doc Ock captures Spider-Man, and Mary Jane and Harry find out about Peter's secret identity.
      • And lastly, it's Mary Jane who convinces Otto to abandon the experiment through their prior connection, and Spider-Man breaks free and saves Mary Jane.
    • An additional fight scene between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus on a collapsing water tower was storyboarded but never used in the finished film.
    • There was to be a scene where Otto, after having become Doctor Octopus, confronts Dr. Connors and ends up attacking him. The scene is used in the video game adaptation, however.
  • Working Title: The Amazing Spider-Man.

Trivia for the game:

  • Celebrity Voice Actor: The game has the voices of Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man), Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane), Alfred Molina (Dr. Octopus), and Bruce Campbell as the Narrator. Additionally, whilst some movie characters are not voiced by their film counterparts, they are played by notable character actors such as Mindy Sterling (Aunt May)
  • What Could Have Been: The 2003 trailer sported a more cel-shaded style, and showcased the Lizard, who never made it into the game (though there were lizard men of sorts in the game, though only in the unlockable bonus fight arena mode). One of the hint markers makes a reference to this; "Everyone knows that lizards only live in sewers anyway."