Trivia / Spider-Man Trilogy

Trivia for the film:

  • Cash Cow Franchise: The three movies were huge financial successes. Even the third, which wasn't well-received by critics or fans, was still a success, to the point of being the highest grossing domestic release of 2007, and the highest grossing Spider-Man film worldwide to date.
  • The Danza: Elizabeth Banks as Elizabeth "Betty" Brant.
  • Dawson Casting: In the first film, 20-year-old Kirsten Dunst and 27-year-old Tobey Maguire play high schoolers.
  • Development Gag: 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! ůMy back, my back!" scene, and a Freeze-Frame Bonus Bugle headline claiming link between back pain and brain shrinkage.
  • Development Hell: One of the most infamous cases in comic book movie history. The rights for an actual Spider-Man film changed from script to script, hand to hand, company to company for over 15 years.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Dunst (it was a wig in the first film, but she liked the look so the sequels are literal cases). Interesting, considering Dunst is a blonde playing a redhead and Bryce Dallas Howard is a redhead playing a blonde.
    • Maguire, Church, and Grace all gained double-digits pounds of muscle.
  • Executive Meddling: Raimi had initially had no intention of using Venom since he felt the movies he was making did not have the right tone for the symbiotes, but Sony convinced him otherwise.
  • Fake American:
    • Rosemary Harris, who plays Aunt May, is British.
    • Spider-Man 2: Alfred Molina, who plays Doctor Octopus, is from London. When he says the line, "I should've known Osborn wouldn't have the spine to finish you!", his voice slips a bit.
    • Daniel Gillies, who plays John Jameson, is Canadian and grew up in New Zealand.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The game based on the second movie is considered to be one of the best licensed superhero games of all time.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The games based on the first and third movie, to varying degrees.
    • Whilst the game based on the first film was well received upon release, the sequel was such an improvement that it has since fallen under this trope.
    • The PSP version of Spider-Man 2 is widely considered to be a lackluster game, lacking most of the features that allow the home console version to avert this trope.
    • The Spider-Man 3 games, are a bit more complicated. Whilst the PS3/Xbox 360/PC version is considered a decent-to-average game that doesn't improve upon it's predecessor, the PS2/Wii version is considered a widely inferior game that took several steps back from Spider-Man 2.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Ted Raimi in all three films.
    • Tobey Maguire's half-brothers (the two boys who give Peter back his mask) in 2.
    • Sam Raimi's daughter (the little girl with the camera who sells it to JJ) in 3.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Elizabeth Banks as Betty Brant.
    • Future Oscar winner Octavia Spencer as the receptionist at the wrestling event who initially laughs off Peter's desire to wrestle Bonesaw.
    • Joe Manganiello as Flash Thompson in the first and third films
    • From Spider-Man 2
  • Star-Making Role: For Tobey Maguire. It was also James Franco's first big role, but he never became a main event player until later on. Some actors and actresses in the cast also got additional boost because of the trilogy.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Alicia Witt, Tara Reid, and Eliza Dushku all auditioned for the role of Mary Jane. Kate Hudson was the initial choice, but she turned down the role.
    • Jake Gyllenhaal would've taken over the role of Peter Parker if Maguire's back problems became too much. Which makes a lot of sense; they resemble each other so much, they actually played brothers in the film of the same name.
    • The script for the fourth film which caused Raimi to leave. According to reports, it had Peter married to Mary Jane for several years, Adrian Toomes replacing Jameson as head of the Daily Bugle, Spider-Man deliberately killing the Vulture, inciting the wrath of Felicia Hardy — who would here not be the Black Cat, but the Vulture's daughter, with whom Peter would essentially cheat on Mary Jane with; and most notably, the ending would have had Mary Jane leaving with her and Peter's baby, and "Spider-Man No More" happening again. According to sources, Raimi was repeatedly vocal about how much he hated this script.
    • Sam Raimi also wanted Dr. Curt Connors (who was played by Dylan Baker in the previous two films) to become The Lizard at some point in the film.
    • Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich were both considered for the role of the Green Goblin. Malkovich and Ben Kingsley were also considered for the Vulture in the cancelled fourth film.
    • Stan Lee was going to deliver the "He stole that guy's pizza!" line in 2. An outtake of this can be seen at the end of the DVD's blooper reel.
    • Years ago, James Cameron was going to do the Spider-Man movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Octopus. During this time, there was also another R-rated treatment that had a villain who was a Composite Character of Norman Osborn and Electro, would feature Spider-Man killing criminals, and would have MJ and Spidey having sex on a big web while Peter kept his mask on.
    • Doctor Octopus was going to appear in the first film as a secondary villain to the Green Goblin. Raimi felt that having three origin stories would make the movie too cluttered and so Doc Ock was saved for the sequel.
    • 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.

Trivia for the video games:

  • The Other Darrin: Averted with Spider-Man and the film's villains, as the games saw Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Thomas Haden Church, and Topher Grace reprise their roles, but there are still some roles in the films that were recast for the games:
    • Cat O'Conner and Kari Wahlgren replace Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane in the first and third games respectively, with Dunst only reprising the role in the second game.
    • Jay Gordon and Josh Keaton replace J. K. Simmons and James Franco in the respective roles of J. Jonah Jameson and Harry Osborn, with Simmons and Franco reprising the roles for the third game. Gordon also replaced the late Randy Savage as Bone Saw McGraw.
    • Mindy Sterling replaces Rosemary Harris as Aunt May.
    • Jeff Coopwood and Charlie Robertson replace Bill Nunn as Robbie Robertson in the second and third games respectively.
    • Bethany Rhoades and Rachel Kimsey replaces Elizabeth Banks as Betty Brant in the second and third games, respectively.
    • Peter Lurie replaces Ron Perkins as Mendell Stromm. Lurie himself was replaced as Kraven by Neil Kaplan.
    • Dylan Baker is replaced as Curt Connors by Joe Alaskey in the second game and Nathan Carlson in the third.
    • Dee Bradley Baker replaces Mike McColl as Scorpion.
    • Steve Blum replaces John DiMaggio as the Rhino.

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