Trivia / Spider-Man Trilogy

Trivia for the film:

  • Cash Cow Franchise: The three movies were huge financial successes. Even the third, which was less well-received by critics or fans than the previous films, 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:
  • 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 in the third film (she wore wigs in the previous two.) 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 (particularly Avi Arad) convinced him otherwise. Gwen Stacy and her father were also an addition made by the executives - they were almost put into the second movie but got moved to the third instead.
    • This is what ultimately killed this iteration of the film franchise. Spider-Man 4 was green lit with Raimi wanting to do a storyline with Peter and Mary Jane's wedding and the Vulture as the main villain as well as Dr. Connors becoming The Lizard. However, Sony insisted on doing a story and script that they came up with. According to reports, it had Peter married to Mary Jane for several years, the Vulture being killed by Spider-Man, inciting the wrath of Felicia Hardy — who would here not be the Black Cat, but the Vulture's daughter called the Vulturess, 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. Raimi absolutely hated this idea and refused to do it which led to him being fired. Maguire and Dunst told the studio they would not reprise their roles unless Raimi was brought back, so the studio decided to cancel the film and do a Continuity Reboot with The Amazing Spider-Man.
  • 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.
  • Follow the Leader: The success of the films brought a wave of interest in Marvel's properties which it had sold to multiple studios, including: Daredevil, Hulk, The Punisher (2004), Fantastic Four (2005) and it played a huge impetus in getting Iron Man made, which of course led to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in time.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: The blonde Kirsten Dunst had to dye her hair red, while the redheaded Bryce Dallas Howard had to dye her hair blonde.
  • 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:
  • Star-Making Role:
    • For Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. 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.
    • It was also something of the same for Willem Dafoe who until then had made a name for himself in The '80s (in Platoon and The Last Temptation of Christ) but appeared after that largely in independent films and this was the first film in which he appeared that was a major blockbuster (he had previously appeared in the forgettable Speed sequel that didn't do as well) and it led to more prominent parts later on.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There had been numerous attempts at making the trilogy a part of a Shared Universe of some kind in the past. The first attempt occurred during production of the original movie, as it was planned for Hugh Jackman to make a cameo as Wolverine in the film, but said attempt fell apart at the last minute due to the production crew being unable to locate his X-Men costume. Later on, Sony considered making a crossover film between Spider-Man and Ghost Rider, but decided against it due to the performance of the latter film. Finally, sometime around 2007, there had been two attempts that, had they succeeded, would've made the trilogy a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the drafts for Iron Man mentioned that Tony Stark had some degree of involvement in the creation of Otto Octavius' robotic tentacles, and Tobey Maguire was planned to cameo as Peter Parker in The Incredible Hulk. Due to Marvel Studios and Sony being unable to come to an agreement, both attempts fell through.
    • 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 the absurd name of "The Vulturess", 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. This concept was used in the inaugural film of The Amazing Spider-Man Series.
    • 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. The concept of Vulture being the Big Bad was then used in Spider-Man: Homecoming, plus Kingsley was cast in a different role in that film franchise's Shared Universe.
    • 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.
    • When Cannon Films attempted to develop the film in the mid-'80s, they hired Leslie Stevens to write the script, who had very little understanding of who Spider-Man was. As a result, the draft he had turned in was a film that would've been the ultimate In-Name-Only adaptation, as it was written as a Body Horror movie that would've depicted Peter Parker as an ID badge photographer that gets exposed to a heavy amount of radiation by a Mad Scientist and is transformed into a grotesque eight-armed monster. The mad scientist would've attempted to make Peter a part of an army of mutant monsters that he had created, but Peter refuses and battles the mutant army and, at the end of the film, he and the scientist would've been killed in an explosion. As a cherry on top, this film would've been directed by Tobe Hooper (of Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist fame). Stan Lee, appalled by the script's treatment of his creation, demanded a rewrite.
    • 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.
    • Had there been more films after the third, Bruce Campbell would have played Mysterio, which would have retconned the actor's cameos throughout the films as disguises by the same person.

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