YMMV / Spider-Man 2

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Dashboard Confessional's song, "Vindicated" at the end. This song fits Peter's joyous mood at the end of the sequel with knowing he has Mary Jane's love, she knows about his life and he does not have to bear his superhero burdens alone anymore, "I am Vindicated!/I am selfish/I am wrong/ I am right!/I swear I'm right!/I swear I knew it all along!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Ursula, the shy daughter of Peter's landlord, who a substantial amount of fans would have preferred to see Peter get together with rather than MJ.
    • Doc Ock, who is often considered the trilogy's best villain.
  • Even Better Sequel: While the first movie is considered good, this is widely thought of as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time.
  • Genius Bonus: The play M.J. is in is The Importance of Being Earnest, a comedy about double identities. Sound familiar?
  • Growing the Beard: Fans of the original Raimi trilogy generally consider this to be the best installment.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Jameson briefly implies that Doctor Strange exists in the movie's 'verse. He would later join the Marvel Cinematic Universe just one film after Spider-Man.
  • Memetic Mutation: Whoa.....he stole that guy's PIZZA! Quickly became one of the site's most popular fads, with imaginative re-cuts of films and music videos with Donnell Rawlings, even including the two musical stings right after his line.
    • J. Jonah Jameson's laughing face. Many knows him as the Aww Yea Guy.
  • Narm: The actors who were cast to play the extras for this movie hardly ever felt like they were natural human beings. The worst offender was when Doc Ock opens up the train car to take an exhausted Peter with him, and everyone who stood in his way gave a halfhearted "you're going to have to go through me" one-liner.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The video game adaption is also held in high regard as one of the best superhero games of all time (many considered it THE best until the release of the Batman: Arkham Series 5 years later), and alongside The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and the X-Men Legends games, revived the "Superhero Sandbox" genre after Superman 64 destroyed its credibility.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: People hate the kids who lose their balloons. The Ultimate Spider-Man game took a jab at it by having the first person that the player-controlled Venom kills in the game be an obnoxious little kid with a balloon. In the same vein, the children's crying and whining over their lost balloons for almost every player became the Most Annoying Sound.
  • Tough Act to Follow: No subsequently released Spider-Man film to date has managed to reach the movie's critical acclaim. The game seems to be this for every subsquent Spider-Man game, especially when it comes to the web-slinging mechanics of later games.