- The aftermath of Uncle Ben's death really hits hard in this movie, especially the scene directly following when all Peter can do is listen to the voicemail his uncle left him — and he can't even do that without breaking down. Hell, even Flash comes to Peter at school and apologizes for being an ass.
- Also, by the time Peter finds Ben, he's already dead. There's no last words or any meaningful eye contact between them; he's gone, just like that.
- And Peter's reaction to his uncle's death is heartbreaking. He's screaming for someone to call an ambulance, and plainly has no idea what to do when he's attempting to stop the bleeding.
- Before that, they had an argument:Ben: You're a lot like your father. You really are, Peter, and that's a good thing. But your father lived by a philosophy, a principle, really. He believed that...that if you could do good things for other people, you had a moral obligation to do those things! That's what at stake here. Not a choice; responsibility.
Peter: That is nice. That's really...that's great. That's all well and good, so where is he?
Peter: Where is he? Where's my dad? He didn't think it was his responsibility to be here and tell me this himself?
Ben: Oh, come on! How dare you?
Peter: How dare I? How dare you?!
- Ben's posthumous voicemail to Peter as well.
- Also the fact that after Peter walks away, Ben went looking for him to help with whatever grief he's feeling. Though May thinks they should give him some time alone, but Ben doesn't want things to be left unsaid.
- Plus, Ben must feel guilty for bringing up Peter's father, despite knowing it's a touchy subject for his nephew.
- Also, the way Ben says "How dare you?" It's like he's hurt by Peter's very low opinion of his father and not appreciating what Richard had to go through to keep him safe.
- Gwen showing up at Peter's house after her father's funeral and desperately asking him why he wasn't there.
- Everything May goes through, her family slowly being ripped apart, first with the Parker men disappearing, then her husband being shot, and her nephew coming home late at night covered in cuts and bruises. And then at the end of film, Peter comes home covered in blood and she just holds him tightly.
- Flash's words after Peter slams him against the locker explains a lot about the character in very little time.Flash: It feels better, right? Look, your uncle died. I'm sorry. I get it. I'm sorry.
- Captain Stacy's death. He starts off as a rather unsympathetic character but grows on you as you see his reasoning, and that he's not just a one-note take-the-vigilante-off-my-streets copper, until at last he gets the chance to stop Peter/Spider-Man, and lets him go. And saves his life. And then gets killed. Also, Stacy asking Peter to break up with Gwen so that she's not put in danger by the enemies he'll make as Spider-Man.
- The fate of Dr. Connors. He's pushed into taking the serum when Dr. Ratha shuts him down, and it's strongly implied that he had little control over what his lizard self did. He's horrified when he regains full humanity and sees what he's done. (Yes, he was responsible and deserved punishment, since the choice to take the serum was ultimately his, but sad, even so.)
- What's even worse is he didn't take the serum just For Science!. He took it because Ratha was about to test it on wounded veterans and he was trying to minimize casualties if the serum went wrong. (And, of course, it did.)
Tear Jerker / The Amazing Spider-Man
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