- Awesome, Dear Boy: Willem Dafoe took the role of Norman Osborn because he predicted that it'd be quite the fun time for him.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: A popular meme emerged from this film where Peter puts on his glasses to better see a blurry image. In the film, however, the scene where the meme comes from depicts Peter's newfound powers improving his vision to the point where he no longer needs his glasses.
- Blooper: When Green Goblin says "Impressive", his lips are not moving.
- Cast the Expert: Spidey's wrestling opponent Bonesaw is, of course, played by real-life wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage.
- Common Knowledge: It has long been believed that the outcry from UK children and their parents when the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) gave Spider-Man a "12" certificate led to the creation of the less-restrictive "12A" rating, which is false. The BBFC were already making plans to revise their "12" rating as early as 2000 as a result of parents arguing that their 10 or 11-year-olds were mature enough to go see movies like the James Bond pictures yet were legally restricted from seeing them in the cinemas. In 2001, they introduced the "PG-12" rating as a test run in Norwich which allowed children under 12 to see the movie in the accompaniment of an adult. After the Norwich test run proved successful, the BBFC introduced the "12A" certificate with the release of The Bourne Identity.
- Dawson Casting:
- Deleted Scene:
- There's some debate over whether or not it originally appeared in the final film, but a famous trailer in which Spider-Man captures some baddies getting away in a helicopter in a web between the Twin Towers were tastefully removed following the September 11th attack.
- After drawing his costume, Peter Parker was originally going to have to make his own web-shooters instead of his organic webbing, however this was cut entirely.
- Stan Lee had a different cameo from, originally having to ask Peter to buy sunglasses and reference the X-Men, another Marvel property that had a film produced.
- After saving a couple of people by web-pulling them away from the falling debris, Peter was seen by a couple of children, praising Peter for what he has done, ending the scene with Peter's shushing about his secret.
- An alternative scene of Norman talking to his mask was filmed but cut from the film, the only footage of it can be seen is by the blooper reel.
- Disowned Adaptation: According to someone who interviewed him, Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko had mixed feelings about the film. He felt that the film was too dark and he did not like its portrayal of the military and businessmen.
- Dyeing for Your Art: To acquire his bumped-up physique, Tobey Maguire went through a strict five-month regimen of exercise, weight training and martial arts six times a week, as well as eating a high protein meal four to six times a day.
- Milestone Celebration: The film debuted in 2002, 40 years after the first appearance of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962.
- Missing Trailer Scene: The original trailer for the movie depicted a theft of a bank, with the robbers making a getaway in a helicopter. A close-up of the helicopter was shown, until the helicopter stopped, apparently caught in mid-air. As the camera zoomed out, it was shown that the helicopter was caught in a spider web, suspended between the two towers of the World Trade Center. After the attacks on the towers on 11 September 2001, however, the trailer was changed.
- No Stunt Double: Willem Dafoe did 90% of his own stunts.
- Preview Piggybacking: The trailer for Hulk is seen for various screenings of the film.
- Reality Subtext: The movie came out just under eight months after 9/11. The scene in which pedestrians pelt the Green Goblin with trash from the Roosevelt Island tram, yelling "You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us!" was added as a direct response.
- Referenced by...: In X-Men: First Class, when Hank first demonstrates his power, he ends up hanging upside-down, right at Raven's eye level. Raven then exclaims "You're amazing!"
- Saved from Development Hell: Plans for a Spider-Man feature film had been in the works since the '80s, with Cannon Films and director Tobe Hooper attached to the project at one point.
- Throw It In!: Tobey Maguire ad-libbed his lines when trying out the web.
- Unintentional Period Piece:
- The scene where a bunch of New Yorkers come to Spider-Man's aid and one shouts "You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us!" definitely serves as a reminder of the mood of post-9/11 solidarity that was prevalent for over a year or so after the attack. Especially given that that particular scene was added in post-production, after the attacks had occurred.
- Macy Gray making a cameo at the parade. Hell, much of the soundtrack is this. The credits end with Chad Kroeger of the band Nickelback (when they were new and the backlash against them hadn't hit yet) and Josey Scott of Saliva (who was also new back then), and the soundtrack album is filled with acts that were big back in 2002 but faded by The New '10s, such as the aforementioned Macy Gray, Sum 41, The Strokes, Alien Ant Farm etc.
- What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page
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