Entries in this series with their own Trivia pages:
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 still the highest grossing Spider-Man film worldwide to date.
- Cast the Runner-Up: James Franco auditioned for Peter Parker before being cast as Harry Osborn.
- The Danza:
- Elizabeth Banks as Elizabeth "Betty" Brant.
- Ted Raimi as Ted Hoffman.
- Dawson Casting: In the first film, 20-year-old Kirsten Dunst and 27-year-old Tobey Maguire play high schoolers.
- 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.
- Executive Meddling: 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 and Sony going their separate ways. 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. Portions of the idea were used in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with Peter and Mary Jane divorcing, albeit it wasn't because Peter cheated on Mary Jane, but because Peter was in a midlife crisis that went From Bad to Worse when Aunt May passed away, which lead to him making rash decisions that ended in divorce. It also ends on a much happier note with Peter resolving to patch things up with Mary Jane.
- Fake American: Rosemary Harris, who plays Aunt May, is British.
- 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.
- Real-Life Relative: Ted Raimi in all three films.
- Separated-at-Birth Casting: There are moments where you can look at James Franco and say with confidence, "Yeah, that does look like Willem Dafoe's son."
- 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 one 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. This was his first appearance in a major blockbuster (apart from the much-maligned Speed 2: Cruise Control), and it led to more prominent parts, to the point that he has become bankable as "a known name" for a number of independent films (such as The Florida Project) that otherwise would struggle to get funding.
- J. K. Simmons got a major boost thanks to this film and his monumental performance as J. Jonah Jameson. Eventually he found work as a respected character actor (working with The Coen Brothers in particular) and a voice actor, much in demand.
- What Could Have Been: See here
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.