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 it was the highest grossing Spider-Man film worldwide until Spider-Man: Far From Home took the title 12 years later. That's also the reason why, even after struggling with a reboot attempt, Sony Pictures didn't let the rights go to Marvel Studios and only partner with them if it benefits them.
- Cast the Runner-Up:
- The Danza:
- Dawson Casting: In the first film, 20-year-old Kirsten Dunst, 24-year-old James Franco, 26-year-old Joe Manganiello and 27-year-old Tobey Maguire all play (senior) high schoolers.
- Deleted Scene: See here.
- 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.
- Fake American: Rosemary Harris, who plays Aunt May, is British. Ditto Alfred Molina as Otto Octavius in the second film.
- Fan Nickname: The films are known affectionately on Reddit as the "Holy Trilogy".
- 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.
- Hostility on the Set: When James Franco joked about Tobey Maguire's "frog-like" features on set, the latter was reportedly genuinely upset by Franco's comments. This created friction between the two actors, which led to the existing rivalry between them now - a rivalry that was admitted to by Maguire in interviews since.
- Real-Life Relative:
- 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