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The movie:

  • Accidental Innuendo: This exchange between Peter and Mary Jane:
    Peter: Picking up where we left off.
    Mary Jane: Where was that? We never got on. You can't get off if you don't get on, Peter.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Did Aunt May figure out on her own that Peter is Spider-Man and is just keeping it to herself? Her motivational speech to Peter about the nature of heroism and sacrifice seems a bit preachy and random if it's directed at Peter, but is very specific and relevant if she knows she's talking to Spider-Man. Some believe that her encounter with Spider-Man earlier in the film, where Peter runs away and then a minute later Spider-Man is here, and she talks to Spidey and hears his voice, were intended to set this up — after all, how could May hear Spider-Man's voice, when Peter isn't even trying to disguise it, and not recognize it as the voice of the nephew she raised? There's also the fact that May never seems angry at Peter for abandoning her when Doc Ock showed up, which might imply she knows he was the one who saved her. The film and the sequel never confirm if she knows, but some fans consider it as good as canon.
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    • Did Aunt May give away Peter's comics to help him grow up? Or was a bit of Restrained Revenge for Peter's (accidental) role in Uncle Ben's death.
  • Author's Saving Throw: The first movie was criticized for flanderizing Peter into a geeky loser who Can Not Talk To Women and is unable to tell MJ how he feels about her. In this movie however, he is considerably more confident about his feelings, to the point that he tells her he wants to be in a relationship with her even when she is engaged to another man, and while he and MJ still, have a Will They or Won't They? drama, it is less so because she won't notice a nerd like Peter and more because he is unable to keep his promises. And of course he ends up attracting more women without even realizing in this movie, including Ursula and Betty Brant. This characterization is maintained in the next movie.
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  • Awesome Music: Michael Bublé's version of the classic Spider-Man theme that plays during the closing credits.
  • Better on DVD: The film was improved for Spider-Man 2.1 with extended battles, improved acting, and more longer emotional moments, which makes this an Even Better Expansion of an Even Better Sequel.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In 2.1, Jameson dressing up as Spider-Man and pretending to be him after his discarded suit was sent to the Daily Bugle building, while hilarious, adds nothing to the plot, which probably explains why it was omitted from the theatrical cut.
  • Can't Un-Hear It: Many people like thinking of Alfred Molina's voice while reading Doctor Octopus' lines.
  • Complete Monster: In a previous draft titled Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Otto Octavius lacks his final product's much more tragic, complex characterization, and is thus presented as a complete psychopath driven by his ego. Having murdered Richard and Mary Parker years ago for hiding the image refractor from him so as to prevent the completion of Octavius's dangerous fusion machine, Octavius takes their son Peter under his wing and manipulates the young man into the handing the refractor over before trying to kill him as well. After having his metallic tentacles fused with his torso, Octavius uses them kill his way out of a hospital and goes on a rampage through New York City, murdering several people and endangering dozens more. Octavius hopes to ally with foreign powers to complete his fusion reactor, fully willing to then hand it over to terrorists to use as a WMD so long as he gets to see it in use, and raids the wedding of Harry Osborn to obtain the final missing component to the machine, threatening the hundreds of guests with death if he doesn't get what he wants.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • 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. It helps that at the time the actress was also playing a minor but highly endearing character on Joan of Arcadia.
    • Her father, Mr. Ditkovich for being a Fountain of Memes, a Deadpan Snarker and a Large Ham. The sequel shows he has some Hidden Depths, endearing him to fans even more.
    • Mr. Aziz is well-remembered by being a meme dispensing machine. Helping matters is many fans agree that he's a pretty reasonable boss all things considered, being well within his rights to critique and fire Peter, which he does without malice.
  • Epileptic Trees: Fans have speculated that one of the two black kids who witnessed Peter Parker doing the backflip from crashing his motorbike is Miles Morales.
  • Even Better Sequel: While the first movie is considered very good, this is widely thought of as the better film, and is held up as among the best films in the superhero genre.
  • Evil Is Cool: Alfred Molina's Dr. Octopus is considered a highlight of the film and one of the best portrayals of the character. Much as with J.K. Simmons and J. Jonah Jameson, Molina has expressed interest in returning to the role if future Spider-Man films ever want to feature Doc Ock again, and that the announcement he would be doing exactly that got a warm reception from fans.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Dr. Octopus to some, being a Big Beautiful Man who gets a couple of shirtless scenes. Him being a Tragic Villain also gives him sympathy points.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The fact that Doctor Strange and Frank Castle apparently exist in this universe raises all sorts of possibilities relating to the rest of the Marvel Universe existing alongside Tobey's Spider-Man.
  • Genius Bonus: The play M.J. is in is The Importance of Being Earnest, a comedy about double identities. Sound familiar?
  • Growing the Beard: This film is considered the best of Sam Raimi's films for this reason, as there is more relatable storytelling, memorable and emotional scenes like Peter quitting his duties as Spider-Man, and phenomenal music by Danny Elfman that fit the scenes so well and are still remembered to this day.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Doc Ock's "I will not die a monster" moment at the end of the film can be a bit painful to watch given that his plan in Ends of the Earth is to cause genocide on a planetary scale and be remembered as history's greatest monster. Not only that, but this Doc Ock canonically came back from the dead... as a villain yet again. Fortunately, it's temporary as Doc Ock is still under the tentacles' sway, having been transplanted from a point in Spider-Man 2 prior to his redemption, and he gets a full Heel–Face Turn when his inhibitor chip is repaired.
    • The train incident in the Philippines in 2014 happens to be exactly the same as the movie when the front car derailed and overshot at the end of the track, at least no reports of casualties besides few passengers were injured from impact and some motorbikes were crushed. This can be quite Hilarious in Hindsight since they jokingly comment that Spider-Man actually came to stop the train from overshooting into crowded traffic and spawns photoshops of the incident with him.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • Doc Ock's determination to save the city from his own creation (at the cost of his life) can now come across as a hope-lifting moment that foreshadows Doc Ock's role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, where his inhibitor chip is finally repaired, and he actually helps the Spider-Men to defeat the other supervillains in the MCU. He's even given a second chance at life thanks to the kindness of MCU Aunt May and Spider-Man, as well as the Arc Reactor to help build a better, safer energy machine for his universe.
    • The same film seems to establish that Otto and Norman were friends at one point. This makes his determination to help Oscorp come off as someone trying to help his friend's struggling son.
    • And of course, the scene of Peter triumphantly returning as Spider-Man is sweeter to watch following Tobey Maguire's epic comeback in this very role during the same film.
    • Peter's promise "I'll always be Spider-Man" becomes this when No Way Home reveals he has made good on that promise and had continued his career as a superhero well into his forties.
  • He Really Can Act: Tobey Maguire does an amazing job performing the film's dramatic scenes, such as when Peter reveals to Aunt May the truth about Uncle Ben's death.
  • 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 did. Avengers: Infinity War takes it a step further, with Spider-Man getting caught in the same plot thread as Doctor Strange and effectively becoming his teammate for the film's course.
    • Mary Jane gets engaged to J.J. Jameson's son, only to go back to Peter in the end. Two years later, we got Superman Returns, in which Lois Lane gets engaged to Perry White's nephew, much to the consternation of many fans.
    • Roshan Fegan, one of the two boys Peter talked to early in the film, would later portray Ty Blue, the older brother of Zendaya's character Rocky Blue in the Disney Channel series Shake it Up. Zendaya herself would star in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
    • J. Jonah Jameson's Skyward Scream of "I WANT SPIDER-MAN!!!!!!" quickly followed up by a newspaper headline saying "[Spider-Man]'s back!" is this in light of Sony and Marvel patching things up in 2019 and striking a new deal, effectively returning Tom Holland's Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • Because of Troubled Production, Tobey Maguire was almost replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal. When Katie Holmes dropped out of The Dark Knight Trilogy it was Jake's sister Maggie that replaced her as Rachel Dawes. As for Jake, he ended up being Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. And Jake (via archive footage) and Tobey both appear in the sequel, Spider-Man: No Way Home.
    • During a behind-the-scenes prank on the set of this film, Willem Dafoe pretends to be Doctor Octopus while wearing Otto Octavius's goggles and reading his lines in his Green Goblin voice. Fast-forward to Spider-Man: No Way Home, where not only do Dafoe and Alfred Molina co-star as their respective characters, but Norman also gets a redesigned costume that comes with goggles that look very similar to the ones he wore during the aforementioned prank.
    • The scene where Doctor Octopus is shown using one of his tentacles to choke Peter after he begs him to shut off his machine no longer feels quite as dramatic after viewing Spider-Man: No Way Home, as that film reveals that moment was exactly when Otto accidentally warps to the MCU. One can't help but imagine Dr. Octavius freaking out as he disappears in a flash of light, leaving the Peter of this universe confused as to what happened.
  • Hype Backlash: Its status as the best sequel or best Spider-Man film leads to this, particularly amongst younger fans, especially after the MCU Spider-Man films, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Some argue that the film is overpraised with its flaws being ignored, such as Mary Jane's unsympathetic behavior towards Peter and the film constantly making Peter's life such a living hell that it makes the film feel too needlessly cynical.
  • Iconic Sequel Outfit: While the suit that Spidey wears in this movie is nearly identical to the one in the first movie, the new suit has a darker shade of blue, a thicker, more prominent black spider on the chest, and a larger red spider on the back with more spindly legs compared to the suit in the first movie. This second red/blue suit was the version added to Spider-Man (PS4) after much fan demand.
  • Love to Hate: Doc Ock is a beloved antagonist for being an incredibly smart and dangerous threat while having plenty of depth and sympathetic traits. Alfred Molina's excellent performance certainly helps quite a bit as well.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Dr. Otto Octavius is a brilliant, charming scientist defined by tragedy and obsession. An inspiration to young scientists with his work on nuclear fusion, Octavius' life is turned upside down when one of his experiments fails, leading to the death of his beloved wife Rosie and the fusing of his robotic, AI-controlled arms to his spine. Tempted by his arms into embracing his ego and desire to see the fusion experiment replicated, Octavius becomes "Doctor Octopus," supervillain extraordinaire, and pulls off a successful bank heist by using hostages to throw the police and Spider-Man off his tail. Needing more tritium to complete his experiment, Octavius strikes a deal with Harry Osborn for tritium in exchange for Spider-Man, who Octavius captures by kidnapping Mary Jane Watson to lure him out, then sabotaging a train so as to force Spider-Man to weaken himself saving the passengers. Octavius ultimately succeeds in his new fusion experiment, however realizes it's not worth it for the human lives it will cost, and works with Spider-Man to destroy the machine forever, sacrificing himself in the process with his final words being a refusal to die as a monster.
  • Memetic Mutation: See here.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Jameson's laugh. The clicking and whirring metallic noises Octopus's arms make are also quite easy on the ears.
  • Narm: Here.
  • Narm Charm: The bank robbery. Seeing all the money in New York City kept as gold coins held in sacks is downright cartoonish, with the silliness amplified as Doc Ock starts throwing the money he was trying to steal at Spider-Man. Nevertheless, it's definitely more eye-catching than just watching the villain hack into the bank's data system. And being a comic book movie, it's not that out of place.
  • Padding: The scene where Peter eats cake with Ursula. While it doesn't seem it was intended to fill out time and is a sweet moment that helps the movie feel a little less cynical, the scene doesn't contribute to main plot regarding Peter trying to be Spider-Man again and realizing the sacrifices he has to make to be Spider-Man, nor does it contribute to the subplots regarding Doc Ock and Harry Osborne.
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  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The trilogy is usually accused of this overall, but this is the one with greatest focus on the romance. Peter Parker spends the majority of film out-of-costume, and worried about his romance with Mary Jane, most of the film's most serious drama is not really about Dr. Octopus and his Tritium experiment but whether the two love-birds can get together or not.
  • Sacred Cow: The film is frequently brought up in "best superhero movies of all time" discussions over a decade after its release, and you'd be likely to be run over with angry comments if you don't put this movie in your list of best superhero movies.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The train scene is the first thing that pops up when you remember about this movie. As an added bonus, scientists who have been working on replicating spider silks as a new clothing material like to refer to this particular scene as their source of inspiration.
    • The scene after. It gives a powerful message to the train passengers and resonates with the audience that The Hero who risks his life to save theirs is "just a kid no older than their son".
    • If one includes scenes that originated memes, then there's Peter delivering pizzas and Jameson laughing hysterically at Peter after the latter asked for his advanced salary. Peter's downright strange and bloodcurdling scream near the end can also count. Peter hurting his back became such a well-known meme that it gets a Call-Back in Spider-Man: No Way Home, with Tobey's Spider-Man suffering from back problems later in life.
    • "Brilliant, but lazy?
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • Though the effects used to render Doc Ock's tentacles hold up very well in almost every shot in which they appear, the lone, brief shot of Octavius raising his arms to shield himself from the broken glass when Rosie is killed features some bizarrely unpolished CGI—there doesn't appear to be any light ray-tracing or even texture on the tentacles' claws.
    • A minor example. In the scene where Peter's boss rips the sticker with the pizza place's logo off Peter's helmet, you can see a couple of half-destroyed stickers underneath from previous takes.
    • After Peter managed to stop the train and loses consciousness, the man on his right is shown touching one of the bar handles with his arm. The bar handles are made of rubber and it shows.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The music used in Otto Octavius' ill-fated test run of the fusion reactor is virtually identical to the main theme from Hellbound: Hellraiser II. This was no coincidence — as the music was used as the scene's "temp music" during the film's production, and Sam Raimi ended up becoming so attached to the temp music that he ordered Danny Elfman to compose a track that sounded just like it. Elfman refused and bluntly told Raimi to just hire Christopher Young, the person that composed the Hellraiser II music in the first place, to score something identical for the scene. This incident, along with several others, is what caused Danny Elfman and Sam Raimi to have a falling out, and why Elfman did not return to compose the score for Spider-Man 3, with Young himself taking over. (Elfman and Raimi would eventually mend fences, with Elfman scoring Oz the Great and Powerful and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.)
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • John Jameson is pretty much just a Satellite Love Interest for Mary Jane, only being there to create tension for Peter's relationship with her. The comic book version of him had way more of a personality and presence, being a superhero himself. Even ignoring that, he doesn't interact with JJJ, his father, once in the movie, and him rivaling Peter for MJ's affection could've turned him into a part of Spider-Man's Rogues Gallery, but nope, he's just there to be the popular rival to Peter.
    • Ursula seems like she could've been a Second Love for Peter. The girl is the only person who was there for Peter while he struggled, offering him sweets without a reward, while Mary Jane scorned him and went off to marry somebody else. Even her father, while a stern landlord, also seems quite accepting of Peter. Instead, we see Peter and Mary Jane getting back together.
  • True Art Is Angsty: This is the most angsty of the films, with focus more on Peter's struggle to maintain a working personal life with his superhero activities. For a long, long time it was also the most critically acclaimed of all the Spider-Man films, including the latter films, until it was surpassed by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 2018. It's also the least successful, box office wise, of the original films, though that's a highly relative measure as all three were box office smashes (and 2 did outperform 3 in the domestic market). A common reason most cite for loving it is the angst, while a common reason most cite for disliking it is the same. Depending on your view, it's either well-written angst, or it's badly-handled angst. Either way, the angst is the topic that splits most on the film.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Mary Jane comes off as rather unlikable here due to giving No Sympathy to Peter just for missing her play repeatedly. Nevermind that, even aside from Peter's responsibilities as Spider-Man, Peter has his own life to worry about, which includes juggling college with two part-time jobs as he tries to live on his own for the first time with no one to support him (not to mention all the problems with Harry and Aunt May he's trying to deal with in this film), and Mary Jane never shows any sympathy or interest in how he's doing. Then there's the matter of leaving John Jameson at the altar in order to be with Peter, leaving him a note rather than telling him straight-up. It perhaps wouldn't be as bad if the film itself didn't gloss over her flawed behavior, all while taking dumps on Peter for his own as if he's solely to blame for his and MJ's crumbling relationship.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: To the extent that it won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.note 
    • Doc Ock's tentacles, which were largely accomplished via practical effects, with each arm being controlled by a team of puppeteers.
    • The shot of Doc Ock's face as he falls into the water during his Heroic Sacrifice was completely CGI, yet looks completely real. It was hailed by the effects team as the most realistic CGI face in film at the time.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: People had this reaction to Mary Jane, wondering why Peter would show any sympathy to someone who hadn't been helpful to him.
  • The Woobie:
    • Otto Octavius, aka Doc Ock. The man tries to revolutionize recyclable energy for a better world, but his initial experiment ends in the tragic loss of both his wife and his credibility. Despite this, he tries his hardest to try to recreate and improve his device, but it's ultimately put into an uncontrollable situation where Failure Is the Only Option. And his criminal activites? The mechanical arms attached to his back gaining sentience thanks to their advanced AI and the initial accident destroying their inhibitor. Probably the best example of Octavius at his Woobie-est would be his soliloquy at the docks:
      Otto Octavius: My Rosie's dead. My dream is dead. And these [his arms]... monstrous things should be at the bottom of the river... along with me.
    • Peter spends most of the film struggling with his personal life while still attempting to retain his Spider-Man persona. This costs him jobs and relationships, until all his anguish builds up and leads him to temporarily abandon his super hero identity.

The Game:

  • Anti-Climax Boss: After he pulls off a convincing alien invasion hoax and a trippy "funhouse of doom", you'd expect Mysterio to have an imaginative boss fight, especially when the cutscene prior gives him three health bars. Instead, he just stands and boasts while doing nothing to harm you, and one punch does him in.
  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack is written by KMFDM.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The entirety of the Mysterio plotline is this, but perhaps it's at its biggest at the "Funhouse of Doom" section. Spider-Man goes through a bizarre funhouse with wobbly clowns, creepy holographic heads and a hall of mirrors where his reflections come to life and try and kill him... and it's all seemingly within an ordinary apartment building. And all this is never brought up again.
  • Demonic Spiders: The mooks using Powered Armor. They're strong, durable, and have weapons that can knock Spidey down for a few seconds. Even worse is that after you first fight them in the plot, they can show up when taking a civilian mission. The best of way of fighting them is to take advantage of their slow turn rate and punch them from behind, but multiple Powered Armor Mooks can make this a tough endeavour.
  • Ending Fatigue: The final encounter with Doctor Octopus makes up the third-to-last chapter of the game. The penultimate chapter consists of getting 50,000 hero points (while every other chapter only required less than 10,000), and the final chapter is just buying the final web swing upgrade.
  • Good Bad Bugs: If you start a race and clip through Daily Bugle's (now-locked) entryway, the race won't end - instead, the timer will still be present while playing as Peter inside DB. Cool on its own, but pausing the game, canceling the race and restarting it sends you back outside to the starting point, still as Peter! Then just cancel the race without restarting it to be able to free roam as Peter without his costume. Granted, there is very little you can do (Everything, save for running and basic dodges are disabled) but it allows exploring the city as Peter - just don't fall into water, as it'll show the usual cutscene before the game remembers Peter can't wall climb, causing an infinite loop of Peter falling back in, climbing back and falling back in again.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Although the rest of the game is enjoyable, the only reason why this game continues to stay relevant today is its web swinging mechanics, which were incredibly impressive for the time (and still are today) for how accurate and in-depth they are. Most of the praise and discussion revolving around the game is primarily aimed towards the web-swinging and many play it for just that alone. The rest of the game by contrast, tends to be overlooked and barely discussed.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Narm: On one hand, the lizardmen that appear on the combat arena provide an interesting insight on what the mooks of the cut Lizard looked like. On the other hand, their grunts are reused from a street gang from the previous game, which is extremely jarring. Instead of a screech you'd expect from such a creature, these things react to damage with "ugh" and "Eaagh" and similar noises, which is even more awkward if you've played the 2000 gamenote  and the previous gamenote .
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The video game adaption is also held in high regard as one of the best-licensed superhero games of the 2000s, and alongside The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and the X-Men Legends games, revived the "Superhero Sandbox" genre after Superman 64 destroyed its credibility.
  • Porting Disaster: A downplayed example. When played on an Xbox 360, the game is perfectly playable but suffers from texture issues. For example, some buildings have see-through areas and certain walls are invisible.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny:
    • While Spider-Man 2 is still held up as one of the better licensed superhero games out there and is most certainly top 10 best Spider-Man games of all time, Spider-Man (PS4) is now widely considered to be the definitive interactive experience of everybody's wall-crawler greatly expanding on and refining what worked with this particular video game adaptation. Likewise, other superhero sandbox games like the Batman: Arkham Series or Infamous would come along years later and provide a more well-crafted polished superhero experience using Spider-Man 2 as a basic template.
    • As good as the web-based movement mechanics are, a player going back to the game may notice the lack of precision they can have, with the web zip in particular simply launching Spidey forward a bit, unlike the two games based on The Amazing Spider-Man Series and (more famously) Spider-Man (PS4) that allow picking specific targets to land on/boost Spidey off of. While this lack of fine-tuned control over Spidey is generally unnoticeable by most, those who've had to endure some of the tighter-timed sidequests may start re-evaluating their opinion on the "slightly-less-physics-based-but-more-controllable" movement mechanics of later gamesnote .
  • The Problem with Licensed Games:
    • While the console versions are very well-regarded, the PC version is completely different, being much simpler and mediocre, having a totally different plot, and lacking the size and complexity that made the console versions so beloved.
    • The Nintendo DS version isn't exactly liked either. It was rushed for the 2004 holiday season and also to be a DS launch title and it shows. The bottom screen is not utilized that much besides for special moves. The clunky combat does not help things, and neither does the game only having 14 stages total.
  • The Scrappy: 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 really annoying.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The boat rescues to some. The idea isn't that bad, but they usually need extreme precision, which the controls don't always allow. There's obviously a time limit, and if you hit the water when holding a civilian, they instantly drown and you fail the mission. If you touch the water without a civilian, Spidey is sent back to the shore. What could possibly be more fun than having to jump back and forth between small buoys that constantly wiggle around with no room for error?
  • Song Association: Thanks to the wide number of memes revolving around it, the pizza delivery theme has become virtually synonymous with its source song, "Funiculi Funicula", to the point where most people (even on This Very Wiki) refer to the latter as "the Spider-Man 2 Pizza Theme".
  • That One Level: "When Aliens Attack" can be rather annoying; at one point, you must web swing to the Statue of Liberty on UFOs, which can be rather finnicky due to their small size, and then you have to destroy eight orbs on the sides of a larger UFO. It's very easy to fall down, and maintaining the right altitude to reach the orbs is difficult. Mysterio's "Funhouse of Doom" in the same chapter is also difficult, and is a borderline Marathon Level thanks to the final area requiring you to break several mirrors and defeat durable clones that spawn from each one.
  • That One Sidequest: While the swinging mechanics are good for casual swinging, any timed side mission (Such as MJ's quests and Mega Times for each race) that requires speed and precision is usually a nightmare, thanks to the swinging mechanics lacking precision - when you're going at speeds that put some planes to shame, it's incredibly easy to get stuck in the scenery, be it the corner of a building, street or a simple wall. The controls and camera also show their ugly side during these challenges, as it's completely possible for Spidey to launch himself into the exact direction you didn't want to go towards. Even with max swing speed, a lot of these challenges can easily turn away players trying to go for 100% Completion.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: There is a stage in the game where some criminals are escaping from a bank they robbed and they drive a truck with a gunman sitting on the back of the truck who aims at Spider-Man with a sniper rifle. The concept is rather fun and could have happened a lot more times thoughout the game, perhaps even with different types of guns (like automatics)... but it only happens that one time in the entire game.
  • Uncanny Valley: While Mysterio's helmet is usually obscuring, you can see what's underneath via two holograms in the Funhouse of Doom. It's... not exactly a pleasant sight.
    • Related to the above, the deformed Spider-Man clones that pop out of the mirrors. The way they wobble and ripple while looking either squished down or stretched out makes them look incredibly unearthly to say the least.