The years may continue to pass, but Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ will go down in history as one of the greatest superhero productions of all time.
The proficient and engaging narrative not only brought some pretty complex and well-constructed characters to the big screen, but it also delivered some of the film industry’s most iconic moments – after all, how to forget the passionate kiss between the hero (Tobey Maguire) and the naive Mary Jane (Kirsten) Dunst)?
Released in 2002, the film ends today, May 3, at the nineteen-year-old – and, to celebrate the legacy and importance of the production, we’ve separated a brief list with ten behind-the-scenes curiosities. of the movie.
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When you think of comic book adaptations of superheroes, it’s customary for actors to familiarize themselves with the story, either to get to know the background of the characters, or to give the acting more veracity. But Maguire didn’t: the star had never read any Spider-Man stories, having accepted the role because he liked the script.
The familiar sequence in which Peter Parker takes Mary Jane’s meal tray did not involve CGI techniques. With the help of a sticky substance to keep the object stuck in his hand, finally, after 156 strokes, he was able to perform the stunts as expected.
One of the reasons Sony Pictures hired Raimi to direct was that the director was an avid comic book collector in his spare time, with a collection of over 25,000 volumes. It’s no surprise that, years after the franchise began, he returned to Marvel to helm the upcoming “ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. ”
When Peter Parker first tests his powers, he utters several classic phrases from DC Comics, a rival of Marvel Comics, including: Up and On! (from Superman) and Shazam! (from Captain Marvel). Maguire improvised the lines, which were not in the original script.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States, Sony put together the posters that reflected the Twin Towers in Spider-Man’s eyes. Not all posters were recovered; those that are still in circulation become rare collectibles.
The green goblin costume would originally be more armored and rigged, but Willem Dafoe, who brought the character to life, decided to do his own stunts and rejected the design of a more athletic outfit. The final outfit consisted of 580 pieces and it took Dafoe half an hour to put it on.
CHANGE OF CAST
Elizabeth Banks auditioned for the role of Mary Jane Watson. However, the role of the protagonist went to Dunst, while Banks gave life to Betty Brant, secretary of editor J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons).
WELCOME TO THE COLLEGE
To create the look of the high school kids, the costume department sent disposable cameras to teachers in New York City and asked them to distribute them to the students so they could take pictures of themselves and serve as a reference.
J. JONAH JAMESON
Some of the actors considered alive J. Jonah Jameson included R. Lee Ermey, Hugh Laurie, Harve Presnell, Dennis Farina, Michael Keaton and several others. Stan Lee himself has stated that he would love to play the character and even auditioned for the role, but he was determined he wasn’t sure if he would experience it on the big screen. Later, Lee would praise Simmons’ work as editor of the Daily Bugle.
Before Raimi was hired to direct the feature film, the director’s chair had been offered to Chris Columbus. However, the director chose to work on “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and in the sequel, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”.
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