According to Stan Lee, Spider-Man wears a mask so his enemies couldn't see his fear.
When Peter flips over an oncoming car, Tobey Maguire performed the stunt himself. A stuntman also performed it, but Sam Raimi thought Maguire's looked more natural so he used his instead.
If you look closely at Peter's apartment, you can see the picture he took of Mary-Jane just before he was bitten by a radioactive spider. It was supposed to represent the last moment of innocence in Peter's life before it changed forever.
Tobey Maguire's participation was in doubt at one point because he was suffering severe back pains. Jake Gyllenhaal, was lined up to play Spider-Man and had already begun preparation, but Maguire decided to take part after all. However, according to the DVD commentary, the "My back!" joke after Peter falls from the roof was purely coincidental, as it was written into the script before Maguire's problem arose.
The scene where Peter is having dinner with Doctor Octavius and his wife was intended as a sad mirror of the family life that Peter wants but can never have.
The alley where Peter dumps his Spider-Man suit is supposed to be the same one where he kissed MJ upside down in the first film.
The phone number on Peter's helmet for Joe's Pizzeria is to a real NY Pizza place. 212-366-1182. Evidently they love the publicity.
When Peter dumps his Spider-Man suit in a garbage can, it's an exacting homage to a panel from "Spider-Man No More", Issue #50 from The Amazing Spider-Man.
Tobey Maguire's agent asked for $25 million or 10% of the gross, whichever was better, from Columbia Pictures and was denied.
Alfred Molina who plays Dr. Octopus, actually gave names to his four mechanical tentacles (Larry, Harry, Flo, and Moe). Flo was the top right tentacle, because it was operated by a female grip and that particular tentacle was the most motherly, which removed his sunglasses and gave him sips of his drink.
The train fight between Doc Ock and Spider-Man was the idea of director Sam Raimi and the first major sequence to be filmed.
Chris Cooper was considered for the role of Dr. Octopus. He is later cast as Norman Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), which has the same numeral in its title.
Stan Lee originally filmed the cameo of the man who shouts: "Hey, Spider-Man stole that guy's pizza!" But because of problems with the shot it was re-filmed with another actor, and Lee was given a different (but heroic) cameo.
EASTER EGG: On the second disc, go to "Making the Amazing", arrow up and the upper right tentacle (Flo) will light up. This leads to a short bit where Director Sam Raimi finds someone to give Alfred Molina "tips" on how to act like Doc Ock. They go over to the tentacles and inside, "acting" how Doc Ock should be played, is Willem Dafoe. Alfred gets a good laugh at this.
Costume designer James Acheson made subtle changes to Spider-Man's costume from the previous film. The colours were made richer and bolder; the spider emblem was given more elegant lines; the muscle suit underneath was made into pieces, to give a better sense of movement; and the helmet Tobey Maguire wore under his mask was also improved, adding a false jaw for better movement and magnetic eyepieces which were easier to remove.
The film features two other villains from the comics. John Jameson (son of J. Jonah Jameson) is the Man-Wolf and Dr. Curt Connors is the Lizard. Both are Jekyll-and-Hyde-type tragic villains in that they are good-hearted men who are transformed periodically against their will into their vicious, animal-based alter-egos.
Sam Raimi originally intended the film to maintain an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 like Spider-Man (2002). However, when he realized that in order to have Dr. Octopus and Spider-Man in the same shot, the frame would need to be wider in order to accommodate Dr. Octopus' metal tentacles. So Raimi upgraded the ratio to 2.35:1.
Peter's landlord Mr. Ditkovitch is named for Steve Ditko, original illustrator of Spider-man.
According to Alfred Molina, the stunt team would often trick him into performing a stunt.
The band Dashboard Confessional agreed to write a song for the end credits if they could have an advanced screening of the movie. The studio agreed. After watching the film, the lead singer wrote "Vindicated" in ten minutes.
The original title for this second spin was "The Amazing Spider-Man", a title eventually used when the series was rebooted in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
If you look carefully, Dr. Curt Connors has only one arm. He lost an arm in a war zone overseas. He used to be a surgeon before the accident, patching up soldiers. He was mentioned briefly in Spider-Man (2002) but not seen. He fired Peter for always being late. In the comic book, he becomes The Lizard when he experiments at growing a new arm through combining lizard DNA with his own.
Alfred Molina was in the play "Fiddler on the Roof" as Tevye while shooting this movie. In one wall-climbing scene he is humming the song "If I Were a Rich Man" to himself and the puppeteers overheard him and moved his tentacles in time to the song.
When Jonah Jameson offers the scruffy man $50 for the Spider-Man costume he found, he replies, "I could get more for it on eBay." In 2001, four Spider-Man costumes were stolen from the set of the first Spider-Man (2002) movie. They were eventually recovered after an 18 month investigation and the arrest of a former movie studio security guard and an accomplice. While Columbia Pictures offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to their return, movie memorabilia experts estimated the value of the costumes as about $50,000 each.
The production was unusually lucky for such a big movie filming on numerous outdoor locations in that it never rained.
Alfred Molina lost some weight for the role of Doctor Octopus, considering he had had to gain some for the part of Diego Rivera in Frida (2002). He said he wanted Doc Ock to have the build of a "1950s weightlifter".
Rosemary Harris enjoyed doing her own stunts. Contrarily, Alfred Molina didn't because he claims he's not very good at them, and he doesn't like taking work away from real stuntmen.
Motorcycle chains and piano wires make the sounds of Doc Ock's tentacles. In the scene when he tears open a bank vault, the sound is made by scraping a hubcap across the floor.
The lines of poetry that Peter quotes to MJ ('Day by day he gazed upon her / Day by day he sighed with passion') are from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Four Winds".
For the sequence where Aunt May is taken hostage and later aids Spider-Man, Rosemary Harris performed the action scenes herself.
The finale took 8 days to film.
Tobey Maguire is a vegetarian, so for the scene in which he is supposedly eating a hot dog while police cars zoom by, he is in fact eating a Tofu Hot dog, which is a favorite among vegetarians.
Real needles were used in the scene when Dr Octavius first attaches the tentacles to his body.
The precious substance that Doc Ock uses to power his fusion device - tritium - does actually exist in real life.
The violinist who crops up throughout the movie, serenading Spider-Man had an additional scene that was deleted from the film. When Harry hears her from the balcony of his father's townhouse, he pours a glass of scotch on her.
Testing with focus groups was done to help determine the film's title, at one point the titles under consideration were "Spider-Man: No More", "Spider-Man 2 Lives" and "Spider-Man: Unmasked".
Opening sequence features artwork by artist Alex Ross, which recaps the events in Spider-Man (2002).
When J. Jonah Jameson is needing a name for the newly villainous Doctor Octavius, one suggestion from Hoffman is the moniker Doctor Strange, about which Jameson is sarcastically excited, adding that the name has already been taken. This dialogue is referring to Spider-man's comic book ally of the same name who is also the other major co-creation of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Each of Doc Ock's tentacles were 13 feet long when fully expanded. They were also fully articulated.
EASTER EGG: On the second disc of the DVD, go to the Gallery section and press up. Spidey-Sense will appear around Spider-Man's head. Click it to access a hidden movie of Doc Ock doing "Fiddler On The Roof", which Alfred Molina was performing at the time.
The address of Joe's Pizza is given in the comics as the address of Spider-Man's ally Doctor Strange.
In a deleted scene at a men's club, John Jameson introduces Mary-Jane to his father. He's slightly suspicious of her at first, knowing she used to go out with Harry Osborn. He even wonders if Harry paid for her. MJ and Jameson debate over the pros and cons of Spider-Man. Jameson thinks he operates above the law, doing a job best left to the professionals, while MJ says the world is a better place with him in it.
The script tells us that Peter rents above a TV repair shop. He doesn't live with Harry anymore since Norman's death, and Harry moved back into his father's townhouse. Harry's obsession with Spider-Man was too much for Peter to bear. This is the reason why he gets annoyed with Harry at his birthday party.
Part of what fuels Harry's depression in the script, something omitted from the film, is the scientists who witnessed the failed fusion experiment were thinking of suing Harry, because it was funded by Oscorp's money. It also bothers him to see MJ with another man, just like Peter.
The guy beat up in the alley that Peter walked away from was originally supposed to be the man who showed Jameson the discarded Spider-Man suit. The bag the thugs were trying to steal had the suit in it, but this isn't made clear in the film.
100 minor alterations were made to the Spider-Man suit since the first film. 35 suits were made overall for the movie.
In the script, the name of the usher played by Bruce Campbell is Waldo. His scene with Peter was originally longer - Peter would web Waldo's foot to the floor, and go in to see MJ's play just as it was coming to an end.
In the script, MJ confesses to Louise she's marrying John to prove something to her father, and to show Peter what he's missed out on.
On the Director's Commentary, Sam Raimi remarked that in the scene when Peter is being knocked about by various students at Columbia University, Tobey Maguire looked genuinely angry.
One of the Daily Bugle newspapers features a headshot of Spider-Man that is actually from a promotional image for the comic book mini-series Marvels (1994), which was painted by Alex Ross (who painted the recap images in this film's main title sequence).
Before Doc Ock approaches Harry about the Tritium, Harry is looking at pictures of Spider-Man. The clipboard that Harry slams down has two pictures on it. The one on the left is Alex Ross's recreation of the first appearance of Spider-Man as seen in "Amazing Fantasy."
Toward the end of the movie, it was rumored that The Punisher (2004) was noticeable, as that movie was based on a spin-off character from Spider-Man's comic book. This turned out to be false and is only someone who resembled Thomas Jane. This is purely coincidental. He was never intended by the makers to be the Punisher.
The character of Hoffman, played by Ted Raimi, is only ever seen in Jonah's office, and he is never seen entering through a door, but always appears from off-screen.
Although Spider-Man in the comics was supposed to fight the Chameleon first, Sam Raimi was attached to the idea of Spider-Man fighting the Green Goblin in Spider-Man (2002) and wanted to bring in Doc Ock in a sequel.
The noise we hear whenever the spider web touches something (walls, Doctor Octopus, etc.) was made by hitting tape from a cassette and leather strips on the floor.
Filming was originally scheduled in February 2003, but Tobey Maguire injured his arm, causing filming to be delayed two months.
The violinist Elyse Dinh begins playing the old theme song for Spider-Man (1967). When she sings it for the second time, new lyrics are added to the tune ("Where have you gone to now?").
One of the posters for Mary Jane's production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" says, "J. Frazier is especially effective!" John Frazier is the special effects director on the film.
Careful inspection of the Daily Bugle front page that reads, "Spidey and Ock Rob Bank!" has a news blurb that says, "Can chronic back pain lead to brain shrinkage?" a possible prop master poke at Tobey Maguire's real life back problems.
When Doctor Octopus carries his tentacles, it is props. When the tentacles carry the Doctor, it is computer-generated imagery; to accomplish this effect, a 20-foot high rig held Alfred Molina to glide him through his surroundings; with the CGI tentacles scanned from the real ones and added later. However, it was always preferred to use Edge FX's puppets since it saved money, and each scene was always filmed using them first to see if CGI was truly necessary.
The bank used for the big action sequence where Spidey fought Doc Ock is the same bank being robbed in Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989) by the Wilson Heights Gang.
The interior of Aunt May's house is the same sets built for the first Spider-Man (2002) movie.
30 "nondescript" cars were purchased for use by the film's stunt drivers to wreck during action sequences. By the end of filming, all 30 had been destroyed.
The nurse being dragged along the floor by one of Doc Ock's tentacles, scraping it up as she is pulled backwards, was achieved by the simple expedient of having the floor made of wax.
In the early stages, the puppeteers had to practice with vacuum hoses when getting ready to design Doc Ock's tentacles. The real ones weighed about 60 pounds altogether.
Hoffman is the ad manager for the Daily Bugle, according to the script. That would explain why Jameson is always asking him to copyrighy names for supervillains invented by the Bugle.
In the script, Doctor Octopus isn't totally happy with what's happened to him, but whenever his old self resurfaces the tentacles are quick to take control again. For instance, they force him to rob the bank not only to fund his experiments, but also to test out the tentacles. They can also distract people, like snake charming, but this isn't made clear in the film.
According to Michael Chabon, early drafts of the script prior to his involvement featured Doc Ock, Black Cat, The Lizard, and Harry as the new Green Goblin. It was his suggestion to cut down the number of "costumed characters" to just Doc Ock and Spider-man.
The gear that Alfred Molina's character had to wear weighed 75 pounds.
At one point in the promotional marketing of the film, bases featuring the Spider-Man 2 (2004) logo were to be used during Major League Baseball games. However, this plan was scrapped after intense negative reaction from baseball fans.
The movie was sent to cinemas under the name "Spray Paint" to try and avoid the attention of pirates.
The artist's rendition of Dr. Octopus when he appears on the front page of the Daily Bugle is how he first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3: wearing a white lab coat and dark sunglasses.
Peter drives a 1977 Puch Newport moped. Cyril O'Neil, the film's Picture Car Coordinator, managed to find 12 of the bikes, which provided enough parts to make 7 working models. 3 of them were destroyed during the chase scene in act 2, due to retakes of the bike being run over. Later, when Peter is shown dragging his moped home, it's one of the actual wrecked production bikes.
Manhattan no longer has an elevated subway so the background plates and the train and tracks themselves were all shot in Chicago and then composited against the New York skyline.
For his stunt sequences as Peter Parker, Tobey Maguire's glasses contain no glass. This was less for safety reasons but more to avoid reflections. The glass was then added back in digitally later.
The hospital scene started out as a test shoot, but it came together so well they decided to use it. Sam Raimi made it clear on the Director's Commentary that it was the arms attacking the doctors, and not Doc Octopus himself, although he wasn't sure if he made that clear in the scene.
Donna Murphy only appears in two scenes, but she still receives prominent billing.
The high-speed balls of webbing Spider-Man fires at his enemies in this movie are known to comic fans as Web Balls, first used in issue #53, October 1967 to set off a bomb set by Doc Ock.
Robert De Niro, Sam Neill, Ed Harris, and Chris Cooper were all considered for the role of Otto Octavius.
Filming began before an official script was completed.
Approximately $54 million was spent on digital effects alone.
Doc Ock's lab where he has his initial accident is actually Anthology Film Archives, one of New York's most famous venues for avant-garde cinema, founded by legendary filmmaker Jonas Mekas.
Sam Raimi chose Alfred Molina after Raimi's wife watched Frida (2002).
Like Spider-Man (2002), the DVD release of this movie includes a "Spider Sense" subtitles track which provides trivia about the film, characters, actors, etc, as the film is playing.
For the chase in act 2, director Sam Raimi wanted the crooks to drive a convertible with a large, level trunk that Spider-Man could land on while it's moving. Several cars that met the requirements were brought to the Sony lot for him to choose from; he picked a 1967 Lincoln Continental. Six were found and painted to match each other.
Mary Jane playing in "The Importance of Being Earnest" was performed and filmed at the Ivar Theater in Hollywood.
The deli where Mary Jane tries to confront Peter was a 360-degree set (no "missing fourth wall") at Universal Studios, complete with kitchen, deli counters, pastries, and ceiling fans.
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar's initial script draft had Spider-Man doing battle with Doctor Octopus, the Lizard and Black Cat.
Following the first film's record-breaking $115 million opening weekend, Sony assigned the sequel a budget of $200 million.
Michael Chabon submitted a draft screenplay which featured a younger Doc Ock becoming infatuated with Mary Jane. In Chabon's script, Octavius is the creator of the genetically modified spider that bites Peter Parker. Producer Avi Arad rejected the screenplay, largely because he didn't like the idea of another love triangle.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
PG-13 | 2h 7min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 30 June 2004 (USA)
Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.
Director: Sam Raimi
Writers: Stan Lee (comic book), Steve Ditko (comic book)
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina