Spider-Man 2 (2004)

This one is safe for all ears.

For the Next 155 Project, we spend a good long while jamming about all the big-screen Spider-Man pictures, not just #2. In #2 specifically, though, Peter Parker is the young webslinger with performance anxiety battling Doc Ock, the careless scientist who warps into a potential mass murderer. Despite that grim set-up, director Sam Raimi teamed with squeaky-voiced Tobey Maguire to make a bright, fun sequel that improved upon the previous monster hit. It isn’t all sunshine and rainbows though. The cast isn’t as strong in these roles as other actors have been in other Spidey flicks (one guy in particular is……just not good). Regardless, this flick helped build comic-book movies as the go-to crowd-pleasing, money-making genre.

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For The Record: Another sequel that was nominated for AFI’s Top 100 List without the first in the series also being nominated: Goldfinger. Also, Ryan says it’s the 1st Spider-Man where Miss Brant bugs Jameson on the intercom about taking his pills, but that happens in the 3rd movie.


Rotten Tomatoes reviews

2004 Box Office & B.O. Mojo’s Top 300 Adjusted For Inflation

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

2004 in film

Tom Holland’s lip sync battle (Rihanna’s “Umbrella”)

2004 Academy Award winners and nominees

The VF/X team’s Oscar acceptance speech

Links to: Spider-Man and Spider-Man 3 and Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse and A Simple Plan and The Dark Knight and The Impossible and X2: X-Men United and Avengers: Endgame

YouTube links: Otto becomes Doc Ock and “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” and the train fight and Spidey saves the train and Spidey v Doc Ock battle in the climax and MJ finally knows who Spider-Man is and “go get ’em, Tiger” and the best of J. Jonah Jameson in all 3 movies

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