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Spider-Man theatrical poster
Directed by Sam Raimi
Produced by Laura Ziskin
Ian Bryce
Written by Comic Book:
Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
David Koepp
Alvin Sargent
Starring Tobey Maguire
Willem Dafoe
Kirsten Dunst
James Franco
Cliff Robertson
Rosemary Harris
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Don Burgess
Editing by Arthur Coburn
Bob Murawski
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Release date(s) May 3, 2002
Running time 121 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$139 million
Money made $821,708,551

Spider-Man is an American 2002 superhero movie. It was made from the story of the Marvel Comics superhero, Spider-Man. It was the first in the Spider-Man movie series. It was written by David Koepp and directed by Sam Raimi. Tobey Maguire starred as Peter Parker / Spider-Man. Kirsten Dunst played the girl Peter loves, Mary Jane Watson, and Willem Dafoe played the bad guy, Norman Osborn.


At the start of the movie, Peter Parker, a very smart teenager, is accidentally bitten by a spider that had been mutated (changed) in a science study. This allows him to climb up walls, make spider webs come from his wrists, jump high, move fast and become very strong. Peter lives with his aunt and uncle. His Uncle Ben teaches him that "with great power becomes great responsibility." He uses these powers to win a wrestling competition. However, he does not get paid what he thought he would get paid. A criminal steals a lot of money from the cashier and runs off. Peter does not try to catch the criminal, as revenge for not getting paid as much as he wanted to be. The criminal then steals Ben's car and Ben dies. From then on, Peter becomes Spider-Man and vows to fight crime, using Ben's words to their fullest.

Meanwhile, Peter's friend Harry's father is in trouble. Norman is the CEO or head of his own company, but the executive board kicks him off. He tests a new kind of formula and becomes the Green Goblin. Norman also has a device that lets him fly around. Spider-Man and the Green Goblin begin to fight in various places. During a fire at a building, the Green Goblin uses his voice and pretends to be someone trapped. When Spider-Man goes to rescue the person, he finds the Green Goblin. During the fight, Spider-Man's arm is cut. Peter, Norman, Harry, Peter's friend Mary Jane Watson, and Peter's aunt then meet at Peter's apartment for Thanksgiving. Norman notices Peter's cut on his arm and realizes that Peter Parker is Spider-Man.

Norman then starts planning to hurt Peter. He scares Peter's grandmother so badly that she has to go to the hospital. There, Peter realizes that the Green Goblin knows that he likes Mary Jane Watson, so he calls her up, but the Green Goblin has already taken her. Spider-Man goes out to a bridge in New York. The Green Goblin has Mary Jane in one arm and a group of kids in a bus on the other hand. He wants Spider-Man to fail at doing something – to choose between the person he loves and innocent civilians. He then drops both at once. Spider-Man grabs Mary Jane first and uses his webbing to save the kids. The Green Goblin is angry and attacks Spider-Man. A bunch of New York people start to throw trash and knock the Green Goblin off balance.

The Green Goblin then grabs Peter and they start to fight inside an abandoned building. The fight is very violent and Spider-Mans starts to bleed. Finally, after Spider-Man knocks the Green Goblin down, the Green Goblin says that he is Norman Osborn. Spider-Man is very surprised. Norman then distracts Peter and talks to him as he tries to get his flying device to move and to kill Peter. Spider-Man ducks at the last second and the flying device impales Norman, killing him. Dying, Norman asks Peter not to tell Harry that he was the Green Goblin.

The last scene is at a cemetery for the funeral of Norman. During the ceremony, Harry tells Peter that he swears that Spider-Man will die because Spider-Man killed his father. Mary Jane implies that she loves Peter, but Peter tells her that he will always be a friend and be there for her, and that is all he can give to her.


After the movie was kept from being made for almost 25 years, it was shown in theaters on May 3, 2002. Critics liked it a lot and it broke many movie records. It made more money than any other movie in the year 2002. As of late 2007, Spider-Man is the seventh highest grossing movie in the United States and 17th highest world wide. It made enough money and two sequels have been made, Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007).

Release Dates

Country Premiere
 Kazakhstan 1 May 2002
 Yugoslavia 2 May 2002
 Canada 3 May 2002
 Estonia 3 May 2002
 Hong Kong 3 May 2002
 Croatia 3 May 2002
 Iceland 3 May 2002
 Jordan 3 May 2002
 South Korea 3 May 2002
 Lebanon 3 May 2002
 Lithuania 3 May 2002
 Latvia 3 May 2002
Malaysia Malaysia 3 May 2002
 Philippines 3 May 2002
 Serbia 3 May 2002
 Russia 3 May 2002
 Singapore 3 May 2002
 Thailand 3 May 2002
 Taiwan 3 May 2002
 United States 3 May 2002
 Greece 5 May 2002
 South Africa 10 May 2002
 Japan 11 May 2002
 Barbados 15 May 2002
 Venezuela 15 May 2002
 Argentina 16 May 2002
 Bolivia 16 May 2002
 Chile 16 May 2002
 Israel 16 May 2002
 Peru 16 May 2002
 Brazil 17 May 2002
 Ecuador 17 May 2002
 Kenya 17 May 2002
Mexico Mexico 17 May 2002
 Panama 17 May 2002
 Uruguay 17 May 2002
 Indonesia 22 May 2002
 Jamaica 22 May 2002
 India 24 May 2002
 Sri Lanka 24 May 2002
 Armenia 30 May 2002
 Colombia 31 May 2002
 Kuwait 4 June 2002
 Switzerland 5 June 2002 (French speaking region)
 Oman 5 June 2002
 Qatar 5 June 2002
 Austria 6 June 2002
 Australia 6 June 2002
 Switzerland 6 June 2002 (German speaking region)
 Czech Republic 6 June 2002
 Germany 6 June 2002
 New Zealand 6 June 2002
 Slovakia 6 June 2002
 Italy 7 June 2002
 Romania 7 June 2002
 Egypt 12 June 2002
 France 12 June 2002
 Hungary 13 June 2002
 United Kingdom 14 June 2002
Republic of Ireland Ireland 14 June 2002
 Turkey 14 June 2002
 Spain 21 June 2002
 Poland 21 June 2002
 Portugal 21 June 2002
 Sweden 23 June 2002
 Belgium 26 June 2002
 Denmark 26 June 2002
 Finland 28 June 2002
 Norway 28 June 2002
 Netherlands 4 July 2002
 Bulgaria 5 July 2002
 China 7 August 2002

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