"Spiderman" Movie Plot

by Alex Smith

"Spider-Man" is a 2002 film starring Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco. It was directed by Sam Raimi, previously was known for low-budget horror/comedy films. The film did exceedingly well in the box office, bringing in nearly $1 billion worldwide. It was followed by two sequels, and a new film is scheduled for 2012.

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The Beginnings

Peter Parker (Maguire) is an often-ignored nerd living in New York with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. He harbors a secret crush on his neighbor Mary Jane (Dunst), and his only friend is the wealthy but unhappy Harry Osborne (Franco). On a field trip to a genetics lab, Peter is bitten by a genetically engineered "super spider." He does what any smart teenager would: He thinks nothing of it until that night, when he passes out in his bedroom.

Peter Reborn

Peter wakes up the next morning with a muscular physique, the ability to crawl on walls, and a preternatural "spider sense" that warns him of danger. He also has the ability to shoot webs from his wrists. Peter uses his abilities to win a wrestling match. When he is cheated out of the prize money, he allows a robber to escape the wrestling office without stopping him. The robber steals the car of Peter's beloved father figure, Uncle Ben, and Ben is killed. Wracked with guilt, Peter takes up the mantle of Spider-Man to fight crime.

The Green Goblin

Harry's father, Norman Dafoe, is the head of Oscorp, and he's working on a government contract to product a performance-enhancing drug for the military. He tests the drug on himself, but the transformation drives him insane. Norman becomes the Green Goblin, obsessed with forcing Spider-Man to team up with him. When Peter refuses, Norman deduces his identity and attacks Peter's Aunt May.

The Battle

Norman kidnaps Mary Jane to lure Peter into a trap. Peter is able to save both Mary Jane and the people whom Norman was threatening, but Norman attacks him and severely beats him. Peter gains the upper hand in the fight. Peter realizes that he cannot be with Mary Jane because it would put her in danger. The film ends with Peter remembering his uncle's words: "With great power comes great responsibility."

About the Author

Alex Smith began writing in 2006 and brings a combination of education and humor to various websites. He holds a Master of Arts in theater and works as a professional makeup and special-effects artist.

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