Average teenager Peter Parker is transformed into an extraordinary super hero after he is accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider. When his beloved uncle is savagely murdered during a robbery, young Peter vows to use his powers to avenge his death. Deeming himself "Spider-Man", he sets about ridding the streets of crime, bringing him into conflict with malevolent super-villain "Green Goblin."
Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) gives up his crime-fighting identity of Spider-Man in a desperate attempt to return to ordinary life and keep the love of MJ (Kirsten Dunst). But a ruthless, terrifying new villain, the multi-tentacled Doc Ock, forces Peter to swing back into action to save everything he holds dear.
New York City is in the throes of Spider-mania, and Peter Parker finally has the girl of his dreams. But just when it seems like things can't get any better, Spider-Man must fight the most terrifying trio of villains he's ever encountered--the deadly Sandman, the New Goblin, and Venom--plus the enemy he discovers within himself.
The first Spider-man introduces us to Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), and covers the genesis of the infamous superhero. Set against Willem Dafoes Green Goblin, its a deft, impressive and entertaining blockbuster, albeit one that takes a little longer than youd like to get motoring.
Spider-man 2 is the business, though. This is the one with Alfred Molinas stunning Doctor Octopus, although he has to share the screen with the title character contending with his dual life, and the effect on his relationship with Mary-Jane (Kirsten Dunst). It could have gone wrong, but its so tightly put together that its one of the very best blockbusters of recent times.
Spider-man 3, inevitably, cant quite match the standard set, but you cant fault it for ambitious. Mixing in Topher Grace as Venom, Thomas Haden Church as Sandman and James Franco as the new Green Goblin, its a lot to fit into one film, and thats what bogs things down. However, when it does hit its stride, Spider-man 3 is a rip-roaring ride in its own right. --Jon Foster
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