10 Things That Worked Well in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

The Amazing Spider-Man is swinging into our local megaplexes, we move on from the previous trilogy directed by Sam Raimi. There were some great moments and some cringeworthy moments. This post wil cover the cream of the crop. (If you want to see the moments, you’d like to forget, click here.) So grab a webline & hang on as special guest stars Captain Zap & J. Tascio and I take you to relive your favorite Spidey moments. [If you haven’t seen any of the Spider-Man movies, then you may want to see them as these contain spoilers.]

10. Aunt May’s Speech

Aunt May’s serendipitously delivered speech kicks off Raimi’s well done list.

“Rosemary Harris has done a great job of playing Aunt May. In perhaps her best scene in the trilogy, she explains to a self-doubting Peter Parker what the importance of a hero to people. However, her words hit home and give Peter the confidence to try being Spider-Man again. Not only great for the story, but great advice that’s relatable to virtually everyone.” –AlMoSiCe210

9. Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin

Willem DaFoe’s portrayal of Green Goblin glides his ways onto the #8 spot on the list.

“Willem Dafoe single handedly carried the first Spider-Man movie.  While the cast was pretty okay, Willem Dafoe was the stand out as the slightly cheesy Goblin.  His delivery of ‘We’ll meet again, Spider-Man!’, is so perfectly comic booky, that it put a smile on many a nerds face.  He brought a certain quality to the role, that if played by a lesser actor, could have just been incredibly corny.” –J. Tascio

8. Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man

The man who played our friendly neighborhood hero swings his way to the 8th spot on our list.

“Tobey Maguire got his hands on the role & found a perfect balance between milquetoast and eventually hero. It was the little things which made the character work. From the way Peter would mumble out loud while getting lost in thought to the pained and enraged rant he gave while pummeling his uncle’s murderer. Maguire inhabited the role successfully and helped put the character on the map.” – Captain Zap

7. Doc Ock Hospital Scene

This scene of an attempted operation checks in the #7 spot on our list.

“From a cinematic standpoint, Ock’s tentacle scene in the hospital was beautifully shot & edited. This scene, symbolic of Ock’s twisted birth & the destruction that will soon follow, has got to be among one of the darkest sequences ever portrayed in a superhero movie.” – AlMoSiCe210

“This is praise directed at Sam Raimi. Well known in horror circles as the director behind the Evil Dead series, Raimi got to show off those chops a bit here. There is so much influenced by the horror movie genre in this scene.  To the blood curdling screams of the nurses, to the shadow on the wall, just giving us a glimpse of what the arms are doing.  A particular shot that I like, inspired by the movie “Jaws” is seeing the first person perspective of the arms as they stalk their prey.  This scene had a similar atmosphere to Evil Dead 2, a bit of tongue in cheek humor.  Perfectly pulled off by a master of horror, and easily one of my favorite scenes in the entire trilogy.” – J. Tascio

6. Peter Discovering His Powers

Peter Parker not only discovers his powers but discovers that this discovery lands him on the 6th spot on this best of Raimi’s Spidey list.

“This was the moment that all Spider-Man fans were waiting for. I remember sitting in the theater being very excited as a kid, thinking, ‘Wow, he’s really doing it!’” – AlMoSiCe210

“A large street lays between him and the next roof and he’s clearly afraid to try and jump the divide. It occurs to him that he might be able to use the webbing to swing himself across. The clips of him trying to activate his webs were funny but what followed actually gave me goosebumps when I first saw it. His hand does the classic Spidey thing and it happens. No fanfare, nothing. Not needed. All we hear is that “thwip” sound, a sound which had been in the head of many Spider-Man fans for decades. Here we were seeing it portrayed right for the first time and it was awesome. It was all the more dramatic for the fan because we knew how crucial Peter’s webbing would become to his superhero career in the years to come and it pumped up the viewer for what would follow.” – Captain Zap

5. Spider-Man Costume

Drawing its line on the halfway point of the list is the overall look of the Spider-Man suit.

A style that respects the predecessor…

“They could have screwed the pooch with this one but miraculously Spider-Man’s costume was more or less spot on. The silver webbing took a little getting used to but that was a small thing compared to what we could have had. Supposedly one of the early designs had the mouth piece of the mask cut away like Bat-Man or Daredevil. Another version featured black lenses for the eyes, a black mid and lower section with only the upper body resembling the classic look. At the end of the day sanity prevailed and the powers that be stayed their hand from destroying the look of an iconic character.” –Captain Zap

“The costume puts a cool new spin on Spider-Man without detracting too far from the style that fans are familiar with.” –AlMoSiCe210

4. J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson

On the #4 spot is the casting choice of J.K Simmons playing our favorite wise cracking, cigar smoking, web-head hating pickle puss, J. Jonah Jameson!

“The portrayal of Jameson here is a spot on recreation of the character from the comics and the Spider-Man cartoon from the 60s. Like Dafoe’s Goblin the character is a tad over the top but it works.” –Captain Zap

“He was ripped straight out of the comics.  I don’t know how to describe it any better.  Perfect looks, perfect voice, perfect attitude. Amazing piece of acting and comedy.  Any scene with JJ Jameson in it, was absolutely stolen by J.K Simmons on point performance.  When Peter steals back the costume, and JJ yells ‘I want Spider-Man!’, it makes a nerd weep.  Such an incredibly perfect combination of actor and role.  Cigar chomping, suspender wearing, Spider-Man hating JJ Jameson.  There are even moments where he has some real heart. No one will ever match his portrayal, ever.” – J. Tascio

3. Uncle Ben’s Death

Coming in at #3, it would be irresponsible if this event with great power was not included on the list.

“The sense I got from reading the comics was that Uncle Ben was a sweet elderly man of few words and existed to serve as the motivator for Peter to become Spider-Man. His purpose as plot device was transparent and the reader never got to know all that much about him. It was horrible when he was murdered but I felt the loss for Peter, not because I had anything invested in the Uncle Ben. Actor Cliff Robertson turned a one note character into someone you actually cared about.” – Captain Zap

“I remember after the part when Aunt May went to check on Peter & as soon Peter said, ‘I missed him a lot today’, I couldn’t help but tear up a little bit. Looking back on it, I really connected with the loss that Peter was facing.” –AlMoSiCe210

“Cliff Robertson.  So well cast as Uncle Ben, that when he dies shortly into the movie, we already care.  We care just as much as Peter does, and are heartbroken to see the life fade from his eyes.  It’s one of the few emotionally gripping scenes in the trilogy, and one of the few where Tobey Maguire is allowed to cry.  Cliff Robertsons “great power” speech is so ingrained into my mind, and was done at such a young age, that I’ll never forget it.  Only an actor as experienced as Cliff Robertson could have done as much as was done with that role, in such a small amount of screen time.  I was incredibly saddened by his death last year.” –J. Tascio

2. The Sandman Cometh…

Although Spider-Man 3 was widely lambasted by critics & fanboys alike, this scene ends up forming at spot #2.

“After Flint Marko runs from the police officers, he stumbles into a restricted testing area, where he falls into a pit of sand.  The machine kicks on, and Marko is trapped.  When he emerges, he discovers his body is made of sand, and he struggles to come to terms with this.  As he tries standing up, his legs collapse, he falls apart.  It’s a scene that’s beautifully put together, accompanied by one of the few decent compositions from music maker, Christopher Young.  As Marko is pulling himself together, he sees a locket with a picture of his daughter in it, which inspires him to finally pull his body together.  It’s a sweetly sad scene, a birth of a villain, but one with a heart.  Enough praise can’t be heaped onto the effects team as well.  They spent an entire year studying how sand moves, and created programs that didn’t exist before this movie.” –J. Tascio

“This scene is deeply poetic & has so much feeling in it. So much feeling that you forget that it is just a pile of sand trying to put itself together.” –AlMoSiCe210

1. It Appears You Have A Train To Catch

Spidey & Ock’s high speed battle on the rails in Spider-Man 2 pulls right into the top spot on the list!

“There is so much going on in this scene and the way Spider-Man & Doc Ock are able to adapt to everything going on around them is just amazing. I remember watching this in theaters, wide-eyed at on the edge of my seat, just being sucked into the moment. And then to see how Spider-Man was helped onto the train was just beautiful. The subway battle scene between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus is without question the best scene in the Sam Raimi trilogy. Hands down. ” –AlMoSice210

“It’s a scene that brilliantly displays what Spider-Man can do. Using every ounce of web fluid and spider-strength, Peter tries desperately to stop the train from moving, and he succeeds, only to faint, maskless. The scene shows Peters determination to help people even as the cost of his own life, and identity.  It’s also just a really bad@$$fight scene.  Fun fact: the kids that give Spider-Man back his mask are Tobey Maguire’s brothers.” –J. Tascio

So there you have it, the 10 best aspects in the Spider-Man trilogy. If you want to see the worst moments, click here! How did you feel about this list? Post a comment and let us know! And find out if The Amazing Spider-Man will live up to expectations when it swings into theaters on Tuesday July 3, 2012!

A bit about Captain Zap: I myself am a big fan of the Spider-Man character, in fact the earliest memories I have on the planet involve Spider-Man in some way.Understand that I was born in the early 1970s and this was the decade where Marvel really began to achieve mainstream popularity.Indeed the Hulk, Captain America, Iron-Man, Howard The Duck, Thor and of course Spider-Man were everywhere. I would dare to say that Marvel characters were as ubiquitous in the 70s as they are now.

A bit about J. Tascio: Let me preface this with saying, Spider-Man is my hero. Laugh all you want, but I guarantee he’s a better role model than Kim Kardashian.  I was never the most popular, had acne, got bullied, cared more about learning than I did athletics. But I always had my comics books and movies to get lost in when I needed to.  Most importantly, I had my Spider-Man books.  As far back as I can remember I was always reading Spider-Man comics.  They had given me the feeling that I wasn’t as alone as I’d felt.  So, when the movies were made, I was incredibly excited.  Now, 10 years later, we get to look back on them with nostalgia.

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