• Publication date: May 1, 2011

Peter Parker May Not Have Time to Choose Spiderman 2: Superhero or Average Joe?

�Spider-Man 2� resumes two years after the first film. Peter Parker is now a student studying physics at Columbia University, struggling to pay his bills by delivering pizzas. Leading a double life has left him physically and emotionally drained; he has very little time to spend with his love Mary Jane or best friend Harry.

�Spider-Man 2� resumes two years after the first film. Peter Parker is now a student studying physics at Columbia University, struggling to pay his bills by delivering pizzas. Leading a double life has left him physically and emotionally drained; he has very little time to spend with his love Mary Jane or best friend Harry.

Making matters worse, his Aunt May is struggling to pay her mortgage and could quite possibly lose her home. All of these stresses put Peter in an uncomfortable position where he must decide which is more important: his personal life or his life as a crime fighter. While he would ultimately like to continue being a superhero he still must pay his bills.

Peter wishes that he could lead a normal life but he is sucked back into superhero status when scientist Otto Octavius� conducts an experiment to develop indestructible mechanical limbs. During the limbs� activation there is a mechanical error that fatally injures his wife and causes the arms to bind to his body.

While this may sound like a wonderful combination of man and machine, it turns afoul when the arms take control of Otto�s body, effectively turning him into a bionic evil scientist. As Otto goes on a rampage throughout the city he attempts to rob a bank where, by chance, Peter is present with Aunt May.

When Peter attempts to transform into Spider-Man his powers are strangely weak, a result of being overstressed from school, his relationship with Mary Jane, and his aunt�s housing dilemma. During his loss of power, Dr. Octavius kidnaps Aunt May. Thankfully, the superhero regains his strength and rescues his aunt, but the mad bionic scientist, now dubbed Doc Ock escapes and begins building his dangerous reactor.

Returning to civilian life, Peter is devastated when he discovers Mary Jane�s plans to marry astronaut John Jameson. In an attempt to stop the marriage he meets his love interest at a local coffee shop where, just before a rather awkward kiss is about to occur, Doc Ock crashes through the window and interrupts the couple.

The mad scientist captures Mary and Spider-Man attempts to rescue her, but fails when Doc Ock sabotages the brakes to a subway train, forcing the superhero to save its passengers as the madman escapes. Stopping the train requires tremendous force and it leaves Peter powerless and vulnerable to Octavius who then captures the webbed hero.

While Peter is knocked unconscious Doc Ock brings him, by previous agreement, to his informant as compensation for a previous favor. When his capturer unmasks the hero both men are shocked and must reevaluate themselves. Will Peter continue his life as a superhero or opt for an ordinary life instead?

�Spider-Man 2� was a massive success, topping the earnings of its predecessor and grossing over $783 million worldwide. Immediately after the film�s release and overwhelmingly positive responses from both viewers and critics alike, �Spider-Man 3� (2007) began production and earned over $890 million worldwide.

This movie is rated PG-13 due to stylized action violence.

Year: 2004

Runtime: 120 mins

Genre: Action/ Drama/ Fantasy

Starring:

Kirsten Dunst

Tobey Maguire

Alfred Molina

James Franco

J.K. Simmons

Rosemary Harris

Directed by: Sam Raimi