Spider-Man 2 (2004)



Critic Consensus: Boasting an entertaining villain and deeper emotional focus, this is a nimble sequel that improves upon the original.

Movie Info

Stan Lee's all-too-human superhero returns to the screen in this highly anticipated sequel to 2002's blockbuster hit Spider-Man. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is attempting to juggle college classes and his job as a photographer with the Daily Bugle while maintaining his secret life as costumed crime-fighter Spider-Man. Parker is also struggling to hold on to his relationship with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), who is beginning to enjoy success as a model and actress, and both Mary Jane and … More

Rating: PG-13 (for stylized action violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Alvin Sargent
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 2004
Box Office: $373.4M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


as Peter Parker/Spider-...

as Mary Jane Watson

as Harry Osborn

as Dr. Otto Octavius/Do...

as Aunt May

as Rosalie Octavius

as J. Jonah Jameson

as John Jameson

as Dr. Curt Connors

as Robbie Robertson

as Mr. Aziz

as Ben Parker

as Norman Osborn

as Hoffman

as Miss Brant

as Dr. Davis

as Mr. Ditkovich

as Ursula

as Man in Elevator

as Mr. Jacks

as Dr. Isaacs

as Debris-Dodging Man

as Garbage Man

as Snooty Receptionist

as Henry Jackson

as Man on Balcony

as OsCorp Executive

as Mrs. Jameson

as Society Lady

as Harry's Houseman

as Man at Web

as Woman at Web

as Skeptical Scientist

as Injured Scientist

as Boy Saved by Spider-...

as Girl Saved by Spider...

as Mrs. Watson

as Stage Manager

as Pizza `Heist' Witnes...

as Poker Player

as Amazed Kid

as Amazed Kid

as Theater Traffic Cop

as `Algernon'

as Street Violinist

as Doctor

as Chainsaw Doctor

as Chainsaw Nurse

as Chainsaw Nurse

as Chainsaw Nurse

as Woman at Fire

as Child in Burning Bui...

as Fireman

as Conductor

as Boy with Spider-Man'...

as Boy with Spider-Man'...

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Train Passenger

as Felicia Hardy
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Spider-Man 2

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Spider-Man 2

All Critics (261) | Top Critics (50)

Alfred Molina makes a more baroque supervillain than Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, but the other stars seem happy to be giving us more of the same. Sam Raimi's direction, on the other hand, is even more fluent and well paced.

Full Review… | August 5, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The web-slinging sequences are bigger-better-brighter-faster than the already spectacular ones in 2002's Spider-Man, and at the same time, the film's smaller emotional moments are denser, richer and more resonant than those in the first.

Full Review… | July 9, 2012
Associated Press
Top Critic

A lot of talent to lavish on a single movie, but the result is uncommonly smart for the genre, and not just smart but tremendously enjoyable.

July 14, 2010
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Simultaneously funnier, darker, and more emotional than its forebear.

Full Review… | July 14, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

The trick with Spider-Man is to swing both ways -- the superheroics and the super lack of self-esteem -- without getting mired in the dreary introspective moping that did for Ang Lee's awful Hulk. Spider-Man 2 balances it all but perfectly,

Full Review… | June 29, 2015
The Spectator

Maybe it has something to do with Sam Raimi's skills as a director, or with Tobey Maguire's very human central performance, but the Spider-Man films are by far the best of the superhero genre.

Full Review… | June 29, 2015
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Spider-Man 2

So after the massive success of the first film and fears about a low budget horror director taking the helm put to rest, amongst other things, we get the obligatory sequel. A second chance for another Spider-Man thriller with better effects, better sets, better costumes, better CGI...better everything, but still just a tad exactly the same as the first film.

Two years on and Parker is trying to cope with his daily grind, his love for Mary Jane and of course being Spidey. Ah but wait, Peter Parker let me introduce the rather stocky Dr. Octavius and his obvious pending disaster he calls a self-sustaining fusion reaction. Before you can my Spidey sense is tingling it all goes tits up as the experiment goes errr...tits up! and the Doc becomes a dastardly baddie hell bent on...umm doing his experiment all over again for some reason.

Yep the introduction of Alfred Molina was yet another brilliant bit of casting as his performance as the calm methodical Doc Ock (along with his perfect build and looks) save the film from becoming rather mundane. Just like the first film the villain is the winning ticket and gives this adventure a shot in the arm which is so clearly required. Now I'm not saying this film was bad but the strangest thing...back in the day I always preferred this film over the original, but now the tables have turned and I find myself enjoying the original much more. I think the problem with this film is it really starts to lose its sense of semi realism and my suspension of disbelief goes right out the window.

Now I always though Spider-Man was merely a regular guy with extra strength, speed, endurance and jumping ability, along with the few special skills of being able to climb walls and shoot gooey web stuff. But he was still able to get hurt, cut, bleed and generally die. In this film Spider-Man is virtually invincible and practically as strong as the Hulk or Superman so it seems. I mean really...he's falling from massive heights and slamming into walls and cars, he can hold up huge metal structures, lift incredible weights and stop a runaway train with his gooey web stuff and arms! Was Spider-Man always this powerful??

There are also some really silly hokey issues dotted throughout that bugged me. Doc Ock hides out in the one and only run down shack in the middle of the harbour and it stands out like a sore thumb, no one ever thought of looking there? even when the lights were on? When Doc Ock robs the bank no one notices him just standing there right next to the vault door in his long trench coat, hat and shades looking pretty suspicious. Oh and how do you hide four giant mechanical arms under a coat? Why does the Doc go from being a decent human being into someone who would kill innocent people? even when he's got the arms fused to his spine or whatever he's still the same guy, but for some reason he suddenly decides hurting people is the way to go. Plus when the Doc goes to see Osborn for the tritium why didn't he just force Osborn to hand it over instead of agreeing to get Spider-Man in exchange for it, surely that would have been easier and saved time.

How does the Doc get all that expensive equipment? I know he pinched some cash from the bank but that wouldn't cover it. Plus how was it delivered?! didn't anyone notice all this stuff being delivered to this abandoned building in the harbour where no one goes or lives? didn't anyone think it was odd or suspicious? And what on earth was his experiment about?? what was it for? what would it do? it just felt like an outrageously diabolical device just for the sake of being a diabolical device. If he managed to finish it then what? would he become a good guy again? all he wanted to do was finish the experiment so its not like he was trying to do anything bad, and the experiment was suppose to be for the good of mankind right? maybe let him do his stuff?

The special effects in the film were an improvement over the first film but again looking back they still look a bit dated. Seeing Spider-Man swing through the city (but what the hell is he attached too?? its hilarious!) is looking much better but most of the shots were we see Doc Ock walking along via his four mechanical arms are really bad at times. The entire runaway subway train sequence is really dodgy looking nowadays, the fight on top of the train and seeing the Doc throw those obviously bad CGI people from the train...blimey its bad!

So yes the action is bigger louder and more impressive than the first film but the CGI effects are way more obvious to me, far more hokey looking. Close up shots of Doc Ock and his arms are fantastic, the way the arms lift him up, the way the arms look...all brilliant, but the bad outweighs the good I'm afraid. There is so much dodgy CGI and bluescreen work in here, the sequence where Parker rescues the little girl from the burning building, rescuing May Parker from the Doc halfway up a skyscraper made me cringe especially, the car being chucked through the cafe window etc...Oh and why does Parker seemingly lose his Spidey powers halfway through yet gains them back again from nowhere? what was that about?!

Surprisingly I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would...and I'm honesty being honest here. Molina is superb as Doc Ock and the action is deserving of kudos for the ambition, but visually it lacks quality in my opinion and there are lots more silly niggly bits that stand out to me. This sequel definitely felt more along the lines of a Schumacher Batman flick at times, its reasonable fun but the original still easily surpasses it.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Spider-Man 2 is that extremely rare gem that manages to exceed the high qualities of its predecessor in everyway.Tobey Maguire reprises his role and maintains to present the perfect portrayal of Peter Parker. While struggling with real life and his heroic life, Parker's growing love for Mary Jane grows and flawlessly creates a strong emotional trend to this film. Alfred Molina gives audiences one of the strongest performances with a Marvel villain through his role as the notorious Doctor Octopus. From a potent script and incredible visual effects (more practical then CGI), Sam Raimi succeeds in creating an intimidating foe who is both interesting and sophisticated. Without a doubt one of the very best Marvel films to come out is cemented as my most favoured superhero film of all time.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

Peter Parker begins to find the life of a super hero a rather thankless task and increasingly stressed by his inability to balance work, school and fighting crime he decides to quit being Spiderman. Unfortunately he does not count on a disastrous scientific experiment that turns an altruistic genius into a mechanically enhanced megalomaniac! Spiderman builds on a fine original and delivers all it promised and more. The action sequences are brilliantly done and even more importantly, it intelligently fleshes out the characters with humour and depth. The way Peter has to confront the pros and cons of superhero-dom is really cleverly done and it injects even more clever humour; in particular the scenes when Peter accidentally dyes his smalls with his spider suit and taking a lift when his powers fail him. It's witty, funny and exciting and everything a superhero film should be. And once more I felt sorry for anyone having to share a scene with the brilliant J. K. Simmons! One of the best hero movies out there.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Spider-Man 2 Quotes

– Submitted by Genaro C (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Maineutral R (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Swail J (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Andrew D (2 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Spider-Man 2 on our Movie forum!