Although this sequel is considered by everyone as the best in the Spider-Man trilogy due to its story being more engaging than its predecessor and the fight scenes being more elaborate. Spider-Man 2 still suffers from the same flaws as its predecessor that still remains inferior to Spider-Man Homecoming. Two years after fighting the Green Goblin, Peter is now a College student and still balancing his life as Spider-Man in between his school activities for his future. But he struggles with anxiety and stress due to his feelings for MJ when he learns that she is marrying J. Jonah Jameson's son while feeling guilty for letting Harry's dad die as he still blames Spider-Man for his father's death. Peter must deal with these issues while facing a new foe who goes by the name of Doctor Octopus. Ok, its understandable that the 2004 sequel managed to double the stakes of what made its predecessor a big hit in terms of action, storytelling and better characterization. This film still suffers from the same flaws that are present in the last film and Sam Raimi still did not fix this issue which made the film still unwatchable in the first place; but in many ways, Spider-Man 2 no doubt has delivered a few interesting ideas that made this worth the time for comic book and Superhero fans. Its clear enough that our director managed to come up with new ideas that are smart and perfect in its narrative structure that beats the first film's opportunities. This film takes Peter's journey in a more interesting direction as we see how our web swinging hero suffers from guilt and pain due to what he has done in the last film as he struggles with these personal issues that have been consuming him ever since he started saving lives from the deaths of Uncle Ben and Norman Osborn to his conflicting love for his childhood friend MJ as he understands that being Spider-Man makes more enemies and put the lives of everyone he loves at risk, its really appealing and intriguing to see how our hero's powers get affected when these simple things affect his life that caused him to quit being Spider-Man throughout the film before regaining them back and returning to finish what Peter started. Sam Raimi sure knows how to make the story of Spider-Man more interesting as he managed to progress through something different for each film and there is no doubt that he does it well to give the fans what they want in the first place while adding more humor into the mix to lighten the mood. There are so many scenes that are more elaborate than in the first film (Spider-Man saving people from a train that is about to crash, how Doctor Octopus became the big bad villain along with his fights against the web swinging hero and the scene where Peter regains his powers). The aforementioned Doctor Octopus is by far the best villain in this trilogy as he acts both as a threat and an intimidating antagonist to Spider-Man while I love how we get to see his redeeming side by the end which makes him a more sympathetic character than the Green Goblin for all the right reasons. The acting as always is great for the other cast. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst are still the big letdowns of this trilogy. Its good to see nearly everyone from the returning cast like James Franco and Willem Dafoe as Harry and Norman Osborn respectively with the latter being a short cameo. J.K. Simmons still could not fail to keep me from laughing as the hilarious and comical J. Jonah Jameson but the one who steals the show the most from the new cast is Alfred Molina as the antagonist Doctor Octopus, he's a way better villain than the Green Goblin and I'm not kidding about that as he is the most interesting character in this trilogy due to his brilliant characterization that develops over time throughout the film. Director Sam Raimi manages to take a step up from his work on this film over the original as he does a fine job in tuning up the things that made the first Spider-Man a big hit, but he did not fix the main issues that are present in both films which are the poor characterization of Peter Parker and Mary Jane, he could have fixed this but sadly he didn't do so. Overall Spider-Man 2 is a worthy follow-up that elevates the thrills and set pieces to a whole new level but still suffers from the same flaws as its predecessor. This movie gets a 5.5/10.