We take a look back at the first installment of Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy (available on Amazon Prime Video), and all the little details that are hidden inside.
Sam Raimi’s car, a reference to a DC Comics superhero, the first steps of a famous actress, and of course the essential Stan Lee cameo … miss in Spider-Man, the first part of the trilogy released in 2002 (and available on Amazon Prime Video).
“Filament, fly!” “Take me, web, take me!” While he is just beginning to discover his new powers, Peter Parker tries several formulas to try to launch his web. Among the words he uses, we find the famous “Shazam” pronounced by the young Billy Batson to transform, in a film which nevertheless belongs to the DC Comics team (competitor of Marvel).
In Peter Parker’s bedroom, when you take a closer look at the patterns that adorn the wallpaper, you can see that they represent cobwebs. A small wink slipped into the film by the production designer Neil Spisak, as if to announce the future transformation of the young hero.
When he tries to craft his first Spider-Man costume to compete in the wrestling tournament, Peter Parker draws many sketches and explores several possibilities. Among them is a reference to the superhero Manta from Marvel studios: an oceanographer with special armor, who notably fought alongside Namor and Captain America.
The car Uncle Ben drives when he drops Peter “off at the library” (when he’s actually going to the wrestling tournament) is none other than the director’s personal vehicle. Sam raimi : a 1973 Oldsmobile that can also be seen in other feature films of the filmmaker, such as Evil Dead or Until Hell.
Still at the start of his career when Spiderman was filmed in 2002, the actress Octavia Spencer (now famous for her roles in The Color of Feelings, The Shadows Figures or The Shape of Water), plays a small role in the film by Sam raimi. While she was assisting the casting director Francine Maisler, she was indeed offered to play the receptionist of the wrestling tournament, who registered Peter Parker for his fight against the Bucker.
Fetish actor of Sam raimi, hero of the trilogy evil Dead, comedian Bruce Campbell also appears in each of the three parts of the trilogy Spiderman. While he plays the host of the wrestling tournament in the first installment, we find him as a theater opener in Spider-Man 2, then as a restaurant receptionist in Spider-Man 3.
“The problem is, we don’t have a single drinkable photo. Eddie has been working on it for weeks, and each time we just see him.” When he pronounces this sentence for the attention of J. Jonah Jameson, Joseph Robertson (played by Bill Nunn) refers to a certain Eddie Brock, journalist and photographer at the Daily Bugle who will eventually become the terrible … Venom.
As we know, the famous screenwriter and creator of many superheroes (such as Daredevil, Hulk, Thor and of course Spiderman himself) makes a small appearance in each of the feature films adapted from Marvel comic books. In the movie Sam raimi, we can thus see him among the crowd, during the attack of the Green Goblin on Times Square, saving a little girl.
When he walks back to his apartment looking a little annoyed and Harry asks him why he’s looking like that, Peter replies: “I was late for my work and Dr Connors fired me.” He is referring here to Dr. Curt Connors, a prominent biologist and geneticist whose reptile experiments will lead him to become one of Spider-Man’s worst enemies: the Lizard. The latter is notably the main antagonist of The Amazing Spider-Man, released in 2012 with Andrew Garfield.
When they get together with their family for Thanksgiving dinner, Peter Parker and Norman Osborne each play a double game, not realizing that they are sharing a meal between “worst enemies”. However, each symbolically wears the colors of his opponent: a green shirt like the Jester’s armor for Peter, and a red and blue set like the Spider-Man costume for Norman.
It’s hard to notice it as the scene is fast, but when Peter has a nightmare at Aunt May’s bedside, when his enemy’s face appears in front of the camera, we can see a second Green Goblin in the background.
When he trains in his room, at the beginning of the film, Peter accidentally breaks the glass of a frame on which he can be seen posing with Uncle Ben and Aunt May. A nonsense that he repairs thereafter, as we can see towards the end of the feature film. In Aunt May’s hospital room, the photo is indeed back in a new setting.