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Top 10 Moments from Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” Trilogy

With the trailer for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” finally getting an official reveal, fans are excited about the return of characters from director Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy. 

An action figure of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man from Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy. Photo by James Whelan.

Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy followed Tobey Maguire as the titular character in 2002, 2004, and 2007. While “Spider-Man 3” received a mixed reception, the first two films are considered two of the best superhero movies. 

Thanks to nostalgia and hype for “No Way Home,” die-hard fans have dissected quotes from the trilogy to create countless memes. 

Whether heartwarming or memeable, here are the top 10 moments from Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy. 

10. J. Jonah Jameson References a Marvel Hero: “Spider-Man 2.” 

When Doctor Octopus begins to wreak havoc on New York, J. Jonah Jameson brainstorms names with Hoffman for the villain. Hoffman suggests naming Doc Ock “Doctor Strange.” While Jameson likes it, he says the name is already in use. 

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Strange and Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.

What started as a fun easter egg seems to have come full circle for the Marvel franchise. Who could have known that 17 years later, Doctor Strange would appear in a “Spider-Man” movie, and Raimi would be directing the sorcerer’s upcoming sequel?

If “No Way Home” or “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” references this moment, it will show that those directors have a good memory. 

9. Emo Peter Parker Takes Over: “Spider-Man 3.”

Peter Parker acting cool (or his definition of it at least) is hilarious yet cringy. Maybe viewers can give him the benefit of the doubt since he was under the influence of a symbiote. 

While walking down the street, Peter performs various dance moves and points finger guns at women walking past him. Peter also acts not like himself at work and around other people, showing his downfall. 

His outfit and hairstyle are inexcusable, however.

8. Jameson as Spider-Man: “Spider-Man 2.” 

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, at least according to Jameson. When Peter quits being Spider-Man and throws away his costume, Jameson scoops it up from the trash. In his office, he proceeds to try on the Spider-Man suit and pretend to be the hero. 

Since Peter made the costume to fit himself, how was Jameson able to wear it? It must be one-size-fits-all. 

7. Pizza Time: “Spider-Man 2.”

Struggling with a work-life balance as Spider-Man, Peter tries to make ends meet delivering pizza. To try and save time, Peter uses his powers to drop off a large order of pizzas

During the moment referred to as a meme by many fans, Peter slams several pizza boxes on a counter, exclaiming “Pizza Time!” Unfortunately, the unamused receptionist tells him he is late, resulting in free pizza and Peter getting fired.

6. Norman Finds Out at Thanksgiving: “Spider-Man.”

Peter is definitely not thankful for the Thanksgiving holiday in “Spider-Man.”

Following a fight between him and the Green Goblin, a bleeding Peter returns home to a crowded apartment. Since his Aunt May and Norman Osborn are suspicious of his presence, Peter must evade them before changing out of his costume. 

Norman’s suspicion grows when he hears a drop of blood fall from the ceiling. His suspicions of Peter are confirmed when Aunt May points out he is bleeding at the dinner table. 

From Peter’s entrance to Norman figuring out his identity at the dinner table, the tension of this scene is executed perfectly by Raimi. Although, comments about Mary Jane made by Norman were unnecessary.  

5. Peter Tells Aunt May the Truth: “Spider-Man 2.”

In this heartbreaking scene, Peter tells Aunt May the truth about Uncle Ben’s death. The way the camera lingers in a close-up on Peter during his confession amplifies his sorrow. Tobey Maguire gives a stellar performance in this scene.

Aunt May is distraught at the revelation, but perhaps Uncle Ben would be proud of his nephew for taking responsibility for his actions. 

4. Spider-Man No More: “Spider-Man 2.”

After consulting his doctor about the loss of his superpowers, Peter ponders what he wants in life outside of being Spider-Man. Peter ultimately decides to give up the mantle of Spider-Man, going against his Uncle Ben’s wishes, whom he sees in a dream. 

While good for Peter for trying to take control of his life, it is tragic to see him dismiss Uncle Ben’s words of wisdom that inspired him to be a hero in the first place. 

In a neat callback to “Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #50,” Raimi recreates the moment when Peter throws away his Spider-Man costume. 

3. The Final Battle: “Spider-Man.”

The final battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin is a brutal fight. Between exploding bombs, gritty hand-to-hand combat, and constant slamming into brick walls, it is a miracle Peter survived. 

Norman’s final pleas to Peter are pathetic but show how much being the Green Goblin has twisted his mind. Not that anyone deserves to be impaled by a glider, but he bought it onto himself. 

The Green Goblin will be back for revenge in “No Way Home,” so Tom Holland’s Spider-Man better watch out for his brutality

2. Fighting Doc Ock on a Train: “Spider-Man 2.”

A high-speed battle ensues when Spider-Man and Doc Ock are fighting alongside a train full of people. Doc Ock escalates the conflict by sabotaging the train’s controls.

In arguably one of the most iconic moments of Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man” trilogy, Peter slows down the train by webbing surrounding buildings. 

After slowing down the train, the train’s occupants surround the unmasked hero. They promise not to share Peter’s secret identity, but there has to be one person who at least thought about it. Anyone who spoke up for sure would have made the front page of the Daily Bugle. 

Hopefully, no trains are around when Holland faces off against Doc Ock in “No Way Home.” Otherwise, he is in for a bad time unless Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield can tag in.

1. Aunt May Inspires Peter: “Spider-Man 2.” 

While packing her belongings for a move, Aunt May gives Peter insightful advice about how people need heroes and the burdens of being heroic. 

Aunt May’s speech is a sensational expansion to Uncle Ben’s lessons of great responsibility. She gave Peter the inspiration he needed to become Spider-Man again. 

What is your favorite moment from Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy? “Spider-Man: No Way Home” swings into theaters on Dec. 17, where Tobey Maguire will hopefully be making an appearance. 

For more Marvel content, check out Tom Holland’s Best Interview Moments and Five Marvel Comics to Read Before Watching “What If” on Disney+.

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