The Amazing Spider-Man: Spider-Mania Prevails

July 5, 2012

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man.

It’s been 50 years since the comic book hero with spider powers was first conceived by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The Amazing Spider-Man, the newest addition to the franchise now playing theaters, re-envisions the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast raised by his uncle (Martin Sheen) and aunt (Sally Field) after being abandoned by his parents as a boy. While Parker tries to reconcile with the past, he uses his powers to shape his own future and his charm to seduce Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).

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Spider-Man 2
When a failed nuclear experiment kills Dr. Otto Octavius’s wife, he blames Spider-Man and transforms himself into the revenge-seeking Dr. Octopus (Alfred Molina). Meanwhile, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is busy juggling college and a career as a photographer for the Daily Bugle, and keeping his secret identity. But although his professional life seems to be soaring, his personal relationships—with both girlfriend Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and pal Harry Osborn (James Franco)—begin to suffer.

Spider-Man 3
Maguire, Dunst, and Franco reprise their roles once again. This time, Peter Parker and Mary Jane’s love seems to be on the right track, but trouble looms. After a mysterious shooting star contaminates Parker’s spider suit, it not only gives him enhanced powers, but also brings out the dark side of his personality. Our superhero will have to fight against himself and two supervillains—Sandman and Venom—before they destroy everything he holds dear.