Episode 5: We Never Claim to Be Experts

Of course, that doesn’t mean we aren’t experts.

Buckle your seat belts, because Kiyan and Dylan are about to swing their way through New York as they explore Spider-Man! Specifically, the 2000’s era Sam Raimi trilogy. The consensus was that it was rather enjoyable. If you thought that this episode was enjoyable, check below for some show notes and links to where they got their information, and please tell your friends about the show!

Stan Lee talks about his conception of Spider-Man in the on disc featurette about the making of Spider-Man. The feature covers a few other aspects of the film that we talked about, but it’s predominantly an excuse for the actors, directors, and producers to sit down and be interviewed. It’s been lovingly posted on YouTube. The behind the scenes for the second film can also be found on YouTube in multiple parts: GeneralStunts, Costume Design, Story and Character, and Practical Effects. There used to be an additional part of Visual Design, but it has since sadly been blocked on copyright grounds.

In early 2002, when the first Spider-Man was but a month away from release, Bloomberg Business put together a comprehensive run down of the long legal disputes that surround Spider-Man’s film rights. You can read that on their website.

Besides the obvious mispronunciation of McClory, it should be noted that the Thunderball legal dispute has a long and varied history, with every side throwing something new into the mix. The supposed “Thunderball for Spider-Man” deal is only a rumor, but wikipedia provides a good summary of that entire legal dispute.

The anecdote about Tobey’s back and that scene in Spider-Man 2 comes from Sam Raimi himself, in an interview that he gave for the BBC. There’s some other interesting notes about the behind the scenes, so be sure to check that out.

Speaking of Spider-Man 2, Doctor Octopus was one of the most complicated visual effects put to film at the time. A feature on the Spider-Man 2 DVD goes into far more detail than we did, and that too has been lovingly hosted on YouTube.

We didn’t touch on this in the episode, but a major special effects scene in the third film was the crane scene. Shortly after the third film released, a website called Animation World Network contacted CafeFX and wrote an article about the work that went into creating that very scene. It’s quite an interesting read for anyone who is interested in computer effects.

An additional part of the Spider Man 2 Behind the Scenes talks predominantly about Spyder-Cam, so be sure to check that out if it sounded like your jam.

A brief note on costuming and some interesting to read pre-release speculation can be found on IGN.

We clearly thought that the original vision for Spider-Man 2 and Doc Ock was an awful, terrible idea. But not everyone agrees, of course. io9 originally reported on the vision when the original script was posted online, but that script is no longer available at the link they provide. But you can read their long synopsis of that script here.

Thomas Haden Church talked about his role as Sandman and signing on for the movie without a script in an interview with Comic Book Resources. It still exists on their website.

Christopher Young went into excessive detail about his scoring for Spider-Man 3. It should actually be noted that he’s quite an accomplished composer on his own merits, and he talks about this in the interview. Read it here.

After the first two films were released, but before the third was, IGN posted a collection of articles detailing some observations and theories on the films. The first article in these collection detailed Spider-Man 1 & 2, and includes large sections dedicated to detailing the differences between the film and comic versions of the characters. Be sure to check that out if that interests you.

So that’s our 5th trilogy down. Spider-Man. Did you know that film cost extra? Neither did J. Jonah Jameson.

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