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16 Actors You Forgot Were In The Original 'Spider-Man' Trilogy

November 30, 2020 1.6k votes 232 voters 48.6k views16 items

List RulesVote up your favorite actors that you sorta forgot were in the original Spider-Verse.

With the MCU's Spider-Man franchise riding high nowadays, it is easy to forget just how popular and influential the original Spider-Man trilogy was in the 2000s. And seeing how easy it is to forget that fact, it's even easier to forget all the fantastic cameos in Raimi's Spider-Man films. There certainly are a lot of them.

Now-famous actors like Joe Manganiello and Elizabeth Banks appeared in the trilogy before they became household names, but that's not all. Award-winning actors like Octavia Spencer and James Cromwell had easy-to-forget roles, and some cameos came out of left field, such as Lucy Lawless and Macy Gray. There really is something for everyone in the original Spider-Man trilogy if you have the time for a rewatch.

  • As far as blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameos go, Lucy Lawless has a pretty great one. The star of Xena: Warrior Princess is nigh unrecognizable in her momentary cameo as "Punk Rock Girl," but it definitely is her under that wig and makeup.

    Her character also thinks a "guy with eight hands sounds hot," so, she's clearly got an active imagination, as well.

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  • After appearing in the low-budget cult classic Wet Hot American Summer but before breaking out in films like Seabiscuit and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Elizabeth Banks booked the minor role of Betty Brant in Spider-Man. Though Banks's star power continued to rise as each Spider-Man film in the original trilogy rolled around, Brant never really became a major player in the series.

    Now, the actress is just as prolific behind the camera as she is in front of it, having directed films like Pitch Perfect 2 and the 2019 reboot of Charlie's Angels.

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  • Before breaking out in the 2010s with The HelpHidden Figures, and The Shape of Water, Octavia Spencer was just a working character actor trying to get whatever parts she could. Much like her other roles at the time (we're looking at you S.W.A.T. and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde), Spencer isn't really given much to do in her limited screen time in Spider-Man.

    Watching her call Peter Parker "small fry" at an indie wrestling show is pretty fun, though.

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  • Before his breakthrough as host of The Soup and his starring role in Community, Joel McHale got his first big-screen role in Spider-Man 2. It is a pretty thankless role as a bank employee who provides some comic relief with Aunt May during Doc Ock's bank robbery.

    There is nothing quite like seeing Aunt May smack a gold coin out of the smarmy McHale's hand as he tries to illegally pocket some spare change.

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