20 Fun Facts About the Spider-Man Trilogy

With the current explosion of comic book and superhero films, it's important to look back at the ones that started it all. That's what we're doing with this list of Spider-Man movie trivia. These Spider-Man facts concern the Tobey Maguire Spidey, not the reboot versions. Because before Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures unleashed the Spider-Man movies and changed blockbuster cinema forever.

Spider-Man illustrated just why fans love the character. He was the underdog, he was our underdog. Spider-Man helps us all understand what it's like to be a hero, and the movie helped us feel what it's like to be Spider-Man. Back in 2002 there was nothing quite like that rush of swinging around like Spider-Man.

Then Spider-Man 2 came out in 2004 and blew our minds all over again! It broke many of its predecessor's box office records and was even more revered by fans and critics. To this day it's still regarded as one of the best superhero movies all time. Spider-Man 3, well that's another story, but we have plenty of info in the list about all of that as well.

So take a look back at one of the greatest superheroes of all time in one of the franchises that started it all. These are 33 fun facts about Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy! Vote up your favorite bits of webslinging trivia!
  • The Thanksgiving Scene Is Color-Coded

    During the Thanksgiving dinner scene, both Peter Parker and Norman Osborn wore their enemy’s costume colors. (Peter in green and Norman in red and blue) Harry Osborn, showing his neutrality to that point, being friends with Peter and his father's loyal son, wore both sets of colors: a green shirt, blue coat, and red tie.

  • Stan Lee Was Making Cameos Even Back Then

    In the first film, Spider-Man's co-creator Stan Lee saves a woman from falling debris. In the second film he saves someone yet again. Finally, in the third film (pictured) Stan Lee makes an appearance as the man who tells Peter how great Spider-Man is.

    Source: Marvel Wikia
  • They Had to Audition Spiders for the First Film

    They literally held spider auditions. Director Sam Raimi wanted the perfect spider for the moment where Peter Parker receives the initial bite, but the spider that most resembled Raimi’s vision was a black widow. It would obviously be too dangerous to use a real black widow, so entomologist Steven Kutcher brought in spiders to “audition” for Raimi. Eventually, they found a spider that looked just right to play the part.

    There was just one problem: the color. The solution: makeup. Raimi explained that he wanted the scene to look as realistic as possible, and CGI just wasn't up to snuff then. So they went Rocky Horror on the spider instead, painting it with red and blue accents.

    Source: National Geographic

  • Peter Parker's Landlord's Name is No Accident

    Remember Peter Parker’s grumpy landlord who’s always chasing him for rent? The one with the strangely cute daughter, Ursula, with whom Peter makes fast friends? Mr. Ditkovich was a character created solely for the movie series, and his name is a (not too subtle) reference to Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko.