Preview by: Jack Foley
THE dust has barely had chance to settle on America's blockbuster
Summer season in 2003, but thoughts are already turning to next
year's big ones.
One of the biggest is surely to be Spider-Man 2, the eagerly-anticipated
sequel to one of the biggest recent movies of all time.
What's more, the film reunites all of the primary components
which helped to make the first film such a success - most notably,
director, Sam Raimi, and stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and
And, in typical sequel style, producer, Laura Ziskin, has already
announced that 'we feel we're making an even better movie than
the first one'.
Whether this is true, remains to be seen, as going off this Summer,
very few of the sequels that were delivered managed to realise
the potential offered by their originals.
Spider-Man 2 is set two years after the mild-mannered Peter Parker
(Maguire) first began struggling with 'the gift and the curse'
of his super-powers, and he is still coming to terms with his
Now in college, the relationships with the people he cares about
most are beginning to crumble, and he wants nothing more than
to reveal his secret identity to Mary Jane (Dunst).
To compound his problems, his friendship with Harry Osborn (Franco)
is placed under threat by Harry's growing hatred of Spider-Man
(who killed his father), and Peter's Aunt May has fallen on hard
And that's not forgetting the presence of his latest foe, Dr
Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina, left), whose appearance is already
creating quite a buzz among film fans.
According to feeback from a recent San Diego Comic Convention,
which saw the unveiling of Doc Ock's impressive big-screen makeover,
the scene in which Molina becomes transformed is amazing.
The scene in question is said to take place just after Dr Octavius'
accident, and opens with him unconscious and face down on an operating
table, with bandages over his eyes.
Two surgeons are then seen discussing how to remove the mechanical
tentacles that have fused with his flesh but, as they prepare
to cut them free using a mini-chainsaw, the tentacles come to
life, smashing the surgeons and the room to pieces.
The scene concludes with one of the tentacles carefully peeling
away the bandages from Octavius' eyes and his anguished scream
as he realises what he has become.
Curiously, Doc Ock was originally to have appeared in the original
movie, but was dropped in favour of expanding the dynamic between
Spider-Man and The Green Goblin.
"We did play around with Doc Ock as part of the first movie,"
admits Ziskin, in an interview with Movie Insider magazine.
"And we all fell in love with the character and the potential
of the character.
"But I think we all knew that if there was going to be a
Spider-Man 2, that Ock was going to be our character."
Adds Avi Arad, Marvel's resident movie producer: "It's a
comination of CGI and puppeteering and effects. It's a movie all
by himself to create this character."
Spider-Man 2 is scheduled for a July 2 release in both here and