Spiderman... It started with a kiss

Story by Jack Foley

EVERY great romantic couple share at least one memorable on-screen kiss, be it DiCaprio and Winslet on the deck of the Titanic or Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr on the beach in From Here to Eternity.

Even superheroes get in on the act, as the will they/won’t they romance between Clark Kent and Louis Lane, or even Batman and Vicki Vale, so often adds to the allure of the proceedings.

Spiderman is no exception and when that moment finally arrives, it becomes one of the movie’s most memorable sequences.

Tobey Maguire, star of the film, has confessed that the kiss is his favourite scene in the movie because it comes across as ‘sexy, sweet and romantic’, enabling audiences to see the ‘character within the superhero as he gets vulnerable with somebody’.

(Spoiler warning): The kiss occurs after Spiderman has rescued Mary Jane from muggers for the second time and only a few moments after Peter Parker has attempted to confess his feelings for her.

In typically Sam Raimi style, it is far from conventional, which adds to the moment’s allure. Spiderman is hanging upside down in the rain, while a soaked-through Dunst is trying to come to terms with what has just happened.

The two exchange brief words and then Mary Jane peels down Spiderman’s mask to kiss him on the mouth, without revealing any more of his features. She then leaves the superhero to his own devices, refusing to take the opportunity to discover the true identity of the man behind the mask.
Th sequence is sure to become an audience favourite, but the logistics of it made it somewhat less romantic to film.

Maguire confesses that it was tough to do, even though he is impressed with the results, given that he was suspended upside down with the water pouring down his face - and up his nose.

"I couldn’t breathe out of my mouth," he said, "so I had to hold my breath while kissing her."

To get by, the actor would sneak breaths out of the corner of his mouth but he still had time to enjoy it.

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