Trivia: In the wrestling scene when Peter has just gotten up the stairs to see the wrestling match (before he signs up) the announcer announces the next fighter to fight Bone Saw. The fighters name is The Flying Dutchman which is the title of one of the old Spider-Man TV shows involving Mysterio. (00:36:00)
Trivia: Subliminal product placement? During the Thanksgiving dinner scene, as Peter clings to his bedroom ceiling, a drop of blood gathers on his arm. The sound of the blood falling and hitting the floor sounded a lot like the famous ketchup splat from the Carl's Jr. TV ads. No guesses as to which fast food chain features Spider-Man toys with its children's meals. (01:23:00)
Trivia: Hugh Jackman was going to have a cameo as Wolverine, but it was scrapped because they couldn't find the costume from X-Men. "We really tried to get me to come on and do something, whether it was a gag or just to walk through the shot or something. The problem was, we couldn't find the suit. And so when they were in New York when I was there, we couldn't get it together."
Trivia: In addition to his brother Ted playing the supporting role of Hoffman, director Sam Raimi's other brother Ivan and his family appeared as extras in the background at the beginning of the film, though they aren't visible as they are out of focus in the distance. Ivan is a screenwriter who often works with Sam, and in addition to a co-writing credit "Spider-Man 3", also did uncredited re-writes on both this film and "Spider-Man 2."
Trivia: Director Sam Raimi was an enormous "Spider-Man" comic-book fan growing up. Such a huge fan, his parents even hired a local artist to paint him a Spider-Man mural on his bedroom wall as a childhood birthday present. Producer Avi Arad stated that, in addition to Raimi's fun, quirky directorial style, part of the reason he was hired was due to his lifelong love of the character.
Trivia: Screenwriter David Koepp originally intended for the film to feature Gwen Stacey, whom he planned on killing off in the second film. However, as the script progressed, it was decided that Stacey would be left out in favor of Mary Jane Watson, whom is Peter Parker's main love interest in the comics.
Trivia: When Marvel was going through bankruptcy in the late 90's, they gave Sony the opportunity to purchase the film rights to their entire catalogue of available characters for $25 million. Sony declined, thinking no-one cared about Marvel's other characters, and settled on just purchasing the rights to Spider-Man and his supporting characters for $10 million.