Spider-Man 2

Trivia: Dr. Curt Connors, Peter's one-armed teacher in the film, is the man who will later become The Lizard, one of Spider-Man's longest running enemies.

Trivia: When J. Jonah Jameson is thinking of a name for Octavius, Hoffman shouts out "Dr. Strange" and JJJ says "Already taken." Dr. Strange is another Marvel hero who lives in New York. Director Sam Raimi would later go on to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness after original director Scott Derrickson stepped down.

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Trivia: In the scene where Peter drops his books on the college grounds and bends down to pick them up, a black bag comes by and smacks Peter in the face. The person carrying the bag is director Sam Raimi.

Trivia: When Peter hits the ground after failing to clear the building, he gets up and complains about his back hurting. Tobey Maguire (Peter) almost didn't reprise his role as Spider-Man because of a back problem.

Trivia: In the hospital scene when Doc Ock's mechanical arms are attacking the surgeons, there is a scene where the camera cuts to a surgeon raising the chainsaw in the air. That scene looks a lot like the scene from "Evil Dead 2" (1993) where the camera does the same thing when Ash grabs the chainsaw to cut off his hand. Another Sam Raimi film.

Trivia: The shot where Peter dumps the Spider-Man costume in the trash and walks away is a direct copy of a frame from the comic issue entitled "Spider-Man No More." This page was pencilled by one of the longest running creator's of Spider-Man John Romita Snr.

Trivia: The annoying usher that doesn't let Peter into the theater to see Mary Jane's play is none other than Bruce Campbell, who makes a cameo/stars in most of Sam Raimi's movies. He was also the ring announcer in the first movie.

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Trivia: Peter's landlord is Mr. Ditkovitch. Steve Ditko was the co-creator of Spider-man.

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Trivia: Spider-Man creator Stan Lee makes his standard cameo appearance for this film when Spider-Man and Doc Ock are fighting on the side of the building. The first shot of the street during the fight shows a woman being pushed out of the way as some debris falls; the man pushing her is Lee.

Trivia: In one scene after Spider-Man has lost his powers, he catches a ride on an elevator. On one floor, a young man gets on and comments about Peter's "great Spidey costume". Peter says he made it himself, it itches, and rides up in the crotch, causing a strange look from the young man. The young man was Hal Sparks, who plays Michael Novotny on the US version of "Queer As Folk". Michael's a gay comic book store owner and diehard fan (and walking encyclopedia) of the whole superhero genre.

Trivia: When Spider-Man sets the pizzas on the balcony, we see a man try to steal a piece. This man is Scott Spiegel. Spiegel has appeared in almost all of Sam Raimi's films, including The Evil Dead, Darkman, and the first Spider-Man.

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Trivia: Sam Raimi brings his trademark Oldsmobile (which appears in all his films bar "The Quick and the Dead", for obvious reasons) back for Spidey 2. It makes a number of guest appearances at Aunt May's house.

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Trivia: The first film was shot in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. However, they decided to shoot this sequel in the wider 2.35:1. Reportedly, the reason for the change was that director Sam Raimi felt that it would be better to accommodate Doc Ock's tentacles with the wider frame.

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Trivia: In the scene right after Doc Ock's foiled bank robbery, where he, Spidey, and Aunt May climb around on the building side, the actors - including 76 year old Rosemary Harris - actually were hanging from the building, secured by wires.

Trivia: The Joe's pizza place where Peter works is a real and famous place in New York.

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Trivia: The pic of Spidey on Harry's desk is very similar to the one seen on the cover of the first Spider-Man comic.

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Plot hole: Harry tells Doc Ock that in order to find Spider-Man he must find Peter first. Doc Ock finds Peter with Mary Jane in the cafe and throws a car through the window straight at them, then later throws Peter against a brick wall. Any normal person would've been killed instantly (or very badly injured), and Doc Ock doesn't yet know that Peter is Spider-Man. Given that Peter is his only lead on Spider-Man, it makes no sense that Doc Ock would try to kill him.

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Suggested correction: Doc Ock is being controlled by the arms. They aren't behaving rationally.

Creating a series of silly explanations for obvious plot holes never resolves them. These arms were not behaving irrationally. In many scenes they were shown to be very intelligent. A good example is the scene where they attack doctors who try to remove them from Doc Ock's body. Saying that they weren't behaving rationally is absurd.

He may not have been trying to kill Peter, he could've been trying to make more of a scene of his entry, so Peter would take him more seriously and tell him where Spider-Man was. He could've been thinking of it as a risk of killing Peter though, but his arms made him go crazy.

This is only a theory. Theories never resolve mistakes.

It's not a theory. When Otto is first giving his demonstration to everybody at his apartment, a woman asks if the advanced AI for the tentacles would make him susceptible to being controlled. Otto says that yes it would so he shows everybody the inhibitor chip that he designed so he would not fall under its control. After the inhibitor chip gets destroyed, it's seen that the tentacles have not only taken control of his mind by forcing him to commit crimes, but have slowly driven him insane.

This scene is much too confusing for many people. This entry is correct. This is a mistake.

If these tentacles wanted him to finish the experiment then they wouldn't make him kill the person who has valuable information for him.

The arms are influencing his thoughts but not controlling every part of him. Doc Ock still seems to have control when defending himself but they seem to work in tandem with Ock. The only time they work on their own is when he under anesthetic. As we don't see him before he throws the car, we can only speculate the arms were trying to hurt Peter by themselves.

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It's a cool scene regardless man.

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Question: How did Harry know where Doc Ock was later located, when Peter asks him for instructions on how to find him and save MJ?

Answer: Unless there is is a deleted scene to shed light on the issue, then it's not really addressed in the movie. It's possible that Doc Ock and Harry had a second meeting that took place off-screen in which Ock revealed to Harry where his hideout was, but as there's nothing really to go on, it's anyone's guess and it's reasonable to consider it a plot hole.

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