Ethan Jiu / Staff reporter 

Spider-man 2, an action movie directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire, was released to the public on June 30, 2004.

The movie was welcomed by fans of the original Spider-man, and acts as a building block for modern Marvel movies such as Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. Spider-man 2 has also won many awards such as the Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and the Teens Choice Award for Choice Movie of the Summer. The movie has been commonly praised for its visual effects at the time and was also the movie that helped Raimi win the Saturn Award for Best Director.

In many superhero movies, the plot can get hindered by the need to tell an original story and an explanation of the superhero. Part of Spider-man 2’s success was due to the fact that, “it wasn’t hampered by the need to have to do an original story,” and, “could now go further, deeper and darker into the plot,” said Scott Findley, English teacher. Although the movie was filmed 15 years ago at the time of writing, it still has a presence in the film industry today.  

A great example of the more modern impacts of Spider-man 2 would be the films, Spider-man Homecoming and Spider-man Far from Home, starring Tom Holland. Both films continued the running theme of Spider-man looking for a fatherly figure, which were represented by Iron man and Mysterio respectively. Another trait that both movies still carry is, “[the] very lighthearted and upbeat tone,” explained Carter Newson, grade 10.

The movie’s main villain is Doctor Octopus and as Findley explains, Doctor Octopus was the first villain that wasn’t in control of what he was doing, unlike most villains at the time where they would just be a “great evil force” that does evil things for the sake of being evil. These changes were very new and innovative at the time, and led to the creation of more complex villains like Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War and Killmonger from Black Panther, who both had arguably good intentions which made for a much more interesting story. 

Even though time has brought the movie industry newer technologies and graphical improvements, some things are best kept the way they are.