Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst
Director: Sam Raimi
Written By: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Producers: Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, Ian Bryce

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Spider-Man 1 Plot and Pictures

Next week we will have an exclusive competition based on this much-hyped film Entangled in a web of litigation for most of the 1990s, which resulted in the departure of James Cameron who was paid £2 million in 1991 to write and direct the film, Spider-Man had an long spell in development hell.

Following on from its huge success at UK box-offices, the video and DVD releases also broke various sales records. brings you the plot for the superhero flick to beat all superhero flicks. In case you are one of the last remaining people in teh UK who has yet to see the film, don't worry: we don't give away the ending of the movie! Click on any of the pictures to see them in full size.

Orphaned at an early age, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) lives in Queens, New York with his beloved Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) and Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson). Peter leads the life of a normal student, working as a photographer at the Daily Bugle under the tutelage of publisher J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons), pining after the beautiful Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and hanging out with his mate Harry Osborn (James Franco).

We are not just hyping Spider-Man because  his costume is red and blue, the same colour as our logo and the Union Jack - but it does help! ;) On a school trip, during which Peter and his classmates are given a science demonstration on spiders, Peter is bitten by a genetically altered spider. Soon after, he discovers that he has unusual powers: he is endowed with the strength and agility of a spider along with a keen, ESP-like "spider-sense." After discovering these powers, Peter appears in a televised wrestling match and, armed with his new spider strength, wins the match in record time. But the wrestling match promoter refuses to award Peter the $3,000 prize money, alleging that Peter won too quickly. Soon afterwards, Peter has the opportunity to catch a burglar fleeing from the promoter's office, but because he wants revenge, he refuses to stop him. Moments later, the same burglar kills his beloved Uncle Ben.

As Spider-Man, Peter apprehends the burglar but is plagued with guilt for not being a hero sooner. During his time of turmoil, Peter remembers something Uncle Ben once told him: "With great power, comes great responsibility." Peter takes this to heart and decides to use his extraordinary powers to fight crime.

Meanwhile, megalomaniacal businessman Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe), Harry's father, is undergoing some changes of his own. An experimental formula has blown up in his face, increasing his intelligence and strength but also driving him insane. He is now the Green Goblin, Spider-Man's arch-enemy, who will put young Peter Parker's vow to fight crime and help innocent people to the ultimate test.

Who/what has Spidey rescued? Click here for a larger version of the pic. Spider-Man saves the day! Now if only he would replace Tony Blair... Related Links:

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