It’s always a nice touch when superhero movies remember to honor their comic book origins. With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 now in theaters, we thought we’d see how well Sam Raimi and Marc Webb’s Spider-Man movies fare in that department.
Here are a few examples of how they stayed true to the comics they’re based on.
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1. Spider-Man: “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”
No Spider-Man story should be without Stan Lee’s most enduring line from Spidey’s first appearance – even if it’s become slightly more succinct over the years.
2. Spider-Man: The Thief Who Gets Away
A fleeing thief, a pursuing cop, and an indifferent Spider-Man. Raimi’s movie perfectly mirrors the moment in the comics that changes Peter Parker’s life forever – right down to the extremely blond hair of the criminal Peter lets escape.
3. Spider-Man: J. Jonah Jameson
You couldn’t ask for a better depiction of J. Jonah Jameson – courtesy of J. K. Simmons with a cigar shoved in his mouth and a flattop haircut plopped on his head.
4. Spider-Man: The Death of the Green Goblin
The movie’s Green Goblin can’t escape his comic counterpart’s fate: a failed attempt on Spidey’s life leaves Gobie shish kebabed by his own glider.
5. Spider-Man 2: No More
One of the comics’ most iconic (and oft imitated) images, which finds Spider-Man defeated by a garbage can, is lovingly re-created in the movie.
6. Spider-Man 2: Heavy Lifting
“This is really heavy,” says Spider-Man as he struggles to hold up a heavy structure in a shot that recalls a moment in the comics where the depths of Webhead’s strength is tested for the first time.
7. Spider-Man 3: The Sandman
Raimi’s the Sandman not only blesses us with the most loyal re-creation of a villain’s striped look from the comic. We get a faithful panel re-creation that illustrates the hardest part of fighting Flint Marko: how do you punch sand?
8. Spider-Man 3: A Symbiote, a Church Bell and the Origins of Venom
Spider-Man 3 fumbles a lot when it comes to Venom (and, well, everything), but it gets at least two things right: how Spidey discovers a way to rid himself of the clingy symbiote, and how the suit finds its way to a church-visiting Eddie Brock.
9. The Amazing Spider-Man: Spider-Man Makes Web Shooters
Marc Webb’s reboot reverses Sam Raimi’s decision to have Spider-Man’s webs be organic goop spurting out from his wrists. Instead, Webb stays true to the comic: uber-scientist Peter Parker uses his book smarts to build himself mechanical web shooters.
10. The Amazing Spider-Man: Spider-Man Sewing His Costume
A perpetual DIY-er in the comics, Peter was always having to repair his torn and ripped Spidey outfit. The Amazing Spider-Man carries that over by letting us see Andrew Garfield’s Peter Pintresting his own suit.
11. The Amazing Spider-Man: King of the Lizards
It’s a small, but cute touch: the little lizards drawn to Curt Connors in his more scaly state recalls how, in the comics, the Lizard always liked to party with his fellow reptiles.
12. The Amazing Spider-Man: The Death of Captain Stacy
In both comic and film, Captain Stacy dies by Spider-Man/Peter Parker’s side. And in both cases, a promise to protect his daughter – Gwen Stacy – is made.
13. The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Death of Gwen Stacy
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man may honor the location of one of comics’ most famous deaths, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets everything else pretty dead-on. The Green Goblin. Gwen Stacy’s outfit. Most of all: Spider-Man being not only unable to save his girlfriend, but being partly at fault for how she dies.
14. The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Sinister (Three Out of) Six
We all know a Sinister Six movie is coming, so it’s no surprise that the arms and legs of classic Spider-Man villains Doc Ock and Vulture make an appearance in the film. Add Electro, the movie’s big bad, and you’ve already got yourself half of the original Sinister Six from the comics.
15. The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2: The Athletic Spider-Man
Marc Webb’s movies love showing Spider-Man in a variety of Cirque du Soleil worthy web-slinging poses. Poses that recall the nimble contortions Webhead demonstrated, in particular, through a lot of Todd McFarlane’s run on the comic book series.
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