Before we had big-screen showings for Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, and certainly before we had Andrew Garfield and the upcoming adventures of Spider-teen, there was Sony’s Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire.
Due to the scope of what Marvel Studios has accomplished, the prestige of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, the Spidey reboot, and the upcoming re-re-boot, people forget that the first Spider-Man movie was actually pretty groundbreaking when it was released back in 2002. Many felt the same about Spider-Man 2 in 2004 and all seemed right with the world before the franchise hit a roadblock after someone decided to assemble the unholy trinity that was Eric Foreman as Venom, the Sandman, and Peter Parker’s evil bangs for Spider-Man 3. The bad of the franchise doesn’t outweigh the good, though, and with anticipation growing that the next Spider-Man actor could be announced in the relatively near future and with all this Marvelness going on this weekend thanks to the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it seemed like a good time to take a look back at some of the best lines from the original Spider-Man trilogy. And given that Spider-Man is known to be the king of mid-battle banter, picking the best was pretty tough.
“Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I’m Spider-Man.” — Peter Parker
One of the most iconic lines in the history of comic book movies, right there. It pretty much has to make an appearance in any of the character’s movies, television shows, and storylines.
“Go web! Fly! Up, up and away web! Shazaam! Go! Go! Go web, go! …Tally ho!” — Spider-Man
It was good to know that Peter Parker didn’t just instinctively know how to shoot his webs. Watching his learning curve was both endearing and hilarious as he tried anything that came to mind.
“Godspeed, Spider-Man… Oh Peter, don’t tell Harry.” — Norman Osborne
Willem Dafoe;s best moment as the Green Goblin came when he finally took that damned mask off and was able to act with some expression. Too bad for him, Harry eventually found out and didn’t take it all that well. Also, Dafoe’s alternate takes on the Green Goblin’s death are pretty great too.
“I’ll be here when you get back…” — Cop
“I’m not coming back, chief.” — Spider-Man
“Go! Go!” — Cop
Spider-Man has always had a love-hate relationship with the local authorities. They’ve gone from treating him as a necessary evil, to a trusted ally, and back to somewhere in the middle. This was an early example of what would go on to be a cyclical relationship for the web-slinger.
“The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout, Down came the Goblin and took the spider out!
This is so much better and more menacing than having a naked, fluorescent Jamie Foxx playing the same song by turning New York City’s electric grid into a deadly electric guitar.
“Nice to have a fan…” — Spider-Man
“Do I get to say thank you this time?” — Mary Jane
The moment everyone remembers about this movie: Spider-Man hanging upside down as he kisses Mary Jane Watson with his face half-revealed.