Spider-Man has been a frequent topic in the world of movie news in the past six months or so, and with all of the headlines and speculation surrounding the future of Peter Parker, I thought it would be fun to take a look at 10 things you may not have known about the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio almost played Peter Parker
Among others, Leo was courted to play the film's leading man before Sam Raimi and company found Tobey Maguire. Freddie Prince Jr., Heath Ledger, and James Franco were among other notable actors considered to play Peter Parker.
2. The studio didn't want Tobey Maguire but then they saw this awesome screen test
There is not a whole lot to say about this footage, other than the fact that Columbia saw this and decided that Maguire was the man for the job. I think I speak for us all when I say "I get it."
3. Wolverine almost made a cameo
About five years before Marvel Studios announced their expanded universe, Spider-Man and the X-Men almost made the crossover first with a cameo by Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. Unfortunately, Columbia could not obtain the Wolverine costume due to rights issues and as we all know, the crossover never came to fruition.
4. Tobey Maguire actually did this...
Yup, turns out Tobey Maguire is simply a boss. McGuire actually caught all these items as no CGI was used in this scene.
5. Jake Gyllenhaal almost replaced Maguire in Spider-Man 2
During the filming of Seabiscuit, Tobey Maguire injured his back fairly significantly, and his return to the Spider-Man films was in question. During this period of uncertainty, Colombia Pictures carefully considered replacing McGuire with Jake Gyllenhaal. Interestingly enough, Gyllenhaal was dating Spider-Man co-star, Kristen Dunst, around the time the second movie was filming.
6. Nicolas Cage and Robert De Niro were offered the role of Norman Osborne
That's right. These two actors, among others, confirmed that they were both offered the role of Norman Osborne/Green Goblin, but one man's no is another's opportunity, as the role was later offered to and accepted by Willem Defoe.
7. De Niro was considered once again for this villanious role
De Niro may have turned down the role of Norman Osborne for the first film, but that did not stop the studio from screen testing him for the role of Doc Ock, but apparently that did not take either, as the part was offered to and accepted by Alfred Molina.
8. The Jazz Bar Scene took over 2 weeks to film
Say what you will about emo Spider-Man, but this was a fantastic, although extremely cheesy, dance scene. This well choreographed, yet utterly unnecessary scene took over two weeks to film.
9. Venom Was not originally written in Spider-Man 3
Many of you Spider-Man fans may already know this fact, but perhaps you did not know that Raimi's original script included Vulture instead of Venom, with Harry's Green Goblin sprinkled in. The studio wanted Venom to be one of the featured villains in this film and forced Raimi's hand to make the switch. While it is unknown how different these two movies would have actually been, chances are we probably would not have seen Peter Parker doing his Saturday Night Fever strut midway through the film without the Venom character involved.
10. Anne Hathaway was considered to play Black Cat in Spider-Man 4
Black Cat. Catwoman. Close enough. Not much is known about the rumored Spider-Man 4 film that never took shape, but it has been confirmed that Black Cat was a character in at least one of the potential scripts, and the actress the studio wanted was none other than Anne Hathaway.
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