In this episode on Spider-Man:

Kris is joined by Tara Kearns, host of There Was An Idea… A Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast, to discuss Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. The ladies discuss how much nostalgia factors into peoples’ love for a movie that doesn’t really hold up. Kris and TK also cover the glaring problems with David Koepp’s jumbled script. And they have plenty to say about Mary Jane Watson and the movie’s abysmal representation of women (and reality in general). Kris & TK also talk about Tobey Maguire & James Franco, both of whom lack the range for their roles. But the two hosts do praise the performances of Willem Dafoe and JK Simmons, the only actors who understood the assignment. 

Spider-Man 2002

Spider-Man falls outside of the MCU proper. It stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Willem Dafoe, JK Simmons, Cliff Robertson, and Rosemary Harris.  

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For more Spidey, check out our episodes on Peter Parker’s MCU trilogy, starting with Spider-Man: Homecoming.

For a retrospective look at the misogyny of the Raimi Trilogy as a whole, check out our blog post.

References in our episode:

Batman Forever was a millennial rite of passage:

Batman succeeded where Spider-Man does not:

Marv didn’t like spiders either:

We prefer George McFly over this Peter Parker:

There are definitely some shades of The Matrix in Spider-Man:

It’s quite a creepy contest between Tobey Maguire & Elijah Wood:

Peter Parker definitely bought the same love goggles as Niles Crane:

We’ll pass on anymore Macho Man Randy Savage:

Harvey Dent had dialogue we could get behind:

Bruce Wayne’s choice resonated much more than Peter Parker’s:

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