Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:15:17 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Spider-Man's 50th anniversary

Spidey finally makes the big screen (2002)

Spider-Man (© Moviestore Collection / Rex Features)
  • Five decades of web-slinging action! (© AP Photo/Marvel)
  • First appearance (1962) (© Solent News / Rex Features;)
  • Spider-Man comics (© Getty Images/Dan Kitwood;)
  • Ralph Bakshi (© SNAP / Rex Features;)
  • Nicholas Hammond (© CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
  • Spider-Man animation (© Moviestore Collection / Rex Features)
  • Spider-Man (© Moviestore Collection / Rex Features)
  • Spider-Man 2 (© Rex Features)
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After failed attempts by Cannon Films in the mid-eighties and an abandoned James Cameron treatment in the nineties, Spidey finally made it to the big screen in 2002 with self-proclaimed comic book fan Sam Raimi directing. The Cider House Rules actor Tobey Maguire was cast as Peter Parker, with Kirsten Dunst as his love interest Mary Jane Watson. In the film, Spider-Man did battle with Willem Dafoe's freakish Green Goblin.