Fifth Annual Cosmique Movie Awards


Spider-Man 2

Sacrifice. Destiny. Choice.

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Written by: Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (comic book); Alfred Gough, Miles Miller, and Michael Chabon (screen story); Alvin Sargent (screenplay)

Starring: Tobey Maguire; Kirsten Dunst; James Franco; Alfred Molina; Rosemary Harris; J.K. Simmons

Primary Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy; Action/Adventure; Drama


2004 Cosmique Movie Awards

  • Nominations: 11  

  • Awards: 3


  • Viewers: 71% (10th place)

  • Average Rating: 8.20 (15th place)

  • Weighted Rank: 586 (9th place)


Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), struggling with maintaining his commitments as a young man while battling crime as Spider-Man, tries to give up his heroic identity just as his friend Harry Osborne (James Franco) creates a monster, Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), to avenge his father's death.

At the Fifth Annual Cosmique Movie Awards, Spider-Man 2 earned 11 nominations, making it the most-nominated film of the year.


Additional Nominations


Very often, sequels have a tendency to disappoint. But there are significant exceptions where the sequel can equal and even surpass the original. "Superman 2." "X-Men 2." "The Empire Strikes Back." These sequels benefit from not having to introduce and explain the characters and the world they inhabit, and can instead launch directly into the conflict and the action.

"Spider-Man 2" is one of those great sequels. We already know Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborne, May Parker, and we can immediately pick up where the first film left off. Sam Raimi and the screenwriters masterfully stick to superhero conventions to draw us in (including, at times, seeming to lift elements of the story directly from "Superman 2"), but then break those conventions in sudden, shocking ways that, when I saw it, drew audible gasps of surprise from the audience.

As a film for its genre, "Spider-Man 2" is wonderful. As a sequel, it's brilliant.

"Spider-Man" was a hit with Cosmo voters, receiving five nominations (though "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" shut it out from winning any of them). The sequel faces no Tolkien competition, and I suspect it will surpass the original in both nominations and awards.

My Rating: 8

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