Over the course of his storied 40-year career, Spider-Man has had no greater adventure then that which brings him to local theaters this summer in the form of a live-action, CG-effects spectacular. Need more proof? Then just look at the toll the project has taken on director Sam Raimi the battle-fatigued filmmaker overseeing the character's big-screen debut.
"Ever since I was a little kid, I loved Spider-Man," said Raimi in the summer of 2000, nearly two years to the day before the film's scheduled unveiling. "My older brother, who was the smartest guy I knew, was reading him and for some reason was enamored of these comics. I finally put down my SUPERMAN and BATMAN comics and took a look at one of them. Then I understood why. The writers, Stan Lee primarily, got into the character of Peter Parker. He's a real human being. He's not from the planet Krypton. He's not some mutant. He's one of us who wins the spider lottery. He becomes this super-powered person, but he still has the everyday troubles that we all experience when he's not in the outfit. That makes him interesting and accessible. It's really a film director's dream to make a picture like SPIDER-MAN."