It took 156 takes to get this ‘Spider-Man’ scene right

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  • Tobey Maguire’s skill at catching falling food Spider Man It took 156 real takes to get the cafeteria scene right.

  • Sam Raimi’s commitment to practical effects over CGI led to the 16-hour shooting of this iconic film Spider Man Scene.

  • Despite a grueling 16-hour shoot, the Spider-Man tray scene remains a memorable moment showcasing Peter’s powers and Raimi’s creative vision.

Although fellow Marvel alumni the X-Men defeated the web-slinger on the silver screen two years later in 2002, Sam Raimi‘S Spider Man Finally bringing the hugely popular Marvel character to life on the big screen. Raimi’s epic film remains a cornerstone of superhero cinema, and really kicked the current golden age of superhero movies into high gear. In one of the film’s many memorable scenes, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) gets his powers. It takes place in the school cafeteria and begins with Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) Slipping on some spilled juice. Peter not only stops Mary Jane from falling to the ground but catches all the food he flew on the tray As they fall back down. One would assume that this amazing feat was the result of some impressive CGI, but that was not the case. That was all Tobey Maguire! And it only took 156 takes.

Spider-Man (2002)

After being bitten by a genetically modified spider, a shy teen gains spider-like abilities which he uses as a masked superhero to fight injustice and confront a vengeful enemy.

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3 May 2002


121 minutes

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Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, David Koepp

Sam Raimi argues with Sony over ‘Spider-Man’ scene

Unconfirmed reports indicate that they were going to make it Spider Man The scene was shot digitally, until someone came up with the idea of ​​standing over the camera and dropping all the stuff, hoping it would land correctly. It may have been Raimi or another crew member, but regardless, Raimi didn’t need any convincing, he was naturally insistent on performing the stunt. The studio, Sony, was less than impressed with the idea. Nevertheless, Raimi and company accepted the challenge. On the DVD commentary of the film, Kirsten Dunst will go on record Commenting on the only bit of “trickery” involved in the shot, he said, “By the way, no CGI, it’s all Toby, which is pretty impressive. They used sticky glue things to stick his hand to the tray. ” There are no records to tell how close they came to success for any of the first 155, nor to tell if there were any successful takes that were ruined by the awe and glee of the moment. it will take pain 16 hours Before finally achieving his goal during take number 156.


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In those 16 hours, Raimi was engaged in a fight with Sony Consideration is going on whether this scene should be kept in the film or not. Allegedly, Sony felt the scene was too time consuming, and requires a lot of resources to get right. But Raimi stuck to his guns, unwilling to see a painstaking 16-hour marathon shoot go to waste. Watching the film now, it’s certainly hard to argue with Raimi’s choice. The CGI would not have done the scene justice, and although the CGI effects used were fantastic for the time, there are some questionable visual effects scattered throughout the film that have not aged well. However, it is unlikely that Sony will admit that they were wrong.

Sam Raimi’s multiple takes for the ‘Spider-Man’ tray scene were worth it

Sam Raimi, Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire on the set of Spider-Man

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It’s amazing that Sam Raimi gave the cast and crew 16 hours straight for one scene, but the most amazing part of it is that there aren’t many (or any) complaints from the cast and crew. Glad they found it, yes. Surprised they got it? Absolutely. But angry? Not so much. and why is that? Because Sam Raimi has shown time and again that his faith in practical effects is well-founded.

He elevated his iconic 1981 horror the evil Dead In a low budget by just using those effects in creative ways. For example, his famous “ramie zoom,” was achieved by driving a camera attached to a two-by-four through the woods and using makeup and prosthetics to bring the film’s deadites to, um, life. In doing so, they revolutionized the horror genre, Bringing a wealth of camera tricks and a spectacular quality that is absent in today’s CGI-heavy features. It’s that tangible quality that makes it Spider Man The tray scene is very memorable. Every object that falls on the tray is given proper balance and weight, not something that can be easily caught, especially not in 2002. One only has to watch the 2002 companion film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones for comparison. When CGI is used to make characters jump from one bucket to another in the Geonosian droid factory, there’s nothing that makes it look real. There’s nothing that gives the impression that there’s heaviness there, weight that will shake or tip the buckets in a way that makes it realistic. As a result, the CGI is disappointingly dated in retrospect.

This ‘Spider-Man’ tray scene was important to Peter and Mary Jane

in tray view Spider ManAside from taking a surprising amount of time to get right, it’s a memorable moment from a game-changing film. However, its significance to the film and the entire franchise goes deeper than it first appears. This scene is actually Mary Jane’s first time sees Peter Parker, and notices that he is much more than he seems on the outside. it’s almost the same Mary Jane is being introduced to the brand new Peter, highlights a relationship that grows over the course of Raimi’s trilogy. This scene proves that Raimi has an extraordinary creative vision, and leaves no doubt why he would be so determined to get it right.

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