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Spider-Man 2 is a summer movie we can't wait to see

RELEASE DATE June 30

WHY WE CAN'T WAIT The downbeat ending of 2002's ''Spider-Man'' (which earned $400 million at the box office) left us wanting more. Fortunately, principals Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and director Sam Raimi worked quickly to spin a new tale.

THE PREMISE Spidey, a.k.a. Peter Parker (Maguire), has a new enemy: Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina, pictured with Spider-Man), known as Dr. Octopus for the four robotic tentacles fused to his midsection.

SOURCE The recent blockbuster, based on the venerable Marvel Comics superhero saga

THE BACK STORY Maguire almost got himself fired after complaining that his back problems would necessitate a lighter shooting schedule. (His replacement would have been real-life Dunst beau Jake Gyllenhaal.) Says Maguire: ''At first I wasn’t sure about the stunts. There were a lot, and it was pretty complicated. [But] it ended up being not so bad. The harnesses were better, the wires were smoother, and the stunts, I think, were easier.''

BURNING QUESTION Will Dr. Octopus -- evoked with CGI tentacles and a puppeteer-operated, 75-pound apparatus worn by Molina -- look cheesy or convincing?

COME FOR The tangled, eight-limbed embrace of Doc Ock

STAY FOR The tangled, three-legged love triangle of Peter, Mary Jane (Dunst), and MJ's new swain, the dashing astronaut John Jameson (Daniel Gillies) -- yes, that's Spidey hater J. Jonah Jameson's son.

Originally posted Apr 19, 2004
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