I wrote previously about how the X-Men trilogy started good with “X-Men”, got awesome with “X2”, and then went off the rails with “Last Stand”. If only X-Men had served as a warning to other trilogies that would follow. Alas, the Spider-Man franchise looked at the burning dumpster fire of “Last Stand” and thought... “Yeah, let’s do that.”
Spider-Man 2 follows on the success of the first installment. Tobey Macguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, and JK Simmons are all back, along with Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus. Sam Raimi is back to direct, keeping up his tone from the previous film.
Spider-Man came about in that pre-MCU time when there wasn't a lot of clarity about what a comic book movie is supposed to be.