Spiderman 2 was a widely anticipated movie but many wondered if the sequel could compare to the original that had gathered hundreds of millions of dollars and Oscar nominations. Spiderman 2 was hailed as a much better story that the first movie, much better special effects, and incredible acting and not only did the 2004 sequel also bring in around $800 million in box office receipts but is also got three Academy Award nominations of which it won one Oscar for best visual effects. Tobey Maguire was now a household name and pretty much known forever as Spiderman but when you find out that Spiderman 2 almost didn’t get made the way it did it makes you wonder if the producers realize that you don’t mess with success.
Tobey Maguire put up a bit of a fight before finally reporting for work on Spiderman 2. He had decided that he would rather film the movie Seabiscuit than Spiderman 2 as he did not want to be known as Spiderman, he did not want to be defined by one role. The producers of Spiderman 2 let Maguire make Seabiscuit but told him he needed to report to Spiderman 2 right after filming on Seabiscuit was done. After Seabiscuit Maguire began to complain of an aching back and said he might not be able to make it to the set for Spiderman 2 and asked the producers to wait. The producers, tired of Maguire’s obvious stalling, started production with Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal as Spiderman. Filming was ready to begin without a script when Tobey Maguire decided he did want to be Spiderman after all and reported for work on the set within a few days. So the Spiderman franchise rolled on to the delight of the fans and to the satisfaction of the producers who still wound up with shooting beginning without a script.