15 Mind-Blowing Facts About Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy
3. A Security Guard Stole Spider-Man's Costume
In one of the most iconic moments in Sam Raimi's trilogy, Peter Parker ditches his costume in a garbage can and leaves his Spider-Man identity behind (in another bit of trivia for you, the alleyway that happened in was supposed to be the same one in which he and Mary Jane shared a kiss in the first movie). That scene recreated the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #50, but the hobo who finds it and later offers it to J. Jonah Jameson was a nod to a very strange incident on set. During the first movie's production, four of Spider-Man's costumes were mysteriously stolen. As you might imagine, they weren't cheap to make (each one was valued at $50,000) and their disappearance nearly threw the movie into chaos, so Sony went ahead and offered a $25,000 reward for their return. An 18 month investigation followed, and the suits were ultimately tracked down to New York, Los Angeles...and Japan! The culprit was a security guard who had worked on Spider-Man for a brief spell, and after he and a friend were arrested for the theft, it was discovered that this wasn't the first time he had nabbed a superhero's costume. The thief was also responsible for stealing a Batman costume worth $150,000 while working a security job on the Warner Bros. lot. The costumes were all eventually returned to the studios they hailed from and this security guard went straight to jail.