7 Scenes Introducing A Superhero That Completely Nailed It
7. Spider-Man In Spider-Man (2002)
The Spider-Man origin story is a classic, and the adaptation of it in Sam Raimi's take on the web-slinger played a key part in the rampant popularity of Spider-Man in the cinema. Spider-Man decides to use his new-found powers to his own ends, answering an open challenge by pro wrestler Bonesaw (memorably portrayed by the late, great 'Macho Man' Randy Savage) and setting in motion a series of events that will unwittingly cause the death of his beloved Uncle Ben. Having been cheated out of the money he earns by wrestling Bonesaw by a sleazy promoter, Spidey allows said promoter to be preyed upon by a petty thief in an act of immature revenge. Unfortunately for him, the thief goes on to carjack and kill Uncle Ben, prompting Spider-Man to chase the thief through the streets of New York City to an abandoned warehouse, where he allows the thief to fall to his death upon realizing that it's the very man that he allowed to rob the promoter. The whole sequence combines bombastic action both in the wrestling ring and the chase with character beats that define the Spider-Man character and his heroic intentions. Spider-Man kicked off the era of superhero movies as huge box office draws, and the impact of this sequence contributed a lot to the movie's great resonance with audiences - truly an impressive combination of action and character.