Fans marvel at Spider-Man 2

Comic book hero grasps viewers’ imaginations for second helping of big-screen magic.
Thursday, July 1, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:54 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

For Tonya Lovett, Spider-Man 2 has it all — a bit of drama, a dash of romance, and a heavy helping of web-slinging action.

“It really was a good movie,” said Lovett, who attended a matinee showing of the new film, which was released Wednesday, with her husband Perry and their four children. “It had a love story for me and action for him, and of course, the kids loved it.”

Hollywood Stadium Theater, which is showing the two-hour-and-seven-minute movie on three of its 14 screens, sold out its midnight showing, said assistant manager Hayley McMurtrey. Evening showings are expected to sell out through Friday, McMurtrey said.

The first Spider-Man movie, which was released in 2002, brought in $114.8 million in its opening weekend and $403.7 million domestically, making it the biggest superhero movie ever.

Spider-Man 3 is slated to be released in May 2007.

Some excited moviegoers planned in advance for the latest release.

Skander Yalaoui bought tickets two days in advance for a group of 14 friends, some of whom drove from St. Louis and Illinois to see the movie together.

“We’re really into the Spider-Man movies,” said Yalaoui, an MU medical student. “One great thing about this one is that Doc Ock (the villain) looks just like the original in the comic, which is awesome.”

Spider-Man comic books, which are distributed by Marvel Comics, sell pretty steadily throughout the year, said Rita Hastings, a co-manager at Rock Bottom Comics. Hastings said that while the Spider-Man franchise has always been popular, the movies help increase sales of the comics.

“There are some die-hard Spider-Man fans that really know this stuff,” Hastings said.

Andrea Kanevsky, co-manager of Rock Bottom, said she had not seen the new film yet, but has heard it is more faithful to the comic book series than the first Spider-Man movie.

“There are some very fussy people who can point out any differences (between the original comic and the movie) and take pleasure in tearing it apart,” Kanevsky said.

Perry Lovett said he and his two sons, Perry, 3, and Max, 2, have been preparing for the new release for weeks now by watching the first Spider-Man movie and the cartoons.

“The story line was really good,” Lovett said, “and it followed what I remember of the comic.”

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