The 10 Greatest Film and TV SuperheroesFrom Superman to the Green Lantern, Peter Travers picks his favorites
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The unlikely superhero that Stan Lee created at Marvel Comics in 1962 makes a perfect fit for actor Tobey Maguire in this 2002 movie blockbuster. He builds a real character out of the sketch that is Peter Parker, an orphan from Queens, New York, whose life changes dramatically when a mutant spider bites him and he starts climbing walls. Peter testing his powers with small skips and jumps until he is leaping across rooftops defines director Sam Raimi's style: slow build, huge payoff. The 2004 sequel is every bit as good.