Spider-Man 2 (2004)

A masterclass in character study and how to delve into the psychological ramifications of superheroics & your titular hero, along with an uncanny Doc Ock by Alfred Molina and romance escalation with Dunst’s MJ, SM2 is one of the best comic book films ever. 9.2/10.

Plot Synopsis: When a failed nuclear fusion experiment results in an explosion that kills his wife, Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) is transformed into Dr. Octopus, a cyborg with deadly metal tentacles. Doc Ock blames Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) for the accident and seeks revenge. Meanwhile, Spidey’s alter ego, Peter Parker, faces fading powers and self-doubt. Complicating matters are his best friend’s (James Franco) hatred for Spider-Man and his true love’s (Kirsten Dunst) sudden engagement to another man.

Official CLC Score: 9.2/10