First Spider-Man 2 Image Released

Attendees of Comic-Con Int’l in San Diego California got a special treat over the weekend as Columbia Pictures released the first image from the highly anticipated sequel Spider-Man 2. The image reveals the look of the web slinger’s newest nemesis, Doc Ock, an octopus-like villain played by Frida‘s Alfred Molina.

In Spider-Man 2, Tobey Maguire returns as mild-mannered college student Peter Parker, who juggles the books with his secret life as a superhuman crime fighter and his all-consuming crush on the lovely Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Things get even more complicated when the human arachnid crosses paths with brilliant scientist Dr. Otto Octavius (Molina), who is reincarnated as a baddie with mechanical tentacles.

Director Sam Raimi (the Evil Dead trilogy, A Simple Plan) is back at the helm for this second installment, reuniting with producers Laura Ziskin and Marvel’s Avi Arad. Spider-Man 2 will be released worldwide on July 2, 2004.