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— by Robert Mancini, interviews by Ryan Kroft


For Tobey Maguire, home is where the spandex is.

"It was great putting on the Spider-Man suit again. It was like coming home," Maguire said during a break on the Los Angeles soundstage where he and his colleagues are putting together the eagerly awaited sequel to 2002's "Spider-Man."

 On The Set: Exclusive "Spider-Man 2" Photos
Happy as he may be, home has to be a scary place these days. If it's true that nothing, not even the smallest of actions, occurs in a vacuum, then the crafting of the sequel to one of Hollywood's biggest hits of all time must surely happen in a whirlwind. So, as Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and director Sam Raimi return to the business of making Spider-Man magic, the still-billowing winds of two other major action franchises are undoubtedly whipping through the set.

First "X2: X-Men United" arrived, heralded by many as far superior to its predecessor, and certainly a bigger box-office draw. Then "The Matrix Reloaded" unloaded, bringing a big opening but ultimately a collective shrug from moviegoers, who felt that the second act didn't measure up to the opener. So as the challenge of living up to both fan expectations and business expectations looms over the filming of "Spider-Man 2," those involved are doing everything possible to deliver a tighter, stronger and all-around better film and are finding comfort in the familiar faces and easy feelings that rule the set.

"It's nice because you come back to the same old family," Dunst said of the shoot. "It's like an old hat that you're putting on again. It just feels good, and it's a very mellow, relaxed set. I'm actually having much more fun on this one."

 "It's good to be working on something I'm excited about." — Tobey Maguire
"I really love the script, and I like the team of people who are making the movie," Maguire said. "We get along very well, and it's a great atmosphere. Sam's a very funny guy and fun to work with and also very intelligent and has a great vision for this film. I love working with him, and he sets the tone for the whole set. ... It's good to be working on something I'm excited about."

The cast and crew of "Spider-Man 2" may be one big happy family, but it's one with some major secrets. To maximize the impact of their would-be blockbuster, the cast and crew are keeping details about "Spider-Man 2" under wraps. Cast members have been given personalized scripts with their names emblazoned on each page and are urged to shred discarded pages.

"We're trying to keep as many elements of the story secret as possible because we really want to surprise the audience," Raimi explained. "I want to entertain them on the day [it opens]. I want them to come in and see the movie and not really know anything about it. Nowadays, movie theatrical trailers give away so much and TV commercials give away so much. If there's anything left I can save for the audience to really give them the experience of the movie when they see it, that is what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to save that for them."

Here's what the gang is willing to divulge: it's two years later and Peter Parker is settling into his photography career (when he isn't wall-crawling) while Mary Jane Watson is finding some degree of fame as an actress. Each has grown, but in varying degrees. "She's a much stronger woman in this one," Dunst said of her Mary Jane. "She's, like, independent. She's doing her own thing. And she's waking Peter up in this one because she's becoming a woman and he's still kind of a little boy."




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