Cut to 2003, after the first Spider-Man took in $821 million at the worldwide box office. Columbia Pictures was so high on that movie that they reportedly greenlit the sequel a full month before the first one debuted with a $114 million opening weekend. That left Maguire and his representatives at The Gersh Agency in a prime position to negotiate a proper paycheck for his second outing as the webslinger with $17 million up front. Unfortunately, some major inside baseball issues surrounding Maguire nearly led to a seismic shakeup of the entire franchise.
\"I was told by someone, I don't know who, some manager or agent or representative, that his back was in such a state that if it got injured anymore, it could maybe lead to paralysis,\" Sam Raimi recalled to the Los Angeles Daily News. \"At that moment, I said to myself, 'I can't be irresponsible. I can't make a movie about responsibility and then grab this kid and make him do stunts where he's going to be paralyzed. And I can't compromise the movie.'\"
On September 13, 2019, during the Halloween Horror Nights red carpet at Universal Studios Hollywood, Dan Aykroyd commented the movie \"feeds beautifully into the first two stories and hands it off to the next generation\" and Ivan Reitman revealed Paul Rudd's character is a seismologist who goes to a small town experiencing mysterious earthquakes and teaches summer school there. 153554b96e