Peter is thrilled when Harry introduces him to brilliant scientist, Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), the subject of a science paper Peter has written. Harry is backing Octaviuss radical experiments with fusion as a source of energy, but during a demonstration of the scientists work, something goes horribly wrong. Octaviuss loving wife, Rosalie (Donna Murphy) is killed and he is transformed into a multi-tentacled maniac with murder and destruction on his mind that appears to be ruled by the deadly appendages. Soon, the Daily Bugle dubs him Dock Ock.
Just as this new super villain goes on the rampage, Peter is re-evaluating the direction of his life and decides to give up his role as super hero for a normal life - hopefully one that includes Mary Jane.
Things dont go quite as planned and Peter realises his destiny. Recovering his trashed Spider-Man outfit, the super hero returns to the streets to fight the bad guys. In the meantime, Harry, still seeking revenge for his father, has promised to supply Doc Ock with what he needs to resume his experiments if he delivers Spider-Man to him.
Although Peter/Spider-Mans efforts to balance his double life cause him considerable angst and the film gives much consideration to relationship and character development, it is also chock-a-block with exhilarating, flat-out action, making it as good, if not better, than the first movie. Theres a rip-roaring sequence on board a runaway train, a breathless, dizzying rescue of Aunt May from the tentacles of Doc Ock high atop the city streets and an explosive climax - just to name a few of the highlights. The performances are tops all round - with Molina creating a great villain in the Doc - and there are also a couple of surprising plot turns before the final credits roll, setting up the groundwork for what could be a very interesting third chapter.