Podcast: Spider-Man 2 (2004) and The Menu (2022)

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In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films that both hit problems with one of their lead roles…

2004’s Spider-Man 2 is (rightly) regarded as one of the finest superhero films, and that’s impressive in itself given the tight turnaround that Sony wanted on the film. However, just weeks before filming was about to begin, there was even sizeable doubt that its leading man would be returning.

2022’s The Menu meanwhile did have to change things around, having originally been set up in 2019 with a different director and a different star in one of its lead roles. And when it did come back together, there were serious doubts about whether people were even going out to the cinema to watch films like it too…

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