The first trailer for Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man”, unveiled in the summer of 2001, saw the web of spider-man trapping robbers between the towers of the World Trade Center. A trailer that will be censored after the September 11 attacks.
In the summer of 2001, Columbia / Sony studios created the event by unveiling the very first trailer for Spider-Man, the first live adventure of the Spider-Man. A trailer which is in fact in the form of a robbery scene seeing the thugs trapped by the web of the superhero between the two towers of the World Trade Center.
A few weeks later, on September 11, 2001, the two New York twin towers, struck by planes, collapsed. Attacks that will influence the promotion of the blockbuster staged by Sam Raimi as well as its final appearance.
Following the destruction of the imposing buildings, symbols of the Big Apple if any, the studio will immediately remove this trailer from circulation, come promotional posters were also withdrawn from the market, with the skyscrapers reflected in Spidey’s eyes. Finally, in the feature film, released in theaters almost a year later, no trace of the two towers, digitally erased.
Was that robbery scene between the World Trade Center buildings a scene from the movie? Or had it been made exclusively for promotional purposes? The answer was never delivered, but the trailer resurfaced a few years ago, to (re) discover at the bottom of this article.
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Sam Raimi will then reunite with Spider-Man in 2004 for Spider-Man 2, a sequel that the 9/11 attacks may have heavily influenced, as the Slate website analysis. Journalist Sam Adams explains that it was the tragic events that would have pushed the filmmaker to further humanize the character and pay tribute to everyday heroes.
This will is particularly affirmed with the scene of the fire, where Peter Parker throws himself into the flames without costume or power to save a little girl. Or that of the skytrain, where it is the New Yorkers themselves who block the sprawling Octopus to protect Spider-Man.
The censored trailer for “Spider-Man” with the towers of the World Trade Center: