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‘Spider-Man 2’ trailer to hit the Web

Fans can get their first glimpse of the trailer Dec 15 on Yahoo
/ Source: Reuters

Where is the first place movie fans will see the new “Spider-Man 2” movie spinning its crime-fighting web? The Web, of course.Columbia Pictures, the movie studio behind the top-grossing film of 2002, Thursday said it has set the worldwide debut of the upcoming movie’s promotional trailer for Monday, Dec. 15 at 12:01 ET on Internet service Yahoo!The trailer can be seen in 13 countries on the Internet in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.In recent years, the Internet has become a major marketing tool for Hollywood’s studios because so many movie fans surf the Net for the latest in movie news.In many cases, like the “Lord of the Rings” movies or independent hit “The Blair Witch Project,” Web promotion has been a huge boost for a movie’s box office. However for some films, like last summer’s “The Hulk,” negative buzz on the Net has hurt a movie.“Spider-Man,” which starred Tobey Maguire as the emotionally conflicted crime-buster, sold a record $114 million worth of tickets in its debut weekend in May 2002 and grossed $820 million at global box offices, according to Columbia Pictures.“Spider-Man 2” is set to hit theaters in summer, 2004.In the sequel, Maguire returns as Peter Parker, who sheds his cloak as a college student by day to don the red-and-blue suit of Spider-Man. It brings in a new nemesis, Otto Octavius, portrayed by Alfred Molina.Also returning are director Sam Raimi, Kirsten Dunst as Parker’s love interest, Mary Jane Watson, and James Franco playing his best friend, Harry Osborn.Columbia Pictures is a unit of Sony Corp.’s Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Spider-Man is a Marvel comic book hero owned by Marvel Enterprises Inc.