Film Theory: The Spiderman 2 Mystery! Why Spiderman Lost His Powers!

Film Theory: The Spiderman 2 Mystery! Why Spiderman Lost His Powers!

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We’ve seen a lot of Spider-Man lately. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and soon Spider-Man: Far From Home. Before that we saw Andrew Garfield slinging webs with Emma Stone for a couple movies, but I want you to think FURTHER back. That’s right, I’m talking Tobey Maguire Spider-Man.
Remember how at the end of his first movie EVERYTHING had gone wrong? Norman Osborn – the Green Goblin – was gone, his best friend was fatherless, Uncle Ben did what all Uncle Ben’s do, etc.. It was all very sad. In Spider-Man 2, we see a Spider-Man without his powers. I want to talk about WHY he lost his powers. What made our friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man just plain, old Peter Parker?

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57 Responses

  1. rahmat mousavi says:

    ahhh the cringe in that intro. typical matpat lol

  2. Laver J. says:


  3. Andandampersand says:

    As someone who’s learning that all of my parents traumatized me is understanding why I must say that I connect very deeply to this episode. Thank you so much matpat for the added insight for issues like this, and for exposing me to more ways of thinking. Its been a very emotionally challenging 19 years. =n= also thanks for telling me what I.T.P is because I have been practicing it firsthand these past few months. Its a huge relief to hear you say these things I feel like I’m going to cry.

  4. TaipeiJoey101 says:

    You know, I’m something of a theorist myself.

  5. Ella Kneale says:

    ArE yOu GoNnA dAtE mY aUnT!?!

  6. TheCager 100 says:

    It’s rewind time 3:19

  7. Michael Mello says:

    William Dafoe is by far the best thing about that trilogy

  8. Roberto Blake says:

    You made me want to rewatch these file as well as CinemaSins…

  9. Rahul sama says:

    What the hell is deal with that background music? Did anyone else heard it?2:54

  10. Subscribe To Me For No Reason says:

    For once my childhood is improved and not brutally murdered

  11. Mary Delgado says:

    First hey what’s up second its obvious he can control his powers thanks to emotion.

    Example: Happiness or Anger.

    YOU: But then how he got to use is powers if he was sad.

    I-I think you just answer that.

    BUT… HEY this is not a reference to this intro….IS NOT.

  12. The Sketchy Animator【スケツチーアニメター】 says:

    Actually, it was explained in the movie. Peter loses his powers from self-doubt and losing his purpose. And as Dr.Octavius says “If you keep something as complicated as love stored up inside its gonna make you sick.” He struggles throughout the movie with a choice to be Spider-Man and take responsibility, or live the easy life and getting the girl. And he chooses the easy life, and this makes his powers take a back seat. He chooses this after discussing his “dream” with the doctor, and the doctor explaining that maybe he shouldn’t be Spider-Man. He doesn’t take back the mantle of the wall-crawler until Aunt May’s speech, there’s a hero in all of us; and after he saves a little girl from a burning building, but fails to save someone else. Then he realizes he has to take responsibility and be Spider-Man. And when jumped off of the roof to test his powers again, it doesn’t immediately kick in, but the moment he needs to save the life of the woman he loves; his power kicks back into overdrive. And I think this is a good explanation of why he lost his powers, that is explained in the movie itself. 🙂 (I enjoyed the intro btw)

    • MUI SSB4 Brandon says:

      +Just an Ordinary Critic he even mentioned the doctor that told him that

    • Just an Ordinary Critic says:

      I mean, what do we honestly expect from Matt, a guy who seems to only be able to make half baked theory’s that are easily debunk able.

    • Just an Ordinary Critic says:

      I really hope MagnaKamen does a video on this video.

    • Perseus Shrestha says:

      Cool but what I want to add is his body was going through changes because of the bite of genetically designed super spider. May be his transition was not complete yet.

    • Just an Ordinary Critic says:

      Personally I think that’s very unlikely. If his transition from human to spider human was not complete yet then he wouldn’t have spider powers.

  13. Gary Aulakh says:

    Awesome video!!! I see Tobey Maguries Spider-Man in the the thumbnail, I click.

  14. Fury says:

    The actor for norman osborn is in aquaman

  15. OurTube says:


  16. Austin Wiser says:

    Spider-Man. You forgot the hyphen. But at least you credited the film you were analyzing without Toby Fox having to chime in …

  17. GreatnessGamers says:

    before I say anything, I’m not hating on the video, I’m just curious. okay? now then, onto the comment.

    Yes, you’ve properly diagnosed peter with PTSD, and showed the connection between peter’s mental health and his control over his powers, but you haven’t shown WHY this happens. can you do a part 2 or just another video about this explaining WHY and HOW his mental stability influences his control over his powers?

    • Christopher Goruloski says:

      GreatnessGamers I think in the video he explains having PTSD effects people physically, which for him weakens the spider Gene, but I’d like to see more Tobey theories


    If Spider-man Could only have Discover BetterHelp Earlier.

  19. Kohdai says:

    11:07 The self care he needs shows a tissue box

  20. MouthedQuark says:

    Dude I think matpat just taught me I have ptsd.

    • madestmadhatter says:

      Unlikely but not improbable, knowing nothing about you I can’t say for sure if you have had such a dramatic experience in your life or if your just very easily influenced by the media around you, what I can say is that if you believe your mental health is negatively affecting your daily life then you should seek out a mental health professional and see if there’s anything that can be done about it.

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