Summary: The Amazing Spider Man
In Queens, New York City, scientist Richard Parker is playing hide-and-seek with his young son, Peter Benjamin Parker, when he discovers that his study has been broken into. After quickly gathering some top-secretly hidden documents, Richard and his wife Mariam “Mary” Parker leave Peter with his Auntie Mayabelle “May” Parker and Uncle Benjamin “Ben” Parker, then mysteriously depart without telling Peter where they are going.
Years later, the teenage Peter Parker has become an alienated, shy, and distressed social outcast with little knowledge of his parents. He attends Midtown Secondary College of Science and Technology, where he pines for his crush, Gwendoline Maxine “Gwen” Stacy, while being bullied on a regular basis by the obnoxious, stressful, and mean sports player and school bully, Eugene “Flash” Thompson.At home, Peter finds a briefcase containing some of his father’s old documents and learns, after investigating and researching, that his father worked with fellow one-armed scientist Professor Curtis C. Connors at a pharmaceutical science company named Oscorp. Faking his way into the Oscorp building by pretending to be an intern, Peter sneaks into a mysteriously dark laboratory where an extremely strong “bio-cable” is being created from experimental genetically altered and modified spiders.
One of the spiders escapes from its container and hungrily bites Peter on the neck. On the subway ride home, Peter scuffles with a gang of thugs and discovers that he suddenly has increased agility and strength, probably a side-effect of the spider’s bite. Upon returning home, he finds the spider hiding in his jacket and stores it away. The next day, Peter goes to Dr. Connors’s house and gives him Richard Parker’s documents, revealing himself to be his son. Dr. Connors explains that he and Richard were researching cross-species genetics in order to find a way to re-grow lost limbs, with Dr. Connors’s being motivated by the loss of his own right arm, which he’d lost during a war. Dr. Connors is frustrated because his superior, Dr. Rajit Ratha, is pressuring him to devise a cure for Oscorp’s CEO and founder, Professor Norman Virgil Osborn, who is terminally ill.
Back at school, Peter plays tricks on Flash using his newly found abilities, but gets in trouble after accidentally breaking a basketball hoop during the game with Flash. Uncle Ben is forced to work a second shift to meet with Principal Phillip Coulson about the situation. Afterward, Uncle Ben asks Peter to pick up Aunt May, but Peter instead practises his new spider-like superpowers and meets with Dr. Connors at Oscorp, who shows him how the limb-regeneration formula works on a laboratory mouse. When Peter returns home, Uncle Ben scolds him for having forgotten to pick up Aunt May, reminding him that Richard believed that people should always make their responsibilities their priority. A distraught Peter storms off. He goes to a store to buy milk, but falls two cents short and is refused service by the store clerk. Suddenly, a criminal named Dennis Carradine (who has a star tattoo on his wrist) robs the store, and Peter doesn’t do anything to stop him. Uncle Ben, who was searching for Peter, sees the thief running away and wrestles with him over a gun.
The thief shoots Uncle Ben right in front of Peter and runs off. Shortly after the attack, Peter acquires a police sketch of Dennis the Murderer and uses his abilities to hunt down criminals matching the killer’s description. After attacking a man who fits the description, he is chased by a gang and falls inside an abandoned gym, where a lurched wrestling poster inspires him to create a mask. Later on, he adds a skintight morph-onesie superhero spandex suit for mobility and suddenly becomes a folk hero who the public refers to as’ Spider-Man.’ The police, led by Gwen’s father, Captain George Stacy, soon begin a manhunt for the masked vigilante. Meanwhile, Dr. Ratha fires Dr. Connors for refusing to immediately start human trials of the limb-regeneration formula. He takes a sample of the drug and plans to test it at a Veterans Administration hospital under the guise of flu shots. Dr. Connors becomes desperate and injects himself with the formula, passing out.
Upon awakening, he finds his lost arm has fully regenerated. However, he then mutates into a large, reptilian lizard-like monster and chases Dr. Ratha across the Williamsburg Bridge, throwing cars over the side as he rampages. Spider-Man saves each fallen car with the bio-cable homemade web, which he deploys from wrist-mounted “Web-Shooters” of his own invention that he made out of watches. With a great deal of difficulty, he also manages to save the life of a young boy trapped in a car that has fallen from the bridge and that Spider-Man is holding suspended in midair through the bio-cable webbing. Spider-Man then confronts the Lizard in the sewers, barely escaping alive.
Unfortunately, Peter leaves behind a camera he used to expose the Lizard’s intentions—a camera inscribed with his name. The Lizard finds it and learns Spider-Man’s real identity. He attacks Peter at school and plans to unleash the drug all over Manhattan to mutate all humans into lizards using a cloud-generating device at Oscorp Tower, unaware that Gwen is there making an antidote for the condition at Peter’s request.
The police mobilise to stop both him and Spider-Man, but are delayed when the Lizard infects officers with small doses of the chemical. Captain Stacy learns Spider-Man’s real identity after removing his mask and allows him to go stop Connors while proceeding to the tower himself after Peter mentions that Gwen is there making the antidote. However, during the manhunt, Spider-Man was wounded by a police bullet and was having difficulty swinging from building to building to reach Oscorp Tower. After Captain Stacy retrieves the antidote from Gwen and arrives to save Spider-Man, who was being overpowered, the two of them fight together to delay the Lizard while Spider-Man modifies the machine to disperse the antidote instead, restoring the humanity of Connors and the infected officers, and allowing him to save Peter from a fatal fall from the tower. Unfortunately, the lizard mortally wounded Captain Stacy by scratching him with his giant claws.
Before he dies of his sliced wounds, Stacy makes Peter promise to keep Gwen safe by staying away from her. Peter initially does so, staying out of sight at Captain Stacy’s funeral, which offends Gwen. She confronts him at his house, and he doesn’t talk about it, but Gwen is no fool; she realises his reasons. Arriving late to class back in school, Peter is told by a teacher to “not make promises he can’t keep.” But Peter leans forward and whispers to Gwen, “But those are the best kinds.” She smiles, and it is implied that the two resume their relationship. With his first challenge surmounted, Peter officially takes to the streets as a proper hero. In a post-credits scene, Dr. Connors is sitting in a prison cell speaking with a mysterious man (presumably Norman Osborn). The man inquires about Dr. Connors’s divulging information about Peter’s father, but Dr. Connors tells the man to leave Peter alone, and the scene abruptly ends with a flash of lightning.