I was watching Spider-Man 2 and I saw Spider-Man falling off the building, trying to shoot his web and failing. I asked myself what was happening.

For all that time, he was doing his “spider job” well and then he suddenly failed with no apparent cause. This makes me curious; Why did his 'spider powers' suddenly start failing?


It's not made clear but in this interview with Sam Raimi (director of Spider-Man 2) he describes the genesis of the power-loss plotline;

“I was thinking about a great issue of Stan Lee’s Spider-Man comic book where he gets the flu. And he, for a time, is really weak. It was so human to me, I thought it was great. This superhero’s got the bug that affects all of us, and just like we all have to go to work when we’re sick and we really don’t know why we’re doing this and how we’re gonna do our job, he had to fight criminals when he had the flu. I thought that was incredibly human, a humanizing thing to have happened to a super hero.

It was a combination of that and a desire to put that into the picture so we could identify with him. I thought that was a unique thing that happened in Stan Lee’s comics ..... That’s where the genesis of the loss of powers came from.”

Although the implication is that in the film his power-loss is largely psychological (the doctor hints Spider-Man's inability to fully make use of his powers comes from a psychological barrier and because of his lack of motivation to remain Spider-Man) the fact remains that the plot-line was inspired by the comic "Spiderman : Unmasked at Last!" where his power loss is actually the result of a flu-like illness.

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It's actually hinted in the movie itself. When Peter was talking to Otto about love, Otto tells him that if he "keeps something complicated as love stored up inside, it's gonna make you sick". His secret love for MJ and him finding out about her engagement is messing with his powers. But when Otto kidnaps MJ after she tells Peter she still loves him, his powers come back.


I believe When Doctor Octopus says the below that’s the reasoning for losing his powers. He had the opportunity to tell MJ how he feels and never did so it makes him sick and makes Spider-Man sick.

You don’t wanna keep love bottled up it’s the most complicated thing and it can make you very sick.

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