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Did you remember Bryce Dallas Howard is in “Spider-Man 3”?

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  • A number of big stars had small roles and appearances in the “Spider-Man” films you may not recall.
  • Ahead of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” hitting theaters, Insider rounded up cameos you may have missed.
  • Comedian Aidy Bryant and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sara Ramirez starred in small roles in the films.

Joe Manganiello’s feature film debut was in 2002’s “Spider-Man” as Flash Thompson.

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Joe Manganiello as Flash Thompson in “Spider-Man.”

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If you’re rewatching the Tobey Maguire-era “Spider-Man” films for the first time in years, you may have forgotten that the “True Blood” star first appeared on the big screen as Peter Parker’s high school bully.

Octavia Spencer appeared at the wrestling event Peter competes in to try and win cash for a car.

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You can spot Octavia Spencer 37 minutes into the original “Spider-Man.”

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The Academy Award winner had a small cameo in 2002’s “Spider-Man” as the “check-in girl” letting people into the wrestling match. 

In the scene, Spencer’s character tries to warn him about entering into the match and proceeds to tell him that they’re not responsible for any injuries he sustains.

Randy Savage went up against Peter Parker in the ring.

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Randy Savage plays Bone Saw in “Spider-Man.”

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Savage played a fictional wrestler named Bone Saw McGraw who gets outsmarted by Peter in the ring.

Before “Grey’s Anatomy,” Sara Ramirez played a police officer in “Spider-Man.”

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Sara Ramirez played the “cop at carjacking” in “Spider-Man.”

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Ramirez was the NYPD officer who told Peter to “stay back” when he noticed his Uncle Ben on the ground. 

The actress later starred on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” for a decade as Dr. Callie Torres.

Elizabeth Banks plays J. Jonah Jameson’s assistant in the first “Spider-Man” trilogy.

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Elizabeth Banks can be seen an hour and two minutes into “Spider-Man.”

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Banks appeared as Betty Brant, who was fond of Peter and always telling Jameson that his wife was on the line. 

In “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” Betty is played by Angourie Rice.

Director Sam Raimi’s brother, Ted, also appeared in all three of his “Spider-Man” films.

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Hoffman works at the Daily Bugle.

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Like Banks, Ted Raimi also worked for J. Jonah Jameson as Hoffman, the newsroom employee who Jameson steals all of his good ideas from.

Lucy Lawless is a bit unrecognizable as a punk-rock girl who’s into Spider-Man.

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Lucy Lawless can be spotted 55 minutes into “Spider-Man.”

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Lawless is best-known for her role as Xena on the hit ’90s show of the same name, which was developed in part by director Sam Raimi.

In a brief scene roughly halfway through “Spider-Man,” she says, “Guy with eight hands? Sounds hot.”

Singer Macy Gray appeared as herself.

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Macy Gray appeared in “Spider-Man.”

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In the film, she performs during the World Unity Festival, which gets interrupted when the Green Goblin shows up to ruin the day.

Bruce Campbell also appeared in all three Raimi films and is usually a bit of a menace to Peter.

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All three of Bruce Campbell’s “Spider-Man” cameos.

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Campbell is a friend of Raimi’s who collaborated with him on “The Evil Dead” franchise. 

In the first “Spider-Man” film, he played the ring announcer who gives Spider-Man his superhero name.

In “Spider-Man 2,” he was the usher who won’t let him into the theater to watch Mary Jane’s performance. Finally, in “Spider-Man 3,” Campbell played the maître d’ who initially gives Peter a tough time at a fancy restaurant but later tries to help Peter propose to Mary Jane.

Emily Deschanel was the receptionist Peter delivers pizza to at the start of “Spider-Man 2.”

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Emily Deschanel is seen during the start of “Spider-Man 2.”

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In the scene, Peter delivers an order late, and the receptionist refuses to pay for the food, citing the pizza joint’s 29-minute delivery guarantee.

Emily Deschanel later starred in the TV series “Bones,” which ran for 12 seasons.

Daniel Dae Kim played Doctor Octavius’ assistant in “Spider-Man 2.”

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Daniel Dae Kim can be spotted 36 minutes into the film.

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Before “Lost,” Daniel Dae Kim played a scientist named Raymond, who helped oversee the tritium experiment that went terribly wrong during an Oscorp presentation.

Bryce Dallas Howard played Gwen Stacy in “Spider-Man 3” who plants a kiss on Spider-Man.

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Bryce Dallas Howard in “Spider-Man 3.”

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Peter Parker’s overly flirtatious friendship with his lab partner Gwen causes a rupture in his relationship with Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). (It doesn’t help when Peter encourages a kiss between Gwen and Spidey at a public event where MJ was watching.)

Peter later dances with Gwen in front of MJ to try and make her jealous. When Gwen discovers Peter was using her, she wants nothing to do with him.

“Saturday Night Live” star Aidy Bryant appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

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Aidy Bryant was unrecognizable in green face paint. She appears 21 minutes into the film.

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The “SNL” comedian appeared briefly as the “Statue of Liberty lady” during a montage of Spidey saving NYC.

BJ Novak played Max Dillion’s boss, Alistair Smythe, at Oscorp.

BJ Novak in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

“The Office” star played Alistair Smythe.

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Smythe asked Max to work late on his birthday, leading to the accident that turned him into the villain Electro.

In the comics, Smythe becomes a villain called the Ultimate Spider-Slayer.

Felicity Jones played Harry Osborn’s secretary, Felicia Hardy.

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Felicia can be seen 38 minutes into “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

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In the comics, Hardy becomes the burglar Black Cat. 

That never came to fruition, but Jones has previously said she’d “love” to play the role again, as recently as January 2021 during a conversation with Collider.

“Santa Clarita Diet” star Skyler Gisondo was one of Gwen Stacy’s younger brothers.

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Skyler Gisondo can be seen 16 minutes into “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

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If Gwen Stacy’s younger brother, Howard, looked familiar, it’s because he appeared in a number of series and films, including Netflix’s zombie comedy, “Santa Clarita Diet,” and Olivia Wilde’s “Booksmart.”

He currently stars in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza.”

Jennifer Connelly is the voice of Karen, Peter Parker’s AI, in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

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Real life couple Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly are the team behind the A.I. suit voices for Jarvis and Karen in the MCU.

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This is a nice Easter egg since Connelly’s husband Paul Bettany voiced the AI in Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit, Jarvis, before becoming the superhero Vision.

Stark provided Parker with his suit.

Bonus: Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee appeared in six of the seven live-action “Spider-Man” movies.

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Stan Lee appeared in six of the seven “Spider-Man” films before his death in 2018. Here he is in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

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In the Tobey Maguire trilogy, Lee was a surprised bystander and a man dodging falling debris in the first two films before having a brief convo with Spidey in his third appearance as the hero.

In “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Lee played a librarian, oblivious to a fight occurring behind him. In the next film, he was seen as a graduation guest who says he knows Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield).

In “Spider-Man: Homecoming” he played Gary, a man yelling out a window at Tom Holland’s Spidey.

You can see all of Stan Lee’s Marvel cameos here.

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