- 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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