Spider-Man is a 2002 superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. The film is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Willem Dafoe. Maguire plays Peter Parker, a high school student who is bitten by a genetically altered spider. After misusing his newly given abilities, which cause the death of his Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson), he becomes the heroic Spider-Man. Peter hopes to win the heart of Mary Jane Watson (Dunst), the girl he has loved since he was a boy, and battles the villainous Green Goblin (Dafoe), whom he is unaware is the father of his best friend, Harry Osborn (James Franco).