Tobey Maguire as the title character in 'Spider-Man 2.'
Albert Molina as Doctor Octopus in 'Spider-Man 2.'
The parade of summer blockbusters continues this week, with the most eagerly awaited sequel of the year. Spider-Man 2 swings onto thousands of screens on Wednesday.
According to NPR's Bob Mondello, the movie's special effects — from web-spinning through Manhattan to the robotically armed Doctor Octopus — only partly explain the movie's appeal. Mondello says that what makes audiences root for Spider-Man is the frazzled charm of the hero's alter-ego, played by Tobey Maguire.