Hi, I'm Lauren Zima for About.com, and today, we're taking a look at an overview of the role of the web slinger, aka Spidey, Spider-Man on the big screen. Spider-Man StorySpider-Man centers around a character named Peter Parker, an orphaned teenaged boy being raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Up until Spidey's creation, most teen superheroes were sidekicks, not main characters. Parker's character outside of his superhero role, dealt with many of the issues teenagers usually deal with. In 1985, Marvel sold off the comic book rights to make a Spider-Man movie, and those rights went through several hands before ending up with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Spidey on the Big ScreenSony has made Spider-Man the subject of four different filmmaking endeavors. The first three of which were a sort of trilogy, directed by Sam Raimi: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3, released in 2002, 2004 and 2007 respectively. Tobey Maguire starred as a young Peter Parker, coming of age successively in each ensuing film. Along the way, he battled the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, the Sandman, and Venom. Those three films combined to earn $2.5 billion at the box office, the eighth highest grossing franchise ever. They have also been released, in 2012, on Blue-ray DVD. Spider-Man RebootedThe fourth film, The Amazing Spider-Man, took a bit of a turn, with Maguire being replaced in the leading role by Andrew Garfield. The director of the fourth movie was Marc Webb. The writing was a bit edgier and more contemporary. The fourth movie was released in 3D and IMAX 3D in 2012. Originally intended to be the fourth and final of the series, it instead is considered somewhat of a reboot of the series. Sony announced another Spiderman in The Amazing Spider-Man movie, and it is likely that there will be more movies to come. The fourth film garnered more than $750 million at the box office, signifying a great interest in the ongoing adventures of the web spinner. And that's a brief look at Spider-Man at the movies. For more information, be sure to check out About.com.