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Spider-Man: No Way Home is out now and is experiencing a successful box office run.
Spider-Man’s future has been solidified in the MCU and a sequel has already been green-lit, but will Tom Holland be the Spider-Man of the future? That’s a question that can’t be answered now, so as fans await what’s next for the web slinging hero, let’s rank every Spider-Man movie from best to worst.
Spider-Man 2 is widely considered to be the best Spider-man movie, and the movie that helped pave the way for future superhero movies.
Spider-Man 2 has all the elements one would want in a superhero movie. He battles self-doubt and the stress of being a hero while living in a one bedroom apartment he can’t even afford; his best-friend hates him, the love of his life is marrying an astronaut, his aunt is getting evicted, and some mad scientist with 8 tentacles is trying to kill him. On top of all of that, he is still just a kid trying to make his way through college.
In the Raimi Spider-Man movies, Raimi does a very good job of exploring the hardships Peter Parker/Spider-Man goes through. In Spider-Man 2, Raimi makes Peter Parker a character fans could all sympathize with; he’s a hero, but in reality he’s just a man with limitations.
In Spider-Man 2, we see what being a hero does to someone. Peter doesn’t want “great responsibility.” He wants a normal life.
In Spider-Man 2, he goes from being a hero to quitting the responsibility of being Spider-Man only to be dragged back into the role of a hero. In 2 hours, viewers see Peter sacrifice everything, almost losing everyone close to him, and still has to go head-to-head with Dr. Octopus.
Spider-Man 2 also has the best villain in the Raimi trilogy. Alfred Molina plays Doc Ock and gives the performance of his life. He made the modern day villain what it is. He loses the love of his life, and at the same time, he loses control of his own life. Raimi brought out the best in each of his characters, and Doc Ock is the prime example.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the most daring and risky Spider-Man movie ever.
Into the Spider-Verse could have completely missed the mark, but it did just the opposite. Into the Spider-Verse was action-packed, funny, and visually stunning. All of the characters and all the major plot points are perfect.
This movie somehow made snobby movie critics appreciate Peter Porker, a version of Spider-Man in an alternate universe that was bitten by a radioactive pig.
All of the characters fill their role perfectly like a team coached by Phil Jackson. They all know what they have to do, and they get it done. Into the Spider-Verse introduced Miles Morales to the world in a big way, and even Tom Holland, the MCU’s current Spider-Man actor, has suggested that Miles Morales could take over as the main Spider-Man going forward.
I was initially hesitant to see the movie because I thought I would hate the animation style, but I was 100% wrong. The animation style was great. It was so good, in fact, that the movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
I was also excited to see Kingpin finally introduced. The creative team at SONY has endless opportunities going forward, and I wonder what direction they decide to go in….
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Spider-Man: No Way Home is the latest installment in the current MCU series, and is either one of the most satisfying conclusions to a Spider-Man character arc or the most intriguing character introduction in Spider-Man history.
We’ve now had 3 Tom Holland Spider-Man movies, and it’s unclear whether he will play Spider-Man moving forward, which is unfortunate because the movie ends with him taking on the responsibility Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man took on at the end of the first Spider-Man movie in 2002.
At the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Peter rents an apartment in the city and decides to be Spider-Man full-time. I would say now is a bad time to stop playing Spider-Man because fans now have a connection with the Tom Holland version, and fans wouldn’t have to be re-introduced to another Spider-Man for the fourth time in 20 years.
Spider-Man: No Way Home checks every box imaginable. The reintegration of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield was surprisingly smooth, and the chemistry between the three was amazing. The action scenes were terrific, the overall acting was great, the characters felt authentic, and the multiverse aspect brings forth so many new possibilites.
Will Tom Holland continue to be Spider-Man? Will Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man storylines get picked up for a 3rd and 4th movie? And what role will Tom Hardy’s Venom play in the future?
The original Spider-Man will always be considered a classic in the MCU, even if SONY was the company releasing the movie.
When the movie came out in 2002, it was a revelation. Fans left the movie thinking, “A superhero can face more than one problem at a time. Shocking!” Okay, maybe that was just what my dad thought of the movie when I just asked him, but you know what I mean.
The casting in this movie sets the tone for the entire trilogy, and the sometimes somber, sometimes funny tone is right in Sam Raimi’s wheelhouse.
Getting Willem Dafoe to play Green Goblin was brilliant, and the guy who was in Pleasantville was pretty good too. Spider-Man caught Kirsten Dunst and James Franco at the perfect time as well, and J.K. Simmons as the fast talking J. Jonah Jameson was Alec Burks-esque as best heat check guy.
Also quick side-note, Jameson not giving up Peter Parker as Spider-Man’s photographer when the Green Goblin was choking him was darn right decent of him.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention Randy Savage gave an Oscar worthy performance as Bone Saw. “BONE SAW IS READY!”
The original Spider-Man set the bar for superhero movies in the 21st century, and you have to respect the movie for that at the least.
Spider-Man: Homecoming was the first film made entirely by the MCU and was the first stand-alone movie for the Tom Holland Spider-Man. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is more affable than the first two. He takes a more comedic, light approach rather than the darker approach taken by Maguire and Garfield.
Spider-Man: Homecoming was more of a popcorn flick than a serious movie. Diehard fans of the comics were disappointed that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was completely unrecognizable, and more importantly, there was no J.K. Simmons.
I was a fan of the movie, but Homecoming was a low stakes crowd-pleaser that didn’t spend enough time developing the villain of the movie: the Vulture.
Kevin Feige obviously knew what direction he wanted to take the MCU’s Spider-Man, but this movie did nothing but introduce who the new Spider-Man was.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Spider-Man: Far From Home is the second stand-alone film in the Tom Holland franchise and is another relatively fun movie.
The first half of Far From Home gets some criticism for being slow, but I think this was the first MCU Spider-Man movie that gave time for the villain to become himself.
The positives of the film are its humor, the acting, and the mid-credits scene. The negatives of the film are its low stakes (until the mid-credits scene), the lack of drama, and the criticism the movie faced for “cleaning up” the mess after Avengers: Endgame.
Jake Gyllenhaal played a great Mysterio, but the entire time fans knew Spider-Man would overcome a not so powerful villain. The mid-credits scene was the highlight of the movie and set-up Spider-Man: No Way Home.
That’s all this movie really was: a fun set-up to Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Andrew Garfield may not be the best Spider-Man or have the best Spider-Man movies, but at least No Way Home allowed him to have some closure. The Amazing Spider-Man was the best of the two Andrew Garfield movies, and even the first one wasn’t great.
For whatever reason, SONY decided to start from scratch rather than pick up from where the Raimi trilogy ended.
Making Peter Parker an edgy teenager was also a poor choice because in every comic book series, Peter Parker is a nerd in high school.
The action scenes and the chemistry between Garfield and Stone are the highlight of The Amazing Spider-Man, but the decision to start from the beginning wasted the first 40 minutes of the movie. The “with great power comes great responsibility” quote was also muffed.
Also, Dennis Leary as the Captain of the NYPD? C’mon.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets a lot of hate, and rightfully so.
The movie is too simple for its long runtime, the script is decent at best, Electro is a weak villain, and the ending is a cliff hanger.
I mentioned before that of the three Spider-Men, Andrew Garfield is the best actor, and thank God he is. If Garfield wasn’t a decent actor, they would’ve had to recast his part in No Way Home.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fell flat on so many levels and completely wasted many opportunities. The action scenes and the chemistry are, again, the best parts of the movie. Other than that, the movie sucked.
Harry Osborn’s storyline had a lot of plot holes, The Gentleman was teased in the first one and mis-utilized in the second, and Electro sucked as a villain.
Did the director realize he had three Oscar-nominated actors at his disposal? Garfield was later nominated for Hacksaw Ridge but gave a great performance in the best movie of the 2010s (The Social Network), Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for Ray, and Stone has been nominated three times, winning once for La La Land. Three great actors and all three of them were mis-used.
The only re-watchable, or should I say un-rewatchable, scene is when Garfield deals with Stacy’s death and his battle with depression and disowning his responsibility as Spider-Man.
The Amazing Spider-Man series was misguided to say the least, but because of Garfield’s performance in No Way Home, maybe we will see The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
Spider-Man 3 is so stupid I can’t believe I have to write about it.
Flint Marko somehow ends up being the one that killed Uncle Ben. Flint Marko became Sandman, the use of Venom, Harry Osborn’s character arc, the dancing montage were all trash.
I won’t rag on Spider-Man 3 that much because Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire have publicly expressed their disapproval of the film because SONY took complete creative control away from Raimi.
If the director can’t make the movie he wants to make, how can it be good? Sony threw away a great franchise because they thought they knew best.
Like Garfield’s Spider-Man, at least Maguire got a satisfying conclusion in No Way Home.