With Spider-Man: No Path Home go out, the Internet debated the final classification of Spider Man movie theater. Everyone has a favorite actor for the role or a vision for their ideal portrayal of Spider-Man. Well, here at What To Watch, our Spidey senses have been looking forward to the new movie as well. And as die-hard fans of the web wallcrawler, we were eager to throw our list into the mix.
REMARK: For this list, we will only consider the solo Spider Man movies where Spider-Man is the protagonist. It means crossover movies like Captain America: Civil War, Avengers Infinity War, Where Avengers Endgame, or spin-offs like Venom will not be considered. ** ALSO THERE WILL BE SPOILERS TO COME **
Without further ado, here’s our list, ranked from worst to best!
8. “The Incredible Spider-Man 2” (2014)
The Incredible Spider-Man 2 is a mess. He plunges back into that horrible cheese of Batman and robin that almost killed comic book movies in 1997. Clip from Jamie Foxx’s exaggerated film “Look!” I’m a Nerd “interpretation of Max Dillon (it’s like watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory to understand how to play a nerd), with the cartoonish Russian accent of Paul Giamatti as a rhino, webbed in his boxers, the film is a wreck of outdated camp choices that have nothing to do with the post-Black Knight comic book movies of the time. Add in the inflated attempts to put together a Sinister Six movie and a forced bastard take on the Death of Gwen Stacy script, and you’ve got a muddled-tone movie, it’s clearly the product of producers Amy Pascal and Avi Arad’s lack of understanding of what comic book movies should be these days.
7. ‘Spider-Man 3’ (2007)
Speaking of over-stuffed cheese, Spider-Man 3 suffers from horribly executed scenes like Peter Parker’s infamous strut down the street and his worthy jazz club dance scene, which fit more comfortably into The mask than Raimi’s first two Spidey films. It also features a completely serialized amnesia storyline for James Franco’s Harry, a silly and unnecessary comeback for the murder of Uncle Ben, and the misguided first attempt to bring Venom to the big screen via Topher Grace, of all actors. Maguire’s performance is a failure. Dunst and Franco’s performances are phoned. And although the climax is Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman, the movie never gives him anything to do other than mope over “Penny, his sick daughter” over and over again!
6. “The Incredible Spider-Man” (2012)
Andrew Garfield’s first outing was not that great. Presented as “the untold story”, it was simply a retreading of the same story with different rhythms. The only difference was that Peter Parker was a duskemo skater looking. There is literally a silly 3 minute scene of Peter emo skating on Coldplay for no reason. Garfield is misinterpreted as Peter Parker, who really shouldn’t be a handsome skateboarder yelling at his uncle Ben, or ripping shirts off women on the subway, while beating up guys trying to defend her (which also happens) in this film ). More missteps from producers who just don’t understand the character and his appeal.
5. “Spider-Man” (2002)
There is a gap between sub-par Spider Man movies and coupons. And to kick off this “good half” is the iconic film that started it all, that of Raimi Spider-Man (2002). Maguire was the perfect choice to pull off the good boy, science nerd from the early days of the Lee / Ditko comics, even though his turn as Spider-Man wasn’t quite as sharp. Watching him fight with Willem Dafoe’s exceptional Norman Osbourne was thrilling. Jameson by JK Simmons was perfect. And, organic webshooters aside, this was one of the most loyal superhero movies to hit the screen. Let’s also not forget that he won one of the most iconic kisses in the history of cinema.
4. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (2019)
Spider-Man: Far From Home, is a film well done. Taking root firmly in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, Far from home explores themes of inheritance and, like all Spider Man the films do, the responsibility. Holland is still lovely, as always. Jake Gyllenhaal is masterful as smarmy crook Quentin Beck, and the film’s halfway twist was inspired. And watching Holland go through the trippy, bizarre and terrifying illusion sequences was thrilling. It is at least on par with, no less than its predecessor, which …
3. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2019)
While Garfield was a good Spider-Man / bad Peter Parker, and Maguire was a great Peter Parker / average Spider-Man, Tom Holland is the perfect balance of the two roles! There is an infectious “Michael J. Fox” charm that makes him the perfect man, and that’s exactly what Peter Parker / Spider-Man was meant to be! Holland’s first solo outing in the MCU captures that spirit far more than his predecessors. In fact, the struggles of being an ordinary man are exactly the subject of this movie! Holland’s Spidey is matched by stellar Michael Keaton, also playing an ordinary man in Adrian Toomes / Vulture. And Peter’s decision at the end to keep his feet on the ground and help the little guy is precisely a message Stan Lee would have applauded.
2. “Spider-Man 2” (2004)
However, if there’s only one Spidey live-action movie that sums up the struggles of being an ordinary man AND a superhero, it’s Raimi’s. Spider-man 2. Peter’s appeal as a character was that he wasn’t a billionaire when he took off the mask. He was a poor student / photographer who struggled to keep the lights on. We feel for Peter because we know and see how difficult it is to be Spider-Man, but also to be human. We also get Alfred Molina’s brilliant Doc Ock – perhaps the friendliest comic book villain on screen. But the real prize has always been the phenomenal action, from the bank battle to the train sequence – one of the best action scenes in a comic book movie ever.
1. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018)
While Far from home addressed the idea of inheritance, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse blew this idea out of the water in a beautiful way. It is a magnificent sight. However, the real appeal lies in its endearing characters; Miles Morales with a pure but imperfect heart and a disillusioned Peter B. Parker. The arc of Miles, from a kid forced to become a hero he’s not ready to be, to the best successor to Spider-Man’s job is one of the best superhero movie arcs to ever be. this day. And the heartbreaking relationship he has with his uncle, Aaron Davis, and his own father are magnificent. A nearly flawless film and a classic in both the superhero and animation genres.