Spider-Man Movies Ranked

Spider-Man was always one of my favorite superheros when I was a little kid along with Iron Man. But when the first Sam Raimi film came out, I had since “grown out” of such things, and didn’t really care all that much, despite all the buzz going around my peers. It wasn’t until my uncle gave me a copy of that movie that I fell in love with the web crawler far more than I ever have, and have now actively paid attention to the movies ever since.

So here I am today, fresh off of seeing the latest Spider-Man: No Way Home, (this post contains no spoilers) and before that I watched all of the other films leading up to it, so I decided to rank them all from worst to best in my opinion. I was surprised, because some movies moved up and down the list for me since the last time I’ve watched them all. So here goes.

#8

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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This movie is garbage. Especially watching it right off the heels of the other two series’. They tried to do something different with this one, and I get it. They also tried to make it fit more into the tech-heavy Avengers universe. Despite this being the only preexisting Spider-Man, not to mention one who kicked butt in Captain America: Civil War, we’re treated to two hours of an incompetent, Stark tech-dependent¬† Spider-Man who tries his best to prove he’s a hero worthy enough to join the Avengers.

With almost no action, boring, pointless villains, and no character development at all for anyone other than Peter, it’s really a terrible movie.

And seriously, who cast Aunt May? She looks like she’s 38 tops. And when she’s in close contact with Peter, it’s hard to tell if she’s his sister or wife. I mean it’s always possible to have an aunt that young, but she must have took him in when she was in her mid-20’s, which is also possible, but ugh.

And Tom Holland’s voice is so annoying.

#7

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

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This one just toes the line over garbage into almost decent territory. It’s certainly more entertaining, but somehow has even less action than the first movie, at least for Spider-Man. This movie focuses on Peter trying to figure out his spider sense, and his love life, which is odd. Homecoming ends with him being sad that his crush moves away, and this one starts with him being head over heels for another girl. Those raging teenage hormones. The last scene is pretty cool though.

#6

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

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This movie is actually between good and very good. Tom Holland’s performance was excellent, and I didn’t want to rip my ear drums out for once. This movie is basically a love-letter to the Spider-Man franchise. The return of villains from the old movies being the big draw here, and is the only reason I ever would have watched this movie.

Again, it’s weak on action, though there is certainly a lot more of it. They focused much more on telling a story in this one instead of utilizing the villains to their full potential.

That being said, it is a thousand times better than the other two movies in this trilogy, but could have been so much more, at least to me. And does it really count if it’s good only because it takes characters from older Spider-Man movies to make it good? Hmm…

#5

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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This movie’s very good. Andrew Garfield is a wonderful actor and portrays Spider-Man greater than anyone. I don’t like how Peter and Gwen go from talking for the first time to madly in love within two or three scenes though, but it’s fine I suppose. Telling some mysterious story about Peter’s father is new and interesting too.

#4

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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I really didn’t like this movie when I first saw it. But each time I’ve seen it, I’ve liked it more and more, so that now I think it’s better than it’s prequel. It’s very emotional, the Spider-Man scenes are incredible, the best out of any movie in fact, the acting is fantastic.

I realize why I didn’t like it at first though. It’s a very unbalanced movie. The first half hour is jaw-dropping. The second is very good. After that, it just becomes so many plots being developed and no Spider-Man and then suddenly there’s villains and Spider-Man again. We get one fight scene thrown in at the end, and bam, end of movie. Finally, after like seeing it for the fifth time, I really appreciate this movie.

#3

Spider-Man (2002)

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The movie that started it all. Almost 20 years later, it’s starting to age, but still ultimately holds up. The characters and their growth in this film, the absolutely horrifying green goblin, and all the emotional roller coasters make this a great movie.

#2

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

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Initially, I was very disappointed with this film, but like Amazing Spider-Man 2, I like this one more each time I see it, and have now realized how good this movie really is. It’s very deep, very dark, and very intense. Just a heavy kind of movie, you know?

Truthfully, the only reason I didn’t like it at first was because I thought there was too many villains, which is so common nowadays that no one would think twice about it, and honestly, because Venom is my favorite villain ever and he’s in it for like 10 minutes. And the emotional drama/trauma going on was far too much for my 17-year-old-self to really relate to and understand. But as an adult, dang… So I apologize movie, you are truly wonderful!

#1

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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For a 17 year old movie, this is still one of the best superhero movies of all time. It’s got drama, romance, and tons of action. The 2.1 cut is even better. Focusing on Peter wanting to live a life of his own so he could be happy, the world simply doesn’t allow that, as friend and foe alike try to kill him. I love it so, so much.

And there you have it. The Sam Raimi trilogy is truly wonderful. And that is because out of all those films, they balance them so well. There’s plenty of plot and character development, with plenty of Spider-Man scenes in between. That is what makes them so good. Unfortunately the MCU doesn’t seem to think it’s all that important to show their superheros doing superhero stuff, which to me, is the whole reason to see a superhero movie. Despite that, there’s hardly any character development at all in the MCU Spider-Man movies too. What are they doing? But I digress.

Spider Man Trilogy VS The Amazing Spider Man Would Be Trilogy

I’m just going to go out and say it. Sam Raimi’s trilogy is certainly far better than the two Amazing Spider Man movies. It would seem that most of the world is in agreement with that as well.

But what makes it all that much better? Well, I am just going to talk about 2 things that really bug me.

But before I get to that, let’s take a look at the main character. I find this to be interesting, for I feel Toby McGuire played a better Peter Parker, while Andrew Garfield was the better costumed hero.

Both did good jobs at their alter-egos, but Garfield really nailed the humor and sarcasm Spider Man is known for, while McGuire’s seemed to lack that severely, while Garfield’s Peter was far to “hip” and not at all nerdy. You didn’t feel bad for him. When he became Spider Man, it was like, oh okay.

But when McGuire becomes Spider Man, you are so happy that something good happened to him, because for the 10 minutes of the movie he does not have powers, he is being crapped on by everyone he meets.pparker3

So we’ll put them at a tie for main character. So what about their love interests? Both Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and Mary Jane, (Kirsten Dunst) do great jobs at being those characters and giving them their own personalities.

This was what I immediately hated about The Amazing Spider Man. Gwen and Peter are classmates that seem to barely know each other beyond “that kid in my class,” but they have like two conversations and instantly fall head over heels, deeply, madly in love. Yes, it’s implied Peter has had a crush on her already, but their coupling happens so instantaneously that it is very unbelievable that it put me off from their relationship. The lack of character development for both of them also puts a disinterest in their personal love affairs too. I don’t know, just going from less than acquaintances to destined lovers in minutes is just a bit farfetched.

In Sam Raimi’s trilogy, it becomes immediately clear that Peter has wanted Mary Jane, his next door neighbor, for his entire life, and she has hardly spared a glance for him. She was the exact opposite of him. He knew he didn’t have a shot at her at all. When he gets his powers, he becomes a little more confident, but still fails to make a move.

So instead, Pete’s best friend dates her instead. Eventually she falls for Spider Man, which gives Peter the confidence to move forward as himself. When he finally can have her, he shuts her down to protect her. The second movie is a roller coaster of emotion. he basically gives up his whole life to be Spider Man, truly a noble act, but when he can bear it no longer, he gives it up, only to have Mary Jane say no. He returns as Spider Man when Mary Jane realizes she made a mistake and tells him she wants to be with him.

Again, Peter stays away to protect her. This is so powerful because both at this point know that they love each other so deeply, and neither of them truly understands why they won’t allow themselves to be with the other. They are constantly struggling with themselves, so by the time they end up together, in the last scene of the movie, you are about as happy as they are.

So in otherwords, McGuire and Mary Jane take two full movies to finally come together, while Garfield and Gwen take two scenes.

My final reason for today why Sam Raimi’s is so much better is the whole way Uncle Ben died.

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In Amazing, Ben and Peter have a huge fight, one worse I think than in Raimi’s movies, peter fightso that’s a plus. But the circumstances leading up to Ben’s murder are pretty lame and would not impose as much guilt on Garfield, thus the viewer does not feel as much sorrow or whatever for Peter either, or really, the entire situation.

Allow me to explain what I mean. In both movies, Peter has a run in with the criminal who kills Uncle Ben moments before he does that heinous act. Peter has a chance to stop them, and doesn’t, thus Peter always believes it is his fault.

So in Amazing, Peter goes to a store to buy a little thing of milk for himself. He is short two cents and tries to take it from that “leave a penny, take a penny thing.” The clerk is a real d-bag and gives him a hard time, saying he can’t just take money without leaving any in return or something. It doesn’t really make sense. But the clerk says it’s “store policy,” and an angered Peter leaves the milk behind and shuffles off, just as the criminal enters the store. He robs the register and even gives the milk to Peter, thus technically making him a shoplifter. When the robber takes off, the clerk yells to Peter to go and catch him. The clerk gets mad when he doesn’t and Peter says it’s not his policy.

This is what ticks me off. Why is the clerk so mad and expectant of Peter? He doesn’t know he has powers. Why would anyone expect some random person to go chase down a criminal. The only person who is aware that he could easily stop the criminal is Peter himself. And because he didn’t have enough money to buy the milk, he took it out on the store clerk.

So the criminal gets away and shoots Uncle Ben. The only satisfying thing about this is the childish reason Peter let the criminal get away. That could weigh heavy on someone’s mind for sure. But yeah…pretty lame.

uncle ben deadIn Raimi’s film, Peter wins a wrestling match to win $3000 but gets scammed and winds up only getting like $200 for basically being too strong. He’s trying to win the money to buy a car, but the man tells him he fails to see the part where that’s his problem. So he gets screwed and leaves all ticked, just as the criminal goes and robs the cash that Peter rightfully won and then some. Pete lets him pass to get away and the man says that you could have killed that guy. Peter says it’s not his problem. This is much better because Peter just proved that he was able to easily crush anyone in his path and the man knew it. He wasn’t just getting ticked at a random customer. Peter could have also easily stopped him without revealing his powers since he was face to face with the man. Garfield was in the middle of a street that would have attracted far too much attention.

In short, Garfield is mad because he didn’t have enough money, and McGuire was mad because he was screwed out of 3 grand. So yeah. Raimi’s is a lot better in that respect.

There are many other reasons why the older ones are better, but I could be here all day talking about it. The original trilogy is even more impressive because they were made before there were countless super hero movies. They were essentially a guinea pig and they were better than anyone expected. Even now, when the first movie is nearly 20 years old (wow!) they still hold up today.

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And for the record, I do enjoy all of them, just some were very disappointing.  From worst to best I would rank them

The Amazing Spider Man 2

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Spider Man 3

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