The year was back in 2002, when a man (or director!) Sam Raimi brought into the cinematic world Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s most famous wall-crawler, or web shooter Spiderman. And man, that character impressed so much that it became one of the most successful and famous movie franchise of all time, and became the respawn of the superhero community that was started by X-Men and Blade.
And sixteen years later, and eight films old, your friendly neighbor is still standing strong. The latest installment Spiderman: Into The Spider Verse is already in theatres and Spiderman: Far From Home will be knocking on the door on July 9 next year, and not to forget, Avengers Endgame is around the corner as well.
However, like all other films, Spiderman series also has not made all Spiderman movies the same. So, some comparison and ranking deserve some discussion here. So, here are the Spiderman movies released so far, ranked from their worst story and performance to the best. And yeah, don’t get surprised if you find the Avengers movies on the list, because every Spiderman movie deserves a place.
Here they are –
9. Amazing Spiderman 2
Sony and Marvel stroke a deal for the first time to share the superhero on screen, but the plan failed, if not miserably then not less also. Each and every actor tried to give full justice to the characters, but something killed the franchise and the film. The film well balanced the romance, super heroism and ecstasy of new villains, but it also squashed the plans of Sony to bring back to life the Sinister Six.
The film had yet once again some heart felt performance from Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, and we deep felt the death of Gwen Stacy. Jamie Foxx’s Electro had a few good scenes, while Dane DeHaan tried his best to breathe new life into the role of Harry Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, but the film didn’t impress us.
8. The Amazing Spider-Man
This version of the series tried to make the Spiderman Franchise bigger than it already was. But it did not work much. The film showed Andrew Garfield’s not-quite-nerdy-enough Peter Parker and Emma Stone rocked as Gwen Stacy, and people were nonetheless captivated by their romance and not in their superhero man.
The film brought back the comic villain Lizard to feud with our hero, but the film went more into Peter’s past (his parents more) and did not focus much on the story and fight the audience needed, thus disappointing them.
7. Spider-Man 3
Perhaps the only good thing this film had was Sam Raimi, in fact, this was his last venture with the Spiderman Franchise. The film was not so well received by the audience as were the last films. The film suffered mainly because of a sizeable cast, and some notable hilarious moments. And not to forget, our hero Peter Parker punched his girlfriend in the face!
The film had some cool moments though. Thomas Haden Church was awesome as Sandman, but he was underused. And the film was nothing but an emotional roller coaster if the relationship between Harry Osborne and Peter Parker. Whatever was the film’s income, Sony decided to reboot the film franchise with some new cast and crew.
6. Captain America: Civil War
So now we are moving from “not so great Spidey movies” to “rather nice Spidey movies”. And ending people’s enthusiasm, our web shooter made his MCU debut in this epic battle movie between Team Cap and Team Ironman. Man, he not only stole Cap’s shield, he also stole some glorious moments of the film.
Although this was not Spidey’s standalone film, but Spidey arguably is one of the best things in the film, so this deserved a place. We saw Tom Holland as our new teenage Spiderman, and made us believe that finally MCU had its sweet and charming version of the hero. Tom has appeared five times as our hero, and preferably is the closest approximation of the comic book character.
5. Avengers: Infinity War
Tom Holland reappeared as Spidey once again. While Civil War introduced Tom as our dear Spidey man, Infinity War managed to squeeze the best out of him. Plus the relationship we saw between Spiderman and Ironman – he didn’t only want to impress Stark, but simply put and do the right thing – was one of the core factors of the movie.
We saw some father-son relation between Spidey and Ironman, and witnessed the emotional moment when his surrogate son flies as ash right from between his fingers. And, is there anyone who did not love the Amazing Iron Spider suit in action?
In the time where Blade launched the Superhero community and X-Men took it forward, Spiderman gave life to the community. Sam Raimi brought into action Stan Lee’s comic hero Spidey, and despite some controversial changes such as natural web shooters (due to a spider bite!) and absence of Gwen Stacy, the film was well received by the audience. Spiderman fights his greatest nemesis Green Goblin in the film, and the relation between Peter, Norman and Harry was very well portrayed.
Also notable was the film’s time of release. It was released less than a year after the 9/11 attacks, cementing its place as something more than just a movie. And Peter Parker made a home in people’s heart as the web crawler.
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a winning combination of a fun superhero adventure tale with a heart-warming story about a regular kid dealing with some very relatable issues. The best story time of the film was Peter making it to his academic decathlon matches is as important here as his sleuthing into the Vulture’s activities.
It’s a sweet, witty, briskly-paced romp that captures everything that’s made Peter Parker and his costumed alter ego such a lovable and enduring character for over half a century. Our new superhero Tom Holland tries to balance between his dual duties of a student and also a superhero. Though Gwen Stacy was missing (dead rather), we did not see those natural web shooting again and somewhat got the glimpse of Sam Raimi’s original Spidey suit.
2. Spiderman: Into The Spider Verse
It’s the recently released flick, still in the theatres. The first animation film of the franchise, but rather a nice one. We are out the Marvel Avengers Spiderman, and are into the dimension of Miles Morales, our new animated Spidey, but later we find out Peter Parker in another dimension. Yeah, the whole film is about Spidermen from different dimensions coming together to defeat a common enemy.
Finally, we have taken a bold departure from the Pixar animation style we’ve come to expect from mainstream animated films, Into the Spider-Verse delivers a dynamic visual experience unlike any other, making it one of the best Spiderman movies.
1. Spiderman 2
Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 2 immediately after its release became people’s favourite superhero, and till date the title is remembered. In the film, Spiderman is pit against Dr. Octopus, who gets an emotional story of his own, the story of becoming Spidey’s formidable enemy from his mentor. The film shows Peter’s true struggle with being a hero and being a man, inspiring hope in the city and sacrificing his own happiness.
It’s a complex journey for every single character involved, and Raimi balances it all with utterly thrilling action sequences like a train fight and the great climactic battle with Doc Octo. From every point of view, the movie is a true treat.