What is the best Spider-Man film ever? Here are the six Spider-Man movies ranked from worst to best, including 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Spider-Man: Homecoming has just been released, and wow does it rock. But how does it compare to the previous Spider-Man films? Here are all the Spider-Man movies ranked, starting with the terrible…
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was an absolute mess, filled with too many characters and uninteresting sub-plots. It also ran over two and half hours long!
Electro, portrayed by Jamie Foxx (an Oscar winner mind you), was basically a cartoon sketch that ripped off Jim Carrey’s Riddler from Batman Forever.
However all that would be forgiven if we could focus on Spiderman, but instead we get this pointless love-story between Gwen Stacey and Peter Parker for half of the film that almost put me to sleep!
Half way into the film Harry Osborn shows up and all of a sudden we’re supposed to care about his relationship with Peter and the fact that he is suffering from some kind of disease. The whole sub-plot of him suffering from this disease and wanting Spider-Man’s blood is as silly as it sounds.
Not to mention that there is whole ‘spy’ storyline woven into the movie. In the opening scene Richard Parker expertly fights thugs hand-to-hand. How can you forget the scene where *takes breath* a coin hidden in a calculator leads to an underground train station where Richard Parker hides information for Peter on a computer! *breathes* Who came up with this shit!?
There is so much set-up for future films that it is really annoying – who’s the dude in the black hat and suit in Oscorp? I don’t care.
The only saving grace is Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of Spider-Man, but even that can’t save this film from being the worst Spider-Man movie put to screen.
5. The Amazing Spider-man
After sequels to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy were scrapped, Sony decided to reboot the franchise. Their first instalment was 2012’s The Amazing Spider-man. However Sony must’ve confused the term reboot with rip off as it was almost the same as the first film.
The first half of the film of him getting his powers and Uncle Ben getting shot is ripped straight from the first Spider-Man.
The villain is really lacklustre. Rhys Ifan’s portrayal of Dr Curt Conner’s aka The Lizard is one-dimensional and really disappointing.
Andrew Garfield may be a great Spider-Man but he’s a poor Peter Parker. Parker in this film is portrayed as this cool-hipster, instead of the nerdy teenage kid he is in the comics.
This film suffers from numerous sub-plots that no one cares about and are abandoned pretty quickly. After Uncle Ben’s death there’s this sequence where Peter hunts down his uncle’s killer but then that is quickly abandoned and never spoken of again.
4. Spider-Man 3
After the heights of Spider-Man 2, Raimi came back in 2007 with Spider-Man 3. The hype for this film was unreal at the time but unfortunately Spider-Man 3 was a huge disappointment.
For one, there are way too many characters, including THREE villains: Sandman, Green Goblin and Venom. All three of which were poorly written and underwhelming.
Venom shows up only for about 15 minutes and really isn’t Venom at all! Think of him as the Diet Pepsi version of Venom, only one calorie not Venom enough!
Oh and I don’t even want to hear about that stupid bar dance scene where Peter starts tap-dancing to show-off to MJ.
Despite its numerous flaws there’s still some enjoyment to be had with Spider-Man 3 and that’s why this isn’t the worst Spider-Man film out there.
3. Spider-man: Homecoming
What? Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t the best Spider-Man film ever? Blasphemy! Don’t burn me at the stake yet, let me tell you why!
First the positives. There’s so much hype around Spider-Man: Homecoming, and rightly so – it is a really great film! I loved it! It’s funny, enjoyable and just a great ride. Tom Holland portrays both sides of Peter Parker’s personality perfectly.
While Tobey Maguire nailed the Peter Parker side and Andrew Garfield nailed the side of Spider-Man, neither portrayed both as effectively as Tom Holland.
Homecoming’s villain is also amazing! Michael Keaton owns it as the vulture. Going in my expectations were low as Marvel films suffer from poor villains, but I came out impressed with Keaton’s portrayal. His character had a surprising amount of depth to him. He was menacing and intimidating yet wasn’t a moustache twirling baddie as most comic book villains.
Despite all these positives Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t the best Spider-Man film out there and this is because Homecoming felt like any other marvel film: a fun time. It lacked the emotional weight the first two films did.
Never once were the stakes really high; it remained light hearted and fun throughout, sticking to Marvel’s conventions. While it did change up the origin of Spider-Man, it lacked the depth and gravitas of the first two Spider-Man films.
2. Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man was a ground-breaking film when it first came out, and still holds up today. It helps that it was helmed by an insanely talented director, Sam Raimi.
All the characters in this film have so much emotional depth; you really empathise with each of them. Wilem Dafoe’s portrayal of the Green Goblin was scarily good, putting Dane Dehaan’s version in the shade.
Danny Elfman’s original score has since become iconic. It has that epic superhero vibe to it that no other composer (not even the great Hans Zimmer!) could match in the following Spider-Man reboots.
The reason Spider-Man is better than Spider-Man: Homecoming is that it isn’t afraid to get dark. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t The Dark Knight or a DC flick – the movie is largely light-hearted. But there are more mature themes explored. Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is rarely explored in such detail as in this film.
Cliff Robertson’s portrayal as Uncle Ben is the best in any Spider-Man film and his speech with Peter Parker about his responsibility is one of the greatest dialogue scenes in any superhero film ever.
This film also has the most brutal fight scene in any of the Spider-Man movies. At the end of the film Spider-Man gets beaten to a bloody pulp by green goblin in an abandoned warehouse. (Marvel studios wouldn’t even dream of doing something like that).
Oh and J.Jonah Jameson is bloody amazing, but more on that soon.
1. Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2 took everything great about the first film and multiplied it tenfold! Every character in this film feels so realistic. Even Mary Jane who is always portrayed as the damsel in distress is written with so much depth it’s astonishing!
We go even deeper with Peter (we even have a scene where he visits a psychiatrist!). Danny Elfman manages to improve on his original score to deliver a score that will leave you shaken in your seat.
Alfred Molina’s Otto Octavius is such a great villain. His character is fleshed out with such detail that you empathise with him and his actions.
The actions scenes in this film are iconic. I remember sitting in the theatre as a little kid being blown away by the train fight sequence and horrified at the hospital sequence which feels like its lifted straight out from a horror film! (Sam Raimi was behind the Evil Dead franchise).
These scenes are still mind-blowingly good more than a decade later – even the CGI hasn’t aged!
The whole arc about Peter losing his powers is so great and refreshing to see. Also, THAT “raindrops keep falling on my head” sequence is one of the greatest, most original scenes in any comic book movie.
The reason this film is so spectacular is that every single character has their moment, from Aunt May’s speech to Peter at the start, to Harry, MJ and even Uncle Ben.
J Jonah Jameson who I mentioned earlier, is at his best in this film. JJ steals every scene he’s in in. J.K Simmons was born to play this role; this is possibly one of the best casting choices ever in film!
Spider-Man 2 set such a high bar that I don’t think any Spider-Man film will ever beat it. It’s not just a great comic book movie but it’s a great FILM in general. I could go on gushing about Spider-Man 2 but I’ll leave it by saying that it is perhaps one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.
What do you think about this list of the Spider-Man movies ranked? Let us know in the comments. Also, you can read our review of the very impressive Spider-Man: Homecoming here.