With Spider-Man: Far From Home releasing in cinemas this week, the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to an end. The twenty-third movie of the MCU has already received positive reviews from critics who have praised the acting of Holland and Gyllenhaal. Spider-Man’s inception in movies began with Sam Raimi’s version which starred Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. Since then, three actors have played the role of the popular superhero. Who played it best is a debate for another time…..
The audience appreciated the fact that there was no dearth of villains in the movies. Here is a list of all the movies from worst to best.
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Fans had pretty much lost interest in Garfield’s version of Spiderman once the MCU rose to prominence. The film was criticized for having too many characters, thus offering a weak narrative. It is a shame as there were talks of a sequel revolving around the Sinister Six. However, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone had chemistry which all the other films in the list lack. Eventually, Sony and Marvel made a deal and we were introduced to Tom Holland.
7. Spiderman 3 (2007)
The end to Sam Raimi’s trilogy wasn’t great, especially when the previous film left the viewers on a high note. Spider-Man 3 had to live up to huge expectations of fans. It delivered partly, offering us a number of villains. However, they were underutilized. Spider-Man 3 was a journey of Peter Parker confronting his inner demons. Sadly, we never got to see a fourth Spider-Man film due to Sam Raimi’s creative differences with producers and writers. There are two points to be noted here. One, the black Spider-Man suit was dope. Second, Tobey Maguire’s dance outside the clothes shop is unforgettable.
6. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Ah…the film that was an unnecessary attempt by Sony to draw the audience away from the MCU. Fans enjoyed the new depiction of the old origin story. However, the film failed in providing a proper villain. The Lizard was badly visualized. It was sort of a mini version of Godzilla. Again, who can forget the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone?
5. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
After introducing the new Spider-Man during Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios presented us with a stand-alone film. As stated in our review, the movie had a lighter tone and was fun to watch. It also focused more on Peter Parker’s high school image. Fans were delighted to see Iron Man having a minor role too. Michael Keaton played the role of The Vulture perfectly, but it’s the high school dynamic that makes it stand out from the rest.
4. Spider-Man (2002)
It was difficult to place this movie higher than Homecoming. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man was easily my favorite superhero movie as a child. It was an instant summer blockbuster and struck the right chords with the audience. The origin story was exactly what we wanted to see. The stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, and William Dafoe made the film memorable. By the way, J.K Simons still rules.
3. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
While the movie just came out a couple of days ago, after watching it it’s pretty evident that the MCU version of Spidey just feels right out of the comics. This time, the film does what no other Spider-Man movie has done – stay out of New York. The different backdrop makes for a joyful ride along with Spider-Man alongside Mysterio, who is one of the most comic-accurate Spider-Man villains till date. The film pushes Peter Parker to new heights, finally showing us why he deserves to be called an Avenger.
2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Into the Spider-Verse is the only animated film on the list. Moreover, it also won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Miles Morales, a regular teen, embraces his fate after meeting his counterparts from other dimensions. The film has amazing visuals and a memorable soundtrack. Sony has finally redeemed itself. By combining jaw-dropping visuals with a gripping story and interesting characters, it shows that it’s a great time to be a Spider-Man fan.
1. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 was regarded as the film which redefined superhero movies (until the release of The Dark Knight which further upped the bar). It was successful in doing what none of the other films are successful in- portraying an emotional side of Peter Parker. Being a superhero affects his relations with his friends and family. He loses his powers as a result of internal turmoil. Alfred Molina was impressive as Otto Octavius. The movie ended with the setting up of Harry Osborn as the New Goblin.