With a brand new Spider-Man having just been introduced to the world in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, now seems like the perfect time to look back on the web slinger's big screen outings and rank them from worst to best. We've had 14 years of Spider-Man, with three different actors in three separate reboots, so which will take the #1 spot?
6) Spider-Man 3
This one was a no-brainer. Spider-Man 3 concluded Sam Raimi's trilogy on an all time low. Spider-Man 3 was stupid, convoluted and a poor representation of the characters and the comics it was adapting. Of course we all remember and wish we could forget Emo Peter Parker and the inexplicable dance scenes. Spider-Man 3 did have it's good moments though, the action was exciting, Thomas Haden Church as Sandman was pretty good and it rounded off some emotional arcs set up by previous films. But as a whole, the movie doesn't work.
5)The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Many of you will likely disagree with me putting The Amazing Spider-Man 2 above Spider-Man 3 and that's fair, but to me, this film was a lot more fun. Andrew Garfield yet again delivered the goods as Peter Parker and Spidey and his on screen relationship with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is the heart and soul of the film. Sure, there are one too many villains, and they're all pretty terrible, and the film is mainly concerned with setting up future films, but I still have a good time with this movie. The film contains the death of Gwen Stacy, which I still say, is one of the most heartbreaking moments in comic book movie history.
4)The Amazing Spider-Man
This was a tough decision, on one hand I believe Andrew Garfield is the better Spider-Man over Tobey Maguire and the film is a lot more fun, but it all came down to the villain and story. I was not a fan of Rhys Ifans take on the Lizard at all and his plan came down to turning the citizens of New York into giant Lizards, which was a pretty laughable motive. The relationship between Peter and Gwen was once again the highlight of the film.
Spider-Man didn't quite kick off the superhero genre, but it did launch it into the super mainstream. Tobey Maguire was a perfect representation of that 1950's style Peter Parker, the uber nerd turned superhero. There are some changes to the character such as organic web shooters, but fans accepted this take on the character, the origin was done perfectly and the characters relationships with one another were great to see, especially the one between Peter, Harry and Norman. Green Goblin's costume is often likened to a Power Ranger but other than that, Willem Dafoe was perfectly creepy as the villain.
Up until recently, this was by far my favorite film Spider-Man had ever appeared in. Raimi had taken all that was good about his first film and improved upon it. The action was better, the charm was upped and the characters were fantastic. Spider-Man 2 contains the perfect amount of character conflict, relationship trouble and levity that makes this an entertaining watch every time. The film also contains the best on screen Spider-Man villain yet with Alfred Molina as Doc Ock, Peter's mentor and idol turned deadliest enemy.
1)Captain America: Civil War
Okay, this isn't a Spider-Man movie exactly but it does contain the best on screen representation of the wall crawler to date. This version of Peter is a teenager, he's roped into the world of heroes by Tony Stark and is made to fight a battle he doesn't quite understand. His scenes in the movie are the standouts and Tom Holland's performance pleased fans everywhere. His costume is almost identical to the comics (even with moving eyes) and he never stops talking. I also think this is the best film that Spider-Man has ever appeared in.
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