Every Spider-Man Movie Ranked from Worst to Best
The latest Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, was released this past weekend to serious praise. With Tom Holland becoming the third man to act as the web-slinger in a mere fifteen years, there’s certainly enough Spider-Man films in the pipeline to have the following discussion. But where does each film rank in comparison to each other? Let’s take a look:
#6: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Well, at least we can all thank this film’s failure for the eventual ability of Marvel to have creative control of Spider-Man once again.
This film is the predominant reason why many moviegoers despise Sony Pictures, as it once again attempted to create a cinematic universe instead of making a good film. The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s tone is all over the place, predominantly because it has multiple cutaways to a Sinister Six tie-in.
Also, it’s low-hanging fruit but it has to be mentioned. Jamie Foxx‘s Electro is not only just a terrible villain, but possibly one of the worst ever conceived. His idea of a nerd is something out of a stereotypical 90’s comedy. Plus, he keeps wanting to blow out his birthday candles…
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 52%
Metacritic Score: 53
MovieBabble Score: D
#5: Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Yes, emo Peter Parker is incredibly dreadful. It not only stops all the momentum that the film had dead in its tracks, it couldn’t have been more cringeworthy.
The film suffers from a lot of the same issues that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did, trying to cram way too many story elements into the film causing none of them to feel satisfying in the end.
While this film can’t quite get the MovieBabble seal of approval, that’s not to say that it’s all bad.
The action to the film remains top-notch, adding some of its own little quirks to the mix that help it to distinguish itself from the rest of the original Spider-Man trilogy. Sam Raimi adds a ton of visual flair to the film in this respect. If you know his filmography, you know that he’s never afraid to allow a movie to get really strange and absurd. In a time full of cookie-cutter films, that aspect of Spider-Man 3 can certainly be appreciated.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 63%
Metacritic Score: 59
MovieBabble Score: C
#4: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
The best description of The Amazing Spider-Man would be “fine.”
Although he’s not believable as a high-school-aged Peter Parker, Andrew Garfield played wonderfully as Peter’s superhero alter ego, displaying his ability to quip with the best of them. While his acting choice to stutter consistently bothered fans, he had a certain charisma about him that was missed from Tobey Maguire.
However, everything surrounding him can’t help but feel generic. The film took everything we enjoyed from the first Spider-Man series and basically repackaged it for a new audience. There’s nothing fresh or innovative to this story, leaving many viewers wondering what the point of the film was in the first place.
That being said, good performances and chemistry between the actors propel The Amazing Spider-Man to a marginally enjoyable ride.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 72%
Metacritic Score: 66
MovieBabble Score: B-
#3: Spider-Man (2002)
We have this film to thank for resurrecting the superhero genre in a time where these films were still struggling to catch on with the general public. Although the X-Men franchise started a few years prior, many people didn’t jump onboard with the hero movement until Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man came along.
Some fans never got onboard with the film, claiming that it wasn’t a good representation of the character they loved from the comic books. However, many people who had never picked up a comic book before fell in love with the character, causing a flury of new superheroes to get a chance on the big screen.
The film can’t help but feel somewhat dated, unfortunately. The further we get away from 2002, the more this film feels like a quaint little film.
But that’s not to say that there isn’t some great entertainment to be had here. In a related note…BONESAW IS READY!
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 89%
Metacritic Score: 73
MovieBabble Score: B+
#2: Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Heralded by many as one of the best superhero movies ever made, Spider-Man 2 is the rare sequel that manages to improve upon the original.
The best portion of the film has to be Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus. Doc Ock is still one of the best villains ever in a comic book movie. Not only is he still visually striking and haunting, but you completely understand his motive and purpose almost to the point of rooting for him at specific moments in the film.
Although he still leaves a little to be desired, Tobey Maguire matures nicely into the role his second time around, allowing for the relationship between his character and Mary Jane to blossom and become more complex in its faults.
While not always discussed, Spider-Man 2 was revolutionary for CGI, winning an Academy Award for best visual effects. Spider-Man 2 helped us realize that more was possible in movies, allowing our imaginations to run wild.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 94%
Metacritic Score: 83
MovieBabble Score: A-
#1: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Although it may be a little premature, the latest version of our favorite webslinger may be the best yet.
Tom Holland performs as the best Spider-Man to date, playing up the character’s youth and inexperience. It’s truly refreshing to see a superhero movie where the superhero is not in complete control of the situation and is learning along with the audience. He’s sweet, charismatic, and above all else, fun. While Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield excelled at one portion of the Spider-Man/Peter Parker duel role, Tom has the youth and exuberance to pull off both phases.
Unlike other MCU films, we actually understand and relate with the villain, played by Michael Keaton. His character, the Vulture, has a backstory that works with past MCU films but also works as a stepping stone for a perfectly understandable villain.
Not to mention that Homecoming is by far the most hilarious of the Spidey films. It appears that just about everything worked in this film. Even Marvel and Sony played well with each other!
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 93%
Metacritic Score: 73
MovieBabble Score: A
*To read my full review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, please click here.
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