Every Spider-Man Movie Ranked
Here's our ranking of every Spider-Man movie!
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The worst Spider-Man movie is such a mixed bag. First of all, this is the most visually stunning of all the Spidey flicks, as the visual effects have never been better in any of these movies, and every action sequence is thrilling making each time Peter Parker swings around New York City absolutely exhilarating. Also, Andrew Gardield and Emma Stone bring Peter and Gwen Stacy's story to a satisfying conclusion with outstanding performances. Unfortunately, that's almost all negated by the inconsistent and over-the-top performances by the three villains stuffed into this movie. Jamie Foxx has never been worse, going for the most bonkers version of Electro ever seen, Paul Giamatti is a ridiculous stereotypical Russia mobster version of The Rhino, and while Dane DeHaan isn't bad as a calm and cool Harry Osborne, he then suddenly is wild and kooky as Green Goblin. If they would've cut out Electro and Rhino, or relegated them to cameos, and focused more time on Harry transforming into the Goblin, this film could've worked so well. Ultimately, this one is such a wasted opportunity as it should've given fans an emotional classic storyline from the comics with some fun action beats, but instead delivered a terribly confused mess of a movie.
6. Spider-Man 3
Sam Raimi's third entry in the Spider-Man trilogy was such a let down. After two great movies it was a disappointment that the conclusion was a complete failure. By cramming in too many villains, the story loses focus and doesn't deliver the meaningful ending to the trilogy fans wanted. Peter Parker and Mary Jane go through a lot of drama due MJ's job insecurity and Peter's use of the alien black symbiote suit which gives him extra strength while corrupting his morals. Focusing on their story with frenemy Harry Osborne would've been the best option as James Franco delivers a solid performance alongside Kirsten Dunst and Toby Maguire. While bringing in Thomas Haden Church as Sandman wasn't a bad idea, especially since they connect him to the death of Uncle Ben bringing Peter's revenge arc full circle, the inclusion of Topher Grace as Venom was an awful decision. He has little to do and it's a tragedy that such an iconic villain from the comics was used so poorly. Certain elements work like Peter, MJ, and Harry, even Sandman is fine, but overall it's too crowded with stupid dance numbers, a criminally misused Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy, and underused Venom.
The first Spider-Man movie was released over 15 years ago and it has aged very well. The film-makers got a lot right from the writing to the casting to production design and visual effects. Toby Magiure is amazing in the lead role, Willem Dafoe gives a dastardly and horrifying performance as the villain, and Kirsten Dunst stands out in the role of the popular girl next door with a rough home life and big dreams. Raimi's direction offers a unique style for a comic book movie by bringing a colorful heightened world to life in a realistic and grounded way. The slightly silly Goblin mask does hurt Dafoe's performance a bit, but the costumes are really well made, and the action scenes here are much more brutal than you'd think. It's a really well-made film and an excellent origin story which takes cues from the original Superman in 1978.
4. The Amazing Spider-Man
A more modern version of Spidey's origin came in 2012 when indie director Marc Webb rebooted the franchise for Sony. The main thing this movie got right was the casting of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the lead roles of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. It was a stroke of genius to make the leads younger, and swap MaryJane for Peter's first love in the comics. All of this helped set the new movie apart from previous installments. Bringing a slightly darker and more gritty tone to the series, this one nailed the origin story and brought a mystery element to Peter Parker's past. The action is excellent and the villain is very well played by Rhys Ifans who brings complexity and humanity to the brilliant Dr. Curt Conners who transforms into the dangerous Lizard. It's still fun and funny, but also has an edge to it, and a more dramatic feel overall, making it one of the better, and more overlooked, superhero origin stories over the past few years.
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Marvel Studios' take on their most famous superhero is an excellent solo adventure for the character after his small role in Captain America: Civil War. Skipping the origin story was a welcome omission as everyone's either seen it once or twice on the big screen already, not to mention all of the comics and animated series. Tom Holland is the best Peter Parker yet because he's believable as a normal genius kid in high school who's struggling with the responsibilities he has at home with Aunt May, at school with his friends, and as a superhero mentored by Iron Man. Bringing in Tony Stark as his new Uncle Ben/father-figure was a smart move that pays off as it fits right into the MCU. However, it certainly helps if you have at least some prior knowledge of MCU movies, but it doesn't rely on the past too heavily as it can also stand on it's own quite well. The Vulture is perhaps the best villain we've had in the MCU since Loki as Michael Keaton plays him as a working-class man with real menace. The action and visual effects are spectacular, writing and acting are on point, music is fantastic, and overall the movie balances laugh-out-loud humor with some serious drama very well, making for perhaps the most fun of all the Spidey-flicks.
2. Spider-Man 2
One of the best sequels ever made is Spider-Man 2. While bringing the bigger and better action elements every good sequel has, this one actually works so well because it dives deeper into the characters and their relationships, as even the villain is a fully developed character who has interesting and complicated relationships with the both Peter and Harry. Speaking of the villain, Alfred Molina is a big reason this movie works so well because he gives us a sympathetic antagonist no one really wants to see die. Toby Maguire also delivers his greatest performance ever as a weary Peter Parker who wants to give up his alter ego since it's starting to take a major toll on his personal life. J.K. Simmons gets to shine in every scene as Peter's loud, overbearing boss J. Jonah Jameson, while James Franco takes Harry Osborne to more villainous places with poise, and Kirsten Dunst gives MJ an excellent and believable character arc. This is a movie that can be seen over and over again and never loses it's sense of fun or it's deep emotional power, from it's hilarious and thrilling opening scene to it's devastating and triumphant end.
1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The latest Spidey movie is the best of them all because makes everything that's great about the previous films better and makes fun of what's worst about them. It also feels so fresh and unique with it's eye-popping visuals and stunning action. The film wears it's heart on it's sleeve delivering some truly emotional moments. There's tons of hilarious gags here and plenty of references to past Spider-Lore. The casting is spectacular with Shameik Moore delivering an outstanding performance as the new hero, Miles Morales, along with the rest of the stellar voice cast including Jake Johnson as a down-on-his-luck Peter Parker, Liev Schrieber as a determined Kingpin, and Hailee Steinfeld as a smart and sassy Gwen Stacy. It's character-centric storytelling, excellent voice cast, thrilling music, and important message make this one the best Spider-Man ever.