Happy Spider-Man Day! Apparently they decided to dedicate August 1st to our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Spider-Man was the first superhero I ever 'met' officially. Because of this, Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man was my first favorite superhero.
Even though I prefer Captain America now, Spider-Man will always hold that special place in my heart! He helped start this Marvel obsession in little twelve year old me, and I'm very glad that he did!
I thought in honor of Spider-Man Day, I would show you my rankings of each of the movies. This includes the Tobey Maguire Spidey, and the new movies with Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger.
5. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
There was just so much wrong with this movie. Yes, it is most definitely on the bottom of my list. The scene where the Venom takes Peter Parker was just awful. There are so many other ways we could have been shown what happens to you when the Venom is on you. Instead, we have the emo, bad guy Parker. Not only that, we have our superhero physically abusing his ex, and nothing is really said about it. She just comes back to him at the end like nothing happened.
The villains were not that interesting and watching the awkwardness of Tobey Maguire in this movie was just unbearable. Needless to say, I didn't like the movie. It is my least favorite of all of them, and is why I was ready for a new Spider-Man.
4. Spider-Man (2002)
This movie was a great origin story. We still have Tobey's awkward acting, but it is bearable in this first movie. Watching this movie is what started my Marvel obsession, so it will always hold a special place in my heart! The scene where he tries to figure out how to shoot his webs is possibly my favorite scene in the whole franchise.
There wasn't much I didn't like about this first movie, so why isn't it in my top spot? I liked the overall storyline, though I don't like Mary Jane. I also didn't appreciate the Green Goblin. He was either super creepy, or super cheesy.
3. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
The original Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 are technically in the same spot. I don't really prefer one over the other. So what makes the second one beat the first? It is simply because Spider-Man 2 caused me to laugh a lot more. It gave off the vibe of a horribly cheesy 1980s horror film. The scene in the hospital was the best. It had every little horror film worthy stereotype in it.
I watch this movie if I need a good laugh. It doesn't really come off as a real hero movie to me, but it ranks higher than the others because it made me laugh and the storyline was also a bit better.
2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Finally, a Spidey that I love.
The final two spots hold the rebooted versions of Spider-Man. I loved Andrew Garfield's personality, and what he brought to the character. We got the sassy Spider-Man I had been looking for! The reason the second movie is in this spot, is because I felt like the two villains were not well developed. The Green Goblin was especially rushed and I didn't really understand his character by the end. Electro was better developed, but I feel like they could have expounded on him a bit more. One other thing that makes this so much better than the originals is the chemistry between Emma Stone and Garfield! It makes me all giddy inside!
1. The Amazing Spider-Man
Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man.
So much better than Tobey Maguire...
He wasn't perfect, but definitely an improvement. The love story was fixed, the personality was fixed, and we ended up with a better Spidey. The Amazing Spider-Man is my favorite because it fixed a lot that was wrong in the beginning, and he reminded me of the Spider-Man I read about in my uncle's old comic books. The action scenes were great, and it was enjoyable movie to watch.
So yes, I am excited that it is Spider-Man Day. I'm also really excited about Marvel's new Spider-Man! I can't wait to see how Tom Holland does and how he will impact Captain America: Civil War. Maybe we will see a true Peter Parker in this new rendition of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.