BySean Bailey, writer at
A future film director and writer who's a sucker for superheroes, comics and monsters!
Sean Bailey

Has there been a superhero with as much fame and popularity as this web-crawler? Probably not, as most of us can recall wearing a spider costume for Halloween. But what is it that makes this character so great? Part of it is that he's relatable. He's a kid going through high-school, a geek even, who faces bullies on a daily basis and must gather the courage to talk to his crush. I won't speak for others, but this is a near virtual copy of what it's like for me. Maybe that's why everyone wants a piece of Spider-Man, causing reboot after reboot of our favorite Marvel hero. Now Marvel Studios is in the process of creating the 3rd iteration of the Spectacular Spider-Man, who will be played by Tom Holland. So before that happens, let's look back at Sony's several films, and find which ones worked out and which ones flopped.

5. Spider-Man 3

Well, this one's a no-brainer. Even director Sam Raimi admits that this one was a mistake. Venom has been a fan favorite for anyone whose read the Spider-Man comics, but this version of him was completely undone, turning him into a heartbroken Anti-Peter Parker. Yet he wasn't even the worse part of it.

This was.

Ugh. Goth Peter! I just...I just can't. I'm not a fan of insulting other people's work, because there's enough people like that out there already! So I'll keep this one short. Spider-Man 3 is something we'd all like to forget, so let's just move on.

4. Amazing Spider-Man 2

Now, this one wasn't actually all bad. It had a lot of good points. The costume was just spot on and paid great homage to the comics. Emotionally, the film was quite the roller-coaster, especially during the death of Gwen Stacey. Sure, we all saw it coming, but it still hurt to see it happen. Plus, Andrew Garfield was such an amazing Spider-Man (pun intended), I felt like the character had come to life again.

However, it did have some bad aspects. Electro, of course, was a villain I just couldn't understand. You get pissed at Spider-Man because he doesn't recognize you? When you turn into a human spark plug, no one recognizes you. His motives for me just didn't make sense, and I think the movie was too focused on setting up Sinister Six for there to be good enough villains. This may not have been Spider-Man's best moment, but it wasn't his worst.

3. Amazing Spider-Man

I'm actually a big fan of this one. They put a lot of fun into Peter's origin story this time. Unlike the last series, they brought in Peter's intellectual side by allowing him to create the web shooters, which I though was a great addition to the character. I prefer Gwen Stacey to Mary Jane, mostly because she shares that level of intelligence with Peter, and it makes for a more interesting relationship.

The only problem with this movie? It wasn't too different from Spider-Man (2001). Pete getting bitten by a radioactive spider, him being inspired to wear a mask through wrestling, throwing away his true love to protect her in the end. I know it's hard to make his origins seem more original, but we don't always need the origin. We all know he gets bitten, he get's power like a spider, so let's see something new.

2. Spider-Man

The first one ever made, and it's still one of the best. While the director may have faulted with the third, he nailed this one perfectly. Tobey Maguire does a perfect representation of Peter Parker before he's Spider-Man, and he plays his transformation so well. The movie quickly showed how much fun it is to be Spider-Man.

But they also quickly showed that with great power comes great responsibility. He carries a lot of power, and that can attract dangerous people to him. It brought me to the verge of tears when he turned away from MJ when he realized he couldn't be with her. Plus, the movie got it right to the very end. It was all about Peter discovering who he really is.

1. Spider-Man 2

This movie stands out not just from other Spider-Man movies, but also as a unique movie in it's genre. It addresses a question that few superhero movies have answered: What if the superhero just gives up? Essentially, that's what he did. He basically got a superpower version of the yips, where he couldn't control his powers because he felt that he had let his uncle down and that he wasn't cut out to be Spider-Man. Eventually he puts the mask back on, because you can't run from obstacles because they're too difficult.

Plus, that scene when everyone in the train sees him without a mask, and promises to keep the secret, just warms my heart. They know how much New York needs Spider-Man, so they're willing to protect his identity for him.

Despite my ranking, I actually enjoyed the Amazing Spider-Man series. I liked that they brought a more geeky and tech-savvy Peter Parker to the story. But the originals have been in my childhood for as long as I can remember. For me, it's that one line that always gets me on the edge of my seat.


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