It's hard to believe that within a few months, Spider-Man will take his rightful place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). But what if you're like me, and really can't wait that long? I mean, look at this recently-released picture of Tom Holland in the Avengers' Quinjet!
In my opinion, you need to watch past movies to get yourself excited for a new movie. In this case, MCU movies with our favorite Avengers! But what to watch? He's a brand new hero in the MCU, but not really. Marvel and the Civil War directors have released some new background info on Spidey, and of course, he's had other movies before this....
As you know, Spidey has made other movies both before and after the beginning the modern MCU. For better or worse, these Spider-Man movies (5 in all) have contributed to who and what we see as Spider-Man. But you should also include other Marvel movies as background to who Spidey really is. Why? Because Spidey is now part of the MCU for the first time, not in his own separate Cinematic Universe. As they say, it's all connected...
1. Iron Man
The first movie in the MCU is also an origin story for the new generation of Marvel heroes: Peter Parker, Spider-Man.
Imagine. You are a young Peter Parker (anywhere from 5-9 depending on the theory or article you're reading). You see Tony Stark, a technological genius and charismatic CEO get kidnapped, rescued and then transformed into an armored bad-ass. I think you just found your new hero. Peter's been watching the Avengers play out outside his window in New York since their very beginnings. It only makes sense that when your (real-life super) hero shows up at your doorstep asking you to join his cause, you do it.
2. Iron Man 2
And of course, there's the new popular theory that it was a young Peter Parker whom Iron Man saved during the Stark Expo. It makes sense according to the mythology they've been setting up for their new Peter.
This movie is also all about the world that the previous generation has left behind; Tony's legacy. It's like they wrote this for Tom Holland's Spider-Man!
3. Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire)
Tobey Maguire is the perfect Peter Parker. Dorky, awkward and really sciencey. And he's geeky-looking enough to pull off Peter the science nerd. And that's really what you need in a Peter Parker (but not Spider-Man).
Also: perhaps the best character in any of the Spidey movies (besides Tobey, of course) is J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson! Let's bring him back as ol' J.J.J. for the new movies!
4. Spider-Man 2
The second Tobey Spidey movie (with Doc Ock) is a great comic book movie, probably one of the best of it's time. It made the main villain sympathetic with great tech that could translate well into the modern MCU (imagine Doctor Octopus' arms powered by an ARC reactor). It's not Spidey first starting out as an superhero, but it showcases a lot of his doubts and acceptance of what it means to be a hero. The "Spider-Man No More" arc is exactly what you'd expect from a new hero.
Oh, and don't bother with the third Tobey Spidey movie: it has dancing, emo-Peter, too many villains and just a little ridiculous. The only part I truly enjoyed was watching the scenes with James Franco as Harry Osborn. The fighting between Peter and Harry is brutal and cool, and their fighting along side each other is very cool--a (temporary) partnership based on a long friendship and witty quips.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield)
And yes, Andrew Garfield is the perfect Spider-Man. He's a wise-ass behind the mask, quipping at criminals and super-villains alike. I just like his voice when he's in full Spider-Man mode. As for physicality, watch the scene when Spidey is "captured" and takes on a bunch of cops.
And if you want to stop at the first Garfield Spidey movie, please do: the second movie wasn't all that good, and you don't have to fall in love with Gwen Stacey only to have to watch her get killed (sorry, spoilers) near the end of the movie.
6. Avengers: Age of Ultron
To me, this is really the first and last Avengers movie. It shows them as a cohesive unit, fighting bad guys together. Even as a non-cohesive unit, a prelude to what's going to happen. And although the original team is no longer together, it shows the state that the new Avengers are in when we come upon Captain America: Civil War. Plus, you know that Spider-Man will soon be joining our heroes!