My love of spider-man began growing up with Tobey spiderman, followed by Andrew spiderman, and now I live with Tom spiderman. How do I feel about these movies? Which is the best Spiderman film? and How about my least favorite Spiderman movie? That’s the topic of this article: All Spider-Man movies ranked by someone who has loved the character since childhood.
Not too long ago, I rewatched every Spiderman movie prior to Spiderman No Way Home’s release, and as I have now watched No Way Home, it has been an amazing journey. What’s been fascinating for me to watch is what and how each director depicted spiderman and how their adaptation of Peter Parker differed. As for the actors who played Spider-Man and their style of portraying the role, they are excellent. It’s funny, most fans always pose the question of who is the best Spider-Man, but if you ask me that same question I’d say all the actors who have ever played Spider-Man. Be it Tobey, Andrew, or Tom, they have all excelled in the role as they have given their all. But that isn’t the debate I’m having here; I’m ranking the Spiderman movies and deciding which spiderman film deserves to be the best Spiderman movie ever.
(This ranking does not include Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse, as it is classified as an animation)
8. The Amazing Spiderman (2012)
All in all, I find The Amazing Spiderman to be my least favorite Spider-Man movie. There may be many reasons for this, among which is that it mostly follows the same plotline as Spiderman 1. Fundamentally, This film cheats itself by frequently twisting the motives of Peter parker’s character.
Firstly, Peter wants to learn more about his parents, which leads him to get into Oscorp, and after getting bitten by a spider in Oscorp, his whole initial motive about learning more about his parents is forgotten. Later, he suggests Dr. Conners a formula as if it were something he made up, and then uncle ben dies, now his motivation changes to finding the killer of his uncle, and guess what? It’s going to be forgotten too. He has now completely shifted his focus to ‘Dr. Conners,’ who he has given the formula without knowing its full facts or the potential impacts it may cause. Obviously, things go awry, Dr. Conners turned into a lizard, and the lizard’s ridiculous motive to turn everyone into lizards, just because he thinks humans are flawed, but lizards are perfect, what a stupidity (facepalm). Towards the end of the movie, Gwen Stacy’s father wishes Peter that he must stay away from his daughter to keep her safe, but you know what, that wish is going to be forgotten in a flash. This film cheated itself.
Regardless, there are certainly good things about this movie, including Andrew Garfield’s remarkable performance and Emma Stone’s chemistry together. I believe Garfield and Stone’s contributions saved both flicks. Also, I liked some of the great moments like the after-effects Peter had after getting bitten by a spider, as well as the Aunt May and Uncle Ben scenes.
7. The Amazing Spiderman 2 (2014)
The only reason I rank The Amazing Spiderman 2 higher than its first installment is because of how elegant it looks. This movie is much more entertaining than the Amazing Spiderman 1, thanks to the score, the visuals, and the charismatic performances again by Andrew and Emma. Unlike the first part, where character motivations were erratic, this movie at least knows what it is doing and where it is heading with clear motives (even though they’re silly). The best thing about this film is it’s full of stunning shots and scenes, and I really appreciate how filmmaker Mark Webb applies a refined approach to spider-man, his suit, his web-shooters, and his swinging style, which is where the Amazing Spiderman 2 nails. Furthermore, Gwen Stacy’s tragic death was so heart-breaking (even though it was easily avoidable, “ludicrous dialogue: this is my choice”), the grim tone of the movie and Andrew’s performance saved it from being “lousy”. As a final positive note, the ending is the second-best ending in a spiderman movie as it perfectly captures what it means to be Spiderman, and how kids look up to him.
As for its flaws and shortcomings, the writing is mediocre as in its previous film. This movie had too many cringe-worthy moments, and the dialogue writing is substandard. Maxx, played by Jamie Foxx, did a good job, but his character was botched with ridiculous motives which is also the case with Harry’s character. In my humble opinion, Dane Dehaan was miscast as Harry Osborn. Everything that was executed with his character and electro was shoddy. It’s just my aforementioned things that saved this movie.
6. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
In terms of story and pacing, and how overcrowded the movie is, Spider-man 3 is rather underwhelming in comparison to its predecessors. As far as I know, Sony got their hands on the script, and that changed everything. I think there were a lot of flaws in the film that could have been avoided. Based on what Sam Raimi has done in his previous installments and the seeds he planted in previous films, the antagonist of Spiderman 3 should have been Harry Osborn (the Hobgoblin) or even Dr. Conners (considering his role had bit importance in Spiderman 2). But it’s too bad that Sony ruined their own movie. However, Sam Raimi’s essence remains the same as it was in his predecessors. Thanks to him for making sure that the heart of the Spiderman was intact through the little great moments that save this film from salvation. Because even with its flaws, the movie at its core had great emotional weight through the end, particularly Harry’s laudable character arc, and additionally, the Sandman character was enjoyable.
Nonetheless, It seems that Spider-man 3 and Far From Home are in competition. I couldn’t decide which was better, but the only thing I can think of, though, is that Far from Home is better in terms of pacing than Spiderman 3, which feels dragged out in a lot of areas.
5. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Compared to its ancestor, While Spider-Man: Far from home is an entertaining Spider-man movie, it lacks something Homecoming had. A major complaint I have with Far from home is how heavily Peter relies on Stark’s technology as if he wouldn’t have survived without it (update: I’m glad Marvel fixed this in No Way Home). Moreover, the third act of the movie fell flat, got uninspiring, and fizzled out like every other superhero movie. Despite some great visual scenes and comic scenes, it falls short of being a better film than Homecoming which was better when it comes to character motives and peter parker’s character empowerment. However, On a more positive note, Far from Home sheds light on Peter’s character, his desire to live as a typical teenage boy, and how he wants to shirk responsibilities, which humanized his character (similar to what was done in Spider-Man 2).
Even though Jack did a great job with Mysterio, his character motives were rather silly. Taking everything into consideration, Homecoming is still superior to Far from Home.
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Everything about Spider-Man: Homecoming is truly fresh, unconventional, and unique, and it is arguably the most hilarious spiderman film of all time. Regardless of what others think, Homecoming is a really entertaining high school movie that suits Peter Parker’s character so well, yet also rewrites the original Spiderman origin story to make it fresh and innovative, as it should be. But it also had a couple of flaws that made it “less than the best”, primarily that it lacked the grit as much as Spider-Man 1 had with better stakes. Other than these few qualms, it’s the best origin Spiderman movie after Spiderman 1.
What I like most about homecoming is how accurate it is to comics in terms of character traits and persona. It is Peter’s silly side, his interest in science, his kindness, helping nature, and his courage that make him what he is. In addition, Ned, Peter’s friend, adds much comic relief, and Vulture’s character, stemming from Peter’s effort to do better, and losing his suit, feels so personal in the film. I don’t know why people call him “not Spider-Man”, but he literally fought vulture with a onesie, and even after Stark took his suit, his drive and determination to stop crime and injustice can be seen to speak for itself. It shows how worthy he is, and how kind enough he is to spare the vulture’s life (since spider-man doesn’t kill anyone). Considering all of the factors, Spiderman Homecoming is an amazing reincarnation of Spiderman, and Jon Watts really understood the character, and he nailed it just as much as Tom Holland did as Spiderman and Peter Parker.
3. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
For me, Spider-Man: No Way Home is the best Spider-Man movie since Spider-Man 2, and it’s a pure euphoria for not just Spider-Man fans, but for comic-book fans all over the world. It is everything a spiderman fan would want to see, and it gives you a massive extravaganza that you will never forget. Watching No Way Home on the big screen will surely be one of your most memorable theatre experiences. It is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious cinematic events in the history of comic book movies.
Imagine all the Spider-Men you’ve ever seen on the big screen coming together in one place? Certainly, this film is the culmination of three generations of Spiderman movies. There’s the childhood hero we grew up with and the charismatic hero we all admire, and then there’s the newbie hero who has yet to realize all of his utmost potential. That is indeed an extravaganza, and it is an event that we would never have dreamt of coming true, in our wildest dreams. Thank you, Marvel and Sony, for turning this fantasy into a reality.
Nevertheless, I must admit that Spider-Man: No Way Home is not perfect. It is important for me not to get swayed by nostalgia, which may ultimately affect my judgment of the movie. Therefore, I am laying my cards on the table. One of my major problems with the movie is its script, which at times becomes overly clumsy, and the fan service outweighs the narrative. It also had moments when I thought, “Well, that could have been handled better, it could have been more epic, I felt there were missed opportunities”. In particular, the first act feels too rushed, leading you to feel a sense of wanting more, and wanting to find out how Peter is going to deal with the consequences of his trial, with more poignant confrontation scenes such as (Daredevil defending Peter in the courtroom), extensive interrogations scenes (with Peter’s friends, May, and Ned), and how he deals with protests and hurdles he encounters during that period. It’s just my personal feeling that they could have made Peter’s situation feel more real and helped us empathize with him.
Said that the film’s runtime could have extended to more 20-30 minutes, including some of my aforementioned idea scenes, considering the number of characters the film deals with, and the situation Peter finds himself in. If there were more scenes and character exploration, the narrative could have been more over-arching rather than superficial. That’s also the reason, that I don’t see any major characters arcs from Lizard and Sandman beyond the fan service. Aside from the CGI being mediocre, there was a tad gripe in terms of the way Tobey and Andrew’s spiderman came back since the idea of the portals was already used in Endgame. Moreover, on a personal note, their motif themes could have been used more. Certainly, their motif themes were played, but not in a way that left you feeling fulfilled, again which left you wanting more.
While I may be in the minority, my qualms don’t diminish the worth of this movie. This is merely a feeling of “could have been better and more”.
As for the positive aspects of this film, “Oh boy yeah”, there are a ton of unforgettable moments that we will be able to cherish and treasure for a lifetime.
- There was a long shot in Aunt May’s home
- The introductions of the villains are well-made, nostalgic, and extremely euphoric.
- Doctor Strange versus Peter: Amazing.
- Grisly and devious Green Goblin moment at Happy’s house.
- It was a wonderful depiction of Spider-Sense moments, and I think it was my favorite portrayal.
- When Aunt May died was just touching.
- Returns of Andrew and Tobey, ofcourse yeah.
- Honestly, from this point onwards, every single moment is pure bliss. Seeing their conversion and supporting Tom Spiderman, all the spidermen working on a cure, and Tobey’s back problems, they’re a complete joy.
- Andrew gets his redemption. Hell yeah!
- Tobey stops Tom from killing the green goblin.
- The ending of No Way Home is my favorite Spiderman movie ending.
The end of the movie marks a turning point for Spider-Man in the MCU and it is the moment where “Spider-Boy” turned into a true” SPIDER-MAN”. It is our Peter, who has restarted his life, sacrificed everything he has, and who has now become the real Peter Parker. By no means did I expect that No way home would end up like this, it is so visceral, emotional, and that swinging scene in New York City with the choir remixes his theme is freakishly amazing and tear-inducing. I was in pure awe and it’s chilling, and I feel like the school trilogy has come to a very satisfying conclusion.
Certainly, There are a lot of positive aspects to No way home, but it suffers a bit with some of the flaws, even though they are more personal in nature. In any case, I’m so thrilled and satisfied with what marvel and Sony have done, and I give Jon Watts enormous credit for delivering everything that fans wanted, and I’m grateful for what we’ve seen regardless of flaws, since a film isn’t always going to be perfect.
2. Spider-Man 1 (2002)
Despite the fact that people tend to say Spider-Man No Way Home is better than Spider-Man 1, in my view, Spider-Man 1 still holds superiority in certain aspects, such as the quality of the script and how epitome it was.
There are other several reasons why Spider-Man 1 works better than No Way Home:
- There is such seamless pacing throughout the film, with great harmony.
- Spiderman 1 has less clunky dialogue.
- Essentially, The Spiderman 1 is a total film, which covers every dimension of spiderman, including Peter’s love, Uncle Ben’s narrative, Aunt May’s moral support, Harry’s character arc, as well as the evil acts of the green goblin ( cherry on the cake ), cohesively making this movie more definitive and more classic.
I think I’m making sense here, however, it doesn’t necessarily mean Spider-Man No Way Home is any less good.
And the Title of Best Spider-Man Film goes to..
1. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
In my opinion, Spider-Man 2 remains not only the best spiderman movie of all time but also one of the greatest comic book movies ever made. Spider-man 2’s theme and its essence sums up and illustrates why it stands out from the rest.
The idea of a hero struggling to balance personal life and superhero life, while avoiding the obligations of responsibility, is the basic core of Spiderman 2. It is a theme that is rarely explored in other superhero films, which is part of the reason why Spiderman 2 is one of the best comic book movies. The movie explores the basic tenet of responsibility and sacrifice. Peter Parker is indecisive about his life choices at the moment. The moment where Peter Parker lets go of his responsibility is the point where the film humanizes the character, and it is enough to explain why this film stands out from other superhero movies. There is much realism and sensitivity in this story, as well as first-class storytelling. It is an overlooked theme and the fact that Spider-Man did so well to deal with that idea under the direction of Sam Raimi with Tobey, Kirsten, Alfred, and James making one of the most extraordinary stories in the canon of comic book movies.