It’s been a while since I’ve done a ranking on something. And with the direction the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going, and with the added rumor of a new trailer for “Spider-Man: Long Way Home” coming soon, I’d thought that a ranking of the previous movies is in order! (Luckily, this list won’t be as long as my Batman movie ranking!) As always, we start with the worst to the best in the rankings list. So, with that in mind, here we go!
Spider-Man: Far From Home
I’m gonna be straight with you guys; I don’t like the MCU version of Spider-Man. Not that I don’t like Tom Holland as an actor. He’s actually a great actor, and he makes the material work for him. The main issue is that instead of being Spider-Man, he feels more like Iron Man Jr. Through the course of two movies, this version of Peter is constantly worrying about Tony Stark’s legacy and what would Tony do rather than what would Spider-Man do. Plus, the villain Mysterio was just another disgruntled Stark employee. The visuals were great, and Holland and Zendaya have some great chemistry, but that’s pretty much it for me.
Most of the reasons why I hate Far From Home still stand for Homecoming. However, they’re some good things about Homecoming which I do like. Michael Keaton as The Vulture was one of the best and most relatable villains in the MCU. All he wanted was to provide a better lifestyle for his wife and daughter. And that scene where Vulture is in the same car with Peter, realizing that his daughter’s date is actually Spider-Man? Genius. Plus, the scene where Peter is trapped in the rubble and must motivate himself to get out? Straight from the comics! My final diamond in this rough movie is when Tony lectures Peter about being a hero.
The Amazing Spider-Man
After the Sam Rami trilogy, Sony wanted to go back to basics and tell a more “realistic” Spider-Man movie, with some backstory about Peter’s parents being secret spies. While I’m of the mind that actor Toby Maguire is the best Peter Parker, Andrew Garfield is the best live-action Spider-Man! His jokes land and don’t feel forced, his suit looks like something Nike would make, and he really doesn’t become Spider-Man until over half the film, when he saves a little boy from a car accident. Before, he was just on a quest for revenge to catch Uncle Ben’s killer. But, putting his life on the line to do what Uncle Ben was trying to tell him earlier, just feels more earned. The Lizard was ok, I guess. And you can clearly tell that this short-lived franchise was going for the “Sinister Six” story. But Sony and Disney came to some sort of deal, so that’s dead.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Ok, you know the saying, “Too many cooks in the kitchen”? Well, this movie has too many villains in the story. Not only do we have Jamie Foxx as Electro, but we also must deal with Peter’s friend Harry Osborn as the Green Goblin, and Paul Giamatti as the Rhino, AND we still have a whole underused backstory about Peter’s spy parents AND another setup for the “Sinister Six” arc. However, not only did we get an EPIC musical score from Hans Zimmer, but we finally got a comic-book accurate suit! Plus, this may be the best “well-acted” Spider-Man movie, especially with the death of Gwen Stacy happening just like the comics.
Although this movie also suffers from the same issues with too many villains in one story, (Venom, Sandman, and the New Goblin) Spider-Man 3 perhaps has a redeeming quality. Consequence. Peter is feeling himself, being caught up in being Spider-Man, that he neglects Mary-Jane (the love of his life, who he spent two movies trying to woo over, mind you!) finds out that his uncle’s killer is still on the loose and his friendship with Harry Osborn is in ruins due to Harry believing that Peter killed Harry’s dad. And due to the alien symbiote that’s affecting Peter’s emotions, he drives almost everyone away. It’s only until he learns to forgive others and himself, that Peter redeems himself.
The one that started it all, back then we never thought a Spider-Man movie would work. But they did the impossible. I don’t need to tell you that this movie was great. I don’t need to tell you the whole backstory of how Peter got bitten by a radioactive spider and had to learn the most important lesson; “with great power comes great responsibility”. While the movie is kinda dated by today’s standards, it’s still one of the best origin stories ever. And the web-swinging is still amazing!
Perhaps the best live-action Spider=Man movie on the list, Spider-Man 2 did everything that the first one did, but better. The romance between Peter and Mary-Jane, the broken friendship with Peter and Harry, the tragic villain of Dr. Octopus, the action, and the twist of Peter giving up being Spider-Man only to be reminded of his uncle’s words to him. Spider-Man 2 may be outdated, as most of the Rami movies, but it captures the essence of what Spider-Man is all about; sacrificing what you want to do what is necessary. It may not always be fair, but that’s what Spider-Man’s life is all about.
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
After the MCU Spider-Man movies, I gave up hope that anyone could make another film where I felt something about the character. When Into the Spiderverse dropped, not only was I surprised, but I was also overjoyed that we got a movie about multiple Spider-people! The main character is Miles Morales, a broken version of Peter Parker, Spider-Gwen, even Spider-Pig! The message was clear and delivered perfectly; “Anyone can wear the mask”. And Miles’ transition from scared teen to confidant Spider-Man, perfection! I could write an entire blog about this movie (maybe I will), but that’s for another day!
That’s my list for the Spider-Man movies! What did you think? Post your thoughts below, and till next time fellow blerds!