Superhero movies are still all the rage at the box office and it’s easy to forget where it all began. No, not Iron Man and the beginning of expanded universe franchises but the early 2000’s with the very first X-Men trilogy and Spiderman. Oh how times have changed. Since those days, we’ve had 3 different reboots of the Spiderman franchise, each with varying degrees of success? With Spiderman Homecoming starring Tom Holland now in cinemas, I decided to rewatch all of the old Spidey movies before checking out the new movie and rank them. Click through to find out where they all place.
The Amazing Spiderman 2
Easily the worst of the Spiderman movies, The Amazing Spiderman 2 does get some things right but a lot wrong. The chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone is as undeniable as ever but a subpar villain in Electro (Jamie Foxx wasted) and an unbelievable friendship with Harry Osborne (Dane Dehan) really drags the whole thing down. It’s a pretty standard superhero movie which 10 years ago would have been fine but in this world of countless superhero movies, it was way below par.
The third movie in a trilogy always seems to be the one that struggles the most? And Spiderman 3 was no exception. To be fair Sam Raimi, it’s not entirely his fault as apparently the studio forced him to include Venom and therefore overstuff the movie with new villains. Sandman would have been interesting enough but his story wasn’t fleshed out enough due to the time allocated to Green Goblin 2 and Venom. And then there’s of course, the absolutely awful scenes where Peter Parker has become affected by the venom suit and is acting like an arsehole. It’s so incredibly cringe to watch, I often hide behind my pillow as it’s so embarrassing to watch. I can see what they were trying to achieve with this movie but it didn’t really work. Sorry!
The Amazing Spiderman
The first reboot and it’s a pretty solid movie. It does suffer from repeating much of the same story as the first Spiderman movie. I would like to know why they thought a rebooted origin story was the right thing to do so soon? That said, Andrew Garfield was an interesting choice for Spiderman. I think he was too cool to play Peter Parker but he’s also very charismatic. His chemistry with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey was undeniable, they truly sparked off one another. I liked the villain and the overall story, could have just done without the origin stuff again.
I only saw this movie a few days ago and I really enjoyed this. It’s very different from the other movies – it’s a lot lighter, much more in line with the other Marvel movies but the lightness and comedy fits Spiderman well. It feels natural. Tom Holland is without a doubt the best Spiderman we’ve had yet. It’s as if the role was made for him. I actually wonder why they always cast him older now. The only downside is that it comes in a time when superhero movies are everywhere so the fatigue is seeping in. I’m intrigued to see where they take the franchise next.
Where it all began, I have a real soft spot for this movie. I think because I was still a kid when this was released in cinemas so it has the nostalgia factor but I just think it’s such a well put together movie. I love Tobey Maguire as Spiderman (I don’t care what anyone says okay!) and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson. They have a real chemistry together and it was just a well told story. I even liked the villain Green Goblin even if it was a little one dimensional (a common issue in superhero movies).
I’m sure Marvel will try their best but I don’t think they will ever top Spiderman 2. It takes everything from the first movie that worked and builds on it. I really enjoyed following Peter Parkers journey as he struggles between managing his life and his duty as Spiderman. It’s an issue a lot of people face in their lives – finding the right balance. His relationship with Mary Jane and Harry are as complicated as ever and I enjoyed watching those develop. But the true outstanding star in Spiderman 2 is the villain. Doctor Octopus. A villain with a backstory and a purpose. He’s not just evil cause he wants to be. There’s a reason behind his actions. Other superhero movies should look to Spiderman 2 and see how a villain should be done. Villains are often the most interesting characters so they need that character development.
And there we have it. There will be plenty more Spiderman movies in the future so let’s hope they continue to be great movies.