Spider-Man has been my favorite Marvel superhero for my whole life. He’s probably the most relatable superhero out there. Seeing him on the big screen is a wonder to behold, but just because I enjoy watching all the movies, doesn’t mean that they’re all good. I thought I’d take the chance, and respectively rank every Spider-Man film from worst to best.
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Although I loved it upon first seeing it, there’s no denying that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the worst Spider-Man movie. It has some positives, such as great lead performances, nice moments, such as the one with the young kid at the end, and kind of fantastic cinematography. However, the bad definitely outweighs the good in this case. The pretty weak, messy script is the least of which. The plot is jumbled. The biggest offense is shoving Green Goblin and the death of Gwen Stacy into the film, and ultimately taking away from Electro as the main villain. Electro is also very weak, not to the fault of Jamie Foxx, he’s just a bad character all around, with a stupid motivation for hating Spider-Man. We never really learn to care about Peter’s relationship with his father, but they can’t help but remind you that it is supposed to be a focus of this series, without actually getting deep into it. It’s fun, but it’s just messy and kind of dumb.
Final Rating: 6/10
7. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t very different from it’s sequel. It’s a little less messy, but also maybe a little less fun. It’s trying to be darker, which in my opinion Spider-Man shouldn’t be. Spider-Man is a bit more quippy and less mopey than the Raimi films, which is nice to see, and I really do like Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, but I’ve seen them perform much better outside of these movies. The film just doesn’t work when it’s trying to be dark and artsy, but it does work when it’s just trying to be fun. Unfortunately, the Lizard isn’t really that interesting to me in this film, and although it’s trying to be different from the Raimi films, I do think it should have stuck just a little bit closer to the comic book origin. Also, that suit is really bad.
Final Rating: 6/10
6. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Growing up, Spider-Man 3 was my favorite Spider-Man movie, and probably one of my favorite movies at the time. A part of me still really likes the movie, but it is objectively a bad movie. Shoving Venom and the New Goblin into the plot didn’t help, and of course everyone complains about goth Peter Parker. It’s cringey and probably the worst part about the movie. If they would have just kept it simple, and had Sandman be the only villain, it could’ve been quite good. The Gwen Stacy character and drama with Mary Jane are also really unnecessary, and only used to create further conflict. Either way, Spider-Man has definitely never looked better in this trilogy, and it does have some really fun moments.
Final Rating: 6.5/10
5. Spider-Man (2002)
Finally, we’re getting into the good Spider-Man films. Spider-Man is a classic. It’s cheesy, but it’s cheesy in a good way. It’s exactly what a Spider-Man origin film should be. The cast is fantastic, with Willem Dafoe being my close-to definitive Norman Osborn, and early James Franco as Harry Osborn. Tobey Maguire is a great Peter Parker, but I don’t think he’s really a perfect Spider-Man, though he has all the right emotions. J.K. Simmons is perfect as J. Jonah Jameson, and Kirsten Dunst gives probably her best performance as Mary Jane here. The film also has great transitions and shots. This trilogy is basically known for the web swinging sequences. I can’t say enough good things about this film, even if it hasn’t aged perfectly, it’s so fun and the script is unironically really strong. It’s really a miracle that they pulled off the first Spider-Man film this well.
Final Rating: 8/10
4. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
If Spider-Man was a perfect Spider-Man origin film, Spider-Man 2 is the perfect Spider-Man sequel. As a great sequel is supposed to do, it takes what worked in the first film and raises it, while being different from the first. Every action scene is a spectacle, and Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus is amazing. I really can’t think of one bad thing to say. It’s so emotional and yet so much fun.
Final Rating: 9/10
3. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
A lot of people might disagree with me for putting Spider-Man: Far From Home this high on the list. I really love the Marvel Cinematic Universe interpretation of Spider-Man for many reasons, which I will get into more when talking about the first film in the series. This movie is hilarious and has great performances. To me, it’s just another great Spider-Man adventure. It’s an excellent follow up to Avengers: Endgame. While still addressing the sad, climactic event of this universe, It’s likely one of the funniest Marvel movies. I love Jake Gyllenhaal and he has a lot of fun here. Even though I knew Mysterio was truly a villain because of the comics, I still loved the way they connected his reveal to the MCU. I also really like the direction this series is going, as this movie shows Peter can make it on his own. My only complaints are the bad cinematography, the scene on the bus was kind of dumb, and the post-credit scene was dumb to me, but I liked the mid-credit scene.
Final Rating: 9/10
2. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
While the sequel was about Peter learning to make it on his own, Spider-Man: Homecoming is about him learning to be a superhero in the first place. This is exactly what I want from a Spider-Man film. This is MY Spider-man, the guy I read in the comics. Tom Holland does an excellent job with the comedy, and his performance all around. Tony Stark is in the film for exactly as much as he should be, and doesn’t take over. Michael Keaton is amazing as the Vulture and probably one of the best MCU villains. This movie shows how Peter reacts to the universe around him. It teaches him how to be stronger.. It’s just a whole lot of fun and I love how it’s portrayed kind of as a high school film.
Final Rating: 9.5/10
1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the most perfect Spider-Man movie out there. Amazing animation, good lessons, amazing spirit. It doesn’t pull any of the punches, while also being appropriate for anyone who watches it. I don’t know if there will ever be a Spider-Man movie that beats it, because it truly understands who Spider-Man is, and can be. Miles Morales gives a different point of view, and I love the voice cast. It’s one of the most creative and different comic book based films. I can’t describe just how spectacular it is and I would recommend it to anyone, no matter what.
Final Rating: 10/10 (Yep, that’s right)
That is my ranking of all the Spider-Man films. As you can probably tell, I take this character very seriously, and he is very close to my heart. The character’s timeless and I never get tired of seeing him on the big screen. We can only hope for the future of this character in the film, and also hope it only gets better. Remember, anyone can wear the mask.