Superhero movies have been some of the most popular and beloved movies in the world for over a decade now. We’ve seen the incredible worlds of the Avengers, the Man of Steel, and the Dark Knight gain in popularity and make indelible marks on our hearts and minds. While other heroes have thrived over the years, one stands out for his near perfect adaptation from comic-book to the silver screen – Spiderman.
This article will provide an overview of all the cinematic iterations of our beloved wall crawler, and rank them from best to worst. Let’s begin with the best.
Sam Raimi’s Spiderman Trilogy:
The oft imitated but never truly replicated trilogy of Spiderman movies released between 2002 and 2007, will remain near and dear to the hearts of many die-hard fans. Made shortly after the increased popularity of the comic series and firmly entrenched within the comic book movie wave, these movies focused on the origin story of Peter Parker as he went from a high school student to a hero.
This trilogy is one of the most beloved interpretations of the Spider-Man comics, and its namesakes Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and director Sam Raimi will draw a fond tear of joy from many a fan. It was this cinematic endeavour that allowed us the opportunity to really dive into the psychological and emotional arc of Peter Parker as he struggles with his newfound powers and defending the ones he loves.
The Amazing Spider-Man:
Soaring high on the popularity of the Sam Raimi trilogy, we arrived at the turbulent, tumultuous The Amazing Spider-Man. Kicking the series off in 2012 and widely panned by critics and fans alike, The Amazing Spider Man was widely unpopular among fans and critics, yet it is still worth noting as a big-budget and comparatively successful production. The film rebooted the series to focus almost entirely on the origin story of Spiderman and the villainous Lizard.
While the film lacks much of the detail that fans of Sam Raimi’s mighty trilogy will recognise and appreciate, it still held a greater emotional core with audience, and Andrew Garfield more than ably filled the shoes of Peter Parker.
The Amazing Spider-man 2:
Despite the less than stellar reception of the first film, a part two was commissioned and released in 2014, much to the surprise of all involved. The Amazing Spider-man 2 focused on the origins of several new Spider-man villains and served as a sequel to the established themes of the original reboot.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
While Spider-Man: Homecoming ended up being a box office success, the movie’s release was preceded by a fair bit of uncertainty. After all, this was the third Spider-Man reboot of the century and the first within the connected Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, director Jon Watts and Tom Holland (coming off a great debut in Captain America: Civil War) helped the flick stand out amongst its predecessors.
The story followed a younger Peter Parker just beginning his vigilante career, resulting in a bright and largely lighthearted film that fans were more than happy to embrace. It also featured some nice nods to the Raimi trilogy with the introduction of Michael Keaton’s Vulture.
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (2018)
The powerhouse Marvel Studios triumphed again in 2018 with the animated feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, this time by introducing a multidimensional wall crawler. An all-star cast that included the likes of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Nicolas Cage, and Hailee Steinfeld brought the groundbreaking movie to life.
The flick was a huge hit among both fans and critics alike, being the first ever Spider-Man feature film to win an Academy Award. The movie was praised for its stunning animation and packed storyline, with many saying that it resembles a comic book come to life.
Spiderman: Far From Home (2019)
Riding high off the successes of both Homecoming and Into the Spiderverse, Marvel struck another great hit in 2019 with the Tom Holland starring Far From Home, which took place shortly after the events of Avengers: Endgame. This flick did a brilliant job of tackling the effects that the events of Endgame had on our beloved wall crawler, while also providing a powerful standalone story that cemented our hero’s place in the multiverse.
Far From Home also featured our first introduction to the criminally underused villain Mysterio and ended with a twist that left fans everywhere begging for more.
Ranking of Best Spiderman Movies:
Based on its overall box office success, critical reception, and fan accolades, here is our top 5 ranking of best Spiderman movies:
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse (2018)
Spiderman 2 (2004)
Spiderman: Far From Home (2019)
The Amazing Spiderman (2012)
Now that we’ve taken an in-depth look at the best Spiderman movies of the 21st century and ranked them accordingly, it’s time to hang up your spider webs and be sure to catch up on all of these fantastic films. Here’s to hoping that the Amazing Spiderman continues to enthrall us with his captivating adventures, unique humour, and rebellious take on heroism.