Spider-Man Movies Ranked

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 31 Dec 2016 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

This is how I rank all of the Spider-Man 'solo' films to be released, meaning the film must focus on him as a central character (which therefore excludes 'Captain America: Civil War'), from best (#1) to worst.

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1. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

83 Metascore

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco

Votes: 497,984 | Gross: $373.59M

While close to the original in terms of quality (in my book), the sequel just tops the first because it tells a slightly more nuanced and mature tale; Doc Ock is a great villain, the action sequences are fantastic and the story really resonates.

2. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 637,211 | Gross: $403.71M

Who would have though that the director of the 'Evil Dead' trilogy would tackle Spider-Man, but this super-hero pioneer is an entertaining film still to this day. Sure, the Goblin is a little hammy and the flick can be a little cheesy, but it is also surprisingly brutal at times and is real fun throughout - blockbuster film-making with flair that's much better than the washed-out, generic stuff we so often get nowadays.

3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

87 Metascore

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman | Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 200,264 | Gross: $190.24M

4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei

Votes: 419,721 | Gross: $334.20M

It skips the origin entirely while focusing on a younger Spider-Man who's less experienced and less innately powerful, allowing for a unique film that gives us something we haven't seen before; the villain is also the best since Doc Ock and it's really fun when it gets going.

5. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 458,992 | Gross: $336.53M

There's a few cringe-worthy sequences, too many underdeveloped villains, who are certainly the work of an interfering studio, and the narrative is generally overstuffed to the point where nothing really has time to have a proper impact but this is still an entertaining film that has some enjoyable sequences and some nice character moments; even when it is bad, at least it's still interesting.

6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

When New York is put under siege by Oscorp, it is up to Spider-Man to save the city he swore to protect as well as his loved ones.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 386,843 | Gross: $202.85M

It honestly isn't terrible, there's some enjoyment and decent set-pieces, but it isn't good either as it's messy and suffers from a dull, overly complicated narrative filled with disappointingly rushed and underdeveloped villains; the suit and action are better than the first 'Amazing Spider-Man' film, but there's just as much dull filler inbetween.

7. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 523,765 | Gross: $262.03M

We were promised the 'untold story' but instead we got a repeat of what was done much better before and a Peter Parker that was much more hipster than nerd. The relationship between Peter and Gwen is compelling and the Spider-Man stunts are convincing, but the film just feels generic and generally redundant too.

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