All the Spider-Man movies ranked, from No Way Home to Into the Spider-Verse

All the Spider-Man movies ranked, from No Way Home to Into the Spider-Verse
No Way Home has entered the arena. But how does it stack up against the other Spidey escapades?

The reviews are in and Spider-Man: No Way Home, the latest Spidey escapade starring Tom Holland, has apparently stuck the landing. It promised to be the biggest Spider-Man movie ever — and delivered.

But as a standalone movie, how does it actually compare to previous flicks? Taking into consideration it’s necessary to watch all previous Spider-Man installments to appreciate No Way Home, does it work as a good movie on its own?

Scroll down to see where we’ve placed it in our ranking, and decide whether to agree with us when you get a chance to see it for yourself.

A weird parody of the earlier, far better Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, Spider-Man 3 was heavily criticized upon its release and rightfully so.

But the years have been kind to it, partly thanks to the reservoir of memes that evolved in its wake. No movie — save maybe Lord of the Rings or the Star Wars prequel trilogy — has been as responsible for as many GIFs and memes as Spider-Man 3. In that respect re-watching it is a new, unique experience. Upon its release it was bloated and strange, in 2021 it’s an incredible amount of fun.

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All the work The Amazing Spider-Man did to set up Peter as a rough-around-the-edges Spider-Man who still had some figuring out to do in terms of his moral compass, came crashing in on itself in this sequel.

Peter became the most chatty and confident Spidey iteration, torn between dragging Gwen into his drama, rekindling friendships from when he was a barely conscious pre-teen (no wonder Harry was confused when Peter turned up at his door step) and exploding a poor man with electricity. Let’s definitely not mention the increasingly awkward scenes with Aunt May.

As bloated and chaotic as Maguire’s Spider-Man 3. It’ll give you nightmares about the Green Goblin and not for the right reasons.

In a post-blip world, this Spider Man flick does a great job of returning to the core of what I love about the movies in general. The romance and awkwardness between Peter and MJ gives a really nostalgic feel to this one, even if the rest of the film is more flash than substance at times.

The effects are impressive, the twist is fine and Jake Gyllenhaal is a charismatic addition to the franchise — but what we care most about is Peter and his friends. Which is exactly what these films thrive on! Yes, he swings and has crazy spider skills, but he’s also a high school kid with a crazy crush on his best friend. Seeing him deal with that as well as an element-controlling villain hellbent on destroying the world and the grief from the death of his mentor? That’s what I’m here for.

I’m here to tell you that this movie’s rap for being a fairly mediocre film is — well, it’s only somewhat fair.

The fittingly named Marc Webb, who directed (500) Days of Summer, made the whole first third of this movie feel like a small independent film. Peter goggling at Gwen from across the classroom. ‘Til Kingdom Come, originally written by Coldplay to be performed with Johnny Cash, playing over the skateboard scene.

And then there’s Peter’s Spider-Man movements actually mirroring skateboarding moves, as well as being more spider-like than his counterparts. Andrew Garfield’s stutter, jazz hands and general endearing weirdness. The surprisingly sexy bare chest scene.

Some parts of this movie rule. If only its comedy wasn’t so cringe and forced. If only there weren’t so many depressing deaths. Garfield is underrated and I hope he gets another chance via the multiverse in Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man 3.

— Jennifer Bisset

Where to watch it: The Amazing Spider-Man is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video, and also available to stream on Starz, which costs $8.99 per month.

 

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