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With the upcoming release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, I decided to do a ranking of the Spider-Man movies. I couldn't wait until No Way Home, so you guys (luckily) get it now! Most of the Spider-Man movies are very good to great with the exception of the bottom two. Otherwise, I enjoy every movie on this list. I have not seen The Amazing Spider-Man, but I have seen its sequel, so don't think that I missed it. I will add it to the list when I watch it. I will also update this list when Let There Be Carnage and No Way Home come out.
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Venom is a mess from start to finish. It's a bad movie that suffers from a muddled plot and a cliche villain. The tone is all over the place. The story is incredibly convoluted. It uses a ton of science jargon that I do not like. I guess I can enjoy the bromance between Eddie Brock and Venom, as well as Tom Hardy's whack job performance. I'm excited for Let There Be Carnage, and hopefully, it will redeem the Venom series.
7. Spider-Man 3
I laugh every time I think about Spider-Man 3. The only reason it isn't last on this list is because it's almost in the "so bad it's good" range. I mean, we have an emo Peter Parker dance in this movie! It's hilarious. However, when you are actually trying to take the film seriously and want it to be a good finale to Raimi's trilogy, it's pretty disappointing. Once again, the emo Peter Parker is just a complete misfire. The inclusion of Venom was completely forced. None of the characters are likable here...at all. It's a wobbly ending for the classic Spider-Man trilogy, and, hopefully, No Way Home won't suffer the same fate.
6. Spider-Man 2
Everyone loves Spider-Man 2. Some people have called it the best superhero movie of all time. I just can't get there. It's decent. Doctor Octopus is a great villain and certain scenes, like the train sequence or the hospital sequence) are really, really good. However, Spider-Man is sidelined in this movie for Peter Parker. I hate Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker, so I like it much better when he's dressed up as the web-slinger. But, in Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker is given the limelight over Spider-Man. Peter loses his powers for a bit in the middle act, and that part is just such a slog. It turns into this weird 2000s rom-com for a few minutes in the middle. It's really strange.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
On the complete flip side of Spider-Man 2, people hate The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I understand why. The film suffers from villain-itis: way too many villains make for an overstuffed movie. Electro, Rhino, and Green Goblin all appear in this movie. Now, I know. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 would've been a Sinister Six movie. They needed to throw these three villains in this movie to set up the Sinister Six, but, since that film never happened, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now a very odd movie inside of the Spider-Man film series. On an emotional level, it works. The acting from Garfield and Stone is great. It's just bogged down by a trio of not great villains that overshadow everything else in the movie.
Point of reference: every film from now on is great. I would give all of these next four movies a Sweet.
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Homecoming is tons of fun. It delivers everything you'd want from a solo Spider-Man movie in the MCU. Tom Holland brings a new sense of charm and innocence to the character. It deftly blends the vibe of John Hughes rom-coms with the superhero genre. Vulture is one of the best MCU villains. The twist near the end of the film is also one of the best moments in the MCU. I don't think it's quite as good as the next few movies, but still a super fun movie.
3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
In a world where superhero movies dominate the industry of film, Into the Spider-Verse blew expectations out of the water with one of the most unique superhero films ever made. The animation style here is nothing like you've ever seen before. The idea of the Spider-Verse is a super fun concept in and of itself. There's just so many great things about this movie. I love the mentor-student relationship between Peter and Miles. I love how it's able to juggle a bunch of characters and villains and not be overstuffed. I'm super excited to see where Into the Spider-Verse 2 takes us.
X-Men may have been the start of the modern superhero movie. But Spider-Man is the one that sent the genre flying. This was the start to the dominion of superhero movies. Besides its cultural impact, this is a great movie. The origin of Spider-Man is told perfectly. Green Goblin is one of the greatest adaptations of a superhero villain ever. Spider-Man is a truly amazing movie that holds up to this day.
1. Spider-Man: Far From Home
I had to make the decision between Spider-Man and Far From Home, and, obviously, I chose Far From Home. This movie is great. It wraps up the Infinity Saga with a nice epilogue that displays the consequences of Endgame really well. Mysterio is one of the coolest villains I can remember. He is menacing and cruel, but also has the Jake Gyllenhaal charm to him. The visuals and action are amazing, especially that illusion sequence near the end of the movie. The twist of the after-credits is going to have major implications on the MCU, because it will lead to No Way Home. I'm hoping that No Way Home will take the top spot on this list, but it has a high bar with Far From Home.