Fans of Spider-Man haven't suffered any kind of shortage of Marvel's flagship superhero up on the big screen. The character has been rebooted twice since 2002, one of the rare instances of possessing three different film franchises. With the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, there are now six Spider-Man films, some of them great, some of them not so much. Now that we've all had a little time to digest Homecoming, it's time to put these films against each other and see how they stack.
Spider-Man sits in a unique position. His six films have marked both the high and low points of the superhero genre, a legacy of adventures that can't be ignored by anyone. These movies are warnings of what to avoid and symbols of what can be achieved. Hollywood keeps trying to perfect the Spider-Man formula, and these are all the Spider-Man films ranked from worst to best.
Spider-Man 3 was the third and final movie of the Sam Raimi trilogy and it killed the entire franchise. In the film, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is basking in his newfound popularity with the people of New York and looking to take things to the next level with his girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). But then along comes some black ooze from outer space to muck things up, warping Peter into an emo jazz demon while the Sandman (who's actually pretty good here, but making him Uncle Ben's killer was unnecessary) and Harry Osborn have villainous plans of their own.
Spider-Man 3 is almost forcibly bad -- which might just be the case if those rumors of Sam Raimi purposefully tanking the film have any weight. It's a huge decline in quality from the previous entry as it gives in to some of the worst of Raimi's vices. The campy humor is way too over the top here, to the point where the film has been transformed into an endless meme factory. It's hard to take anything that's happening seriously when you're laughing at James Franco gush about pie (So Good).
This is the first of the Spider-Man films to buckle under its own weight. Studio meddling forced Venom into the scenario, giving it three villains to contend with and thus wasn't able to devote a satisfying amount of time to any of the storylines. Filled with poor story and acting choices, Spider-Man 3 -- despite having real solid action -- was ultimately a big disappointment that forced Sony to reboot the franchise.