- Sony and Disney’s Spider-Man partnership has come to an end after the two sides could not reach an agreement over the character’s future movie appearances.
- “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is the first “Spider-Man” movie to hit $1 billion worldwide and is getting rereleased with an extra scene.
- We ranked every “Spider-Man” movie worst to best, from 2002’s “Spider-Man” to “Far From Home.”
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Sony and Disney’s Spider-Man partnership has come to an end after the two sides could not reach an agreement over the character’s future movie appearances. Unless a deal is finally reached, Marvel Studios won’t be involved in future movies.
With Sony and Disney parting ways, we ranked every “Spider-Man” movie from worst to best, including the Marvel Cinematic Universe entries and “Venom,” which doesn’t star the web-slinging superhero but is part of Sony’s expanded Spider-Man film universe.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is now in theaters. It’s the first “Spider-Man” movie to hit $1 billion globally and is getting an expanded release next week with an extra scene.
It marks the latest successful “Spider-Man” movie from the last few years.
The “Far From Home” predecessor, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” earned $880 million worldwide in 2017. Last year’s “Venom” made a surprising $855 million globally. And the animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” made $375 million worldwide and won the Oscar for best animated feature earlier this year.
Below is every Spider-Man movie, ranked from worst to best:
9. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014)
The first “Amazing Spider-Man” hardly justifies its existence, which makes its sequel all the more pointless. It doesn’t do itself any favors by failing to learn the lessons of “Spider-Man 3” — there are too many plot points and too many villains. We get the Green Goblin (again), Electro, and five seconds of the Rhino that actor Paul Giamatti somehow agreed to.
8. “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012)
“The Amazing Spider-Man,” from director Marc Webb, is more of an excuse for Sony to keep the rights to the character than an actual movie (it must release a “Spider-Man” movie every five years if it wants to keep the rights to the character and 900 related Marvel characters). Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone’s chemistry is the best part, but beyond that, it’s basically a remake of Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man.” We had already seen the origin story done as well as it could be. There was no reason to do it all over again.
7. “Venom” (2018)
“Venom” is by no means a good movie. But in a few years, I’ll remember it more than the “Amazing Spider-Man” movies simply for how it managed to become a success story despite poor reviews. For better or for worse, Venom is here to stay, and that’s more than can be said of “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
6. “Spider-Man 3” (2007)
Venom originally made his big-screen appearance in “Spider-Man 3,” played by Topher Grace to disappointing results (and that describes the entire movie). After “Spider-Man 2” wowed audiences, there were high expectations for “Spider-Man 3,” but it is ultimately brought down by a messy plot. In hindsight, it would have been a better movie without Venom, as it already featured two other villains: Sandman and Harry Osborn, whose story arc was the connective tissue of director Sam Raimi’s original trilogy.
5. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (2019)
“Far From Home” is bigger and louder than its predecessor, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and it doesn’t always work. The movie arrives after “Avengers: Endgame,” so it plays a balancing act of giving us the teenage Peter Parker we loved in “Homecoming” and wrapping up some loose ends with “Endgame.” By the end of the movie, I was left hoping that this Peter Parker would just grow up already.
4. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017)
“Homecoming” did what “The Amazing Spider-Man” failed to do: revive the franchise with a fresh take. Tom Holland is a fantastic, energetic Peter Parker/Spider-Man who fits nicely into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Most importantly, “Homecoming” is fun, and doesn’t recycle storylines from the previous movies.
3. “Spider-Man” (2002)
Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Spider-Man” told the simple origin of a popular superhero, and focused on how that would affect the character and his loved ones in a contained storyline. There were no spin-offs and no shared universe. That feels like something from a bygone era, which makes it all the more special now.
2. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018)
“Into the Spider-Verse” is a ridiculous title, and the movie itself is ridiculous in the best possible way. It’s also full of heart, and understands what makes Spider-Man not only a great character, but such an important one, no matter who wears the mask.
1. “Spider-Man 2” (2004)
“Spider-Man 2” remains one of the best superhero movies of all time. It improves on everything the first movie did so well, as any great sequel should. Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus is an all-time great villain performance, as well.