Twenty Years of Spider-Man in the Movies: The Movies to Watch and the Movies to Forget

RANKING – With Spider-Man: No Way Home, no less than nine feature films devoted to Spider-Man have woven their web in dark rooms. For better or for worse.

The red costume and the spider threads swing fiercely from movie theater to movie theater. With the Halloween season already over, this can only be a new adventure from Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man. The ninth in twenty years. The meeting place for fans of Spider-Man, this slender character created almost 60 years ago by Stan Lee, in the pages of Marvel comics, clearly continues to amaze new millions of spectators at regular intervals. And to delight Hollywood, the presales and previews of the latest comer of the saga – Spider-Man: No Way Home – having already grossed more than $ 50 million at the American box office, before its opening weekend.

This frenzy has its virtuous reasons, considers Olivier Delcroix’s criticism for Le Figaro , who greets a “Smart blockbuster”, kneaded with “Touch of impertinence”. This success was far from being won in advance, as shown by several of the previous parts of this saga twice restarted. Overview of these past productions, from the most frankly failed to the most hailed.

8- Spider-Man 3

Honest whoever thinks badly about it. The last installment of Sam Raimi’s trilogy left a bitter taste to the spectators who were eager to discover in 2007 the high point of the adventures of Spider-Man played by Tobey Maguire. The film doesn’t just line up a tasteless love quadrilateral and a disappointing finale. It displays above all a Peter Parker having twisted, under a corrupting influence, into a slanderous scoundrel. His dancing shows have since made the happiness of the same people and of the whole Internet. In the absence of moviegoers.

7- The Amazing Spider-Man: A Hero’s Fate

Released in 2014, the second film Spiderman directed by Marc Webb is just one example of a bloated sequel released in a rush, two years after a very promising feature film. Crushed by an accumulation of monotonous subplots and uninspired enemies, the story tries to set up several back-to-back sequels that will never see the light of day. Supernatural of this set the magnetic and adorable couple formed by Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). And a tragic end.

6- Spider-Man: Far From Home

For his second feature film about Spider-Man played by Tom Holland, director Jon Watts sends Spider-Man and his comrades on a school trip across Europe. The opportunity for the hesitant Peter Parker to mingle with Mary Jane (Zendaya) and to put his red suit in the closet. A carelessness on which will capitalize Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). Tartuffe drunk on revenge, follower of technological sleight of hand, the character offers the film several beautiful sequences of surreal hallucinations. And one more thought on surrogate fathers.

5- Spider-Man: Homecoming

Presented in 2016 in Captain America: Civil War , Tom Holland plays the youngest Spider-Man at 20. He opposes his candid greenness to the face, weathered by the tests, of Michael Keaton. The star of Batman by Tim Burton and, more recently, by Birdman It embodies the Vulture, a former employee drunk with rage towards Tony Stark, the flamboyant Iron Man who serves as a mentor to Spider-Man. Generations clash intelligently in this new beginning of an epic rethought for the era of smartphones and social networks. The Spider-Man is dead, long live the Adulescent Spider.

4- The Amazing Spider-Man

The new beginning – vintage 2014 – of the adventures of the Spider-Man. Eager for dynamism and rhythm, director Marc Webb weaves action scenes of great fluidity and engages his audience in a punchy reinvention of the Spiderman gesture. Both darker and funnier, this “incredible Spider-Man” is also embodied with infectious pleasure by the duo Andrew Garfield – Emma Stone. Too bad that the antagonist of the day, the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and his story of the forced evolution of humanity seem to have been decided in a hurry, on the eve of the shooting.

3- Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a failed sequel. This is not the case with Spider-Man 2. Stricken with love, power and, more generally, meaning in life, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) takes refuge in the reassuring arcana of nuclear fusion, under the auspices of the affable Otto Octavius ​​(Alfred Molina). Transformed into Doctor Octopus armed with metal pincers, his path soon crossed that of the filigree protector of New York. Punctuated by a breathtaking sequence of confrontations around the city’s skytrain, the film ends with an unexpected sacrifice. Heart touching.

2- Spider-Man: New Generation

Animated feature film released in 2018, also known by its original title Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the film features the young Miles Morales, in his daily life in Brooklyn. Resuming the Spider-Man outfit after the hero’s death, the novice superhero is quickly overwhelmed by the twists and turns before being joined by other, more experienced Spider-Man from parallel universes. Bright palette, crazy inventiveness and incredible soundtrack make this miraculous UFO one of the most refreshing entries in the saga.

1- Spider-Man

The original. Two years after X-Men by Bryan Singer who put superheroes back in the spotlight, and a few months after the World Trade Center attacks, Sam Raimi’s first film turns the masked hero of New York into the standard bearer of a traumatized America and convalescent. Determined to use his fortuitous powers for the common good – “Great power implies great responsibility” -, Tobey Maguire faces his most iconic enemy: the Green Goblin (served with a treat by Willem Dafoe) and his miniature bombs. The first one, yes. And above all a madeleine.


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