Spider-Man is a hero who has made a name for himself on the silver screen. Some of the various adaptations of this Marvel character, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, are masterpieces. Others have been pleasant, entertaining adaptations. So far, the Weaver has done pretty well, avoiding the doldrums. And that’s with 10 films to date, of which here’s our ranking. 5. The Amazing Spider-Man: A Hero’s Fate (2014) Marc Webb made his name with (500) Days Together, a romantic comedy that found its audience. Five years after Spider-Man 3 concluded Sam Raimi’s trilogy, Sony decided to reboot the Spider-Man franchise. 2012 saw the release of The Amazing Spider-Man, a relatively successful opus, which led to the launch of this sequel, Destiny of a Hero, two years later. Andrew Garfield takes on the role of Spider-Man for the second time, while Emma Stone plays Gwen Stacy and Jamie Foxx Electro, the story’s great antagonist. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not devoid of quality. Mark Webb knows how to appeal to comic-book fans, with numerous references in both films. The Fate of a Hero opened up many possibilities for a third opus. The filmmaker didn’t shy away, multiplying the enemies with Electro, the Green Goblin and the Rhino. The arrival of the Sinister Six was a foretaste of things to come. Unfortunately, the third opus never saw the light of day, and Andrew Garflied had to hand in his mask after this episode. Andrew Garflied played an overconfident, handsome Peter Parker, a far cry from the writing choices of the original saga. Peter Parker is a galley slave, he has to keep falling down to get back up, he’s a fighter. But the actor exuded too much confidence to fit the character. Jamie Foxx also struggled to convince with a bland Electro, whose only motivation was to take revenge for Spider-Man’s popularity. Finally, Dane DeHaan was a caricature of the Green Goblin, in total overkill. And that’s a real shame, because the film had some daring choices to make. In addition to the sometimes inventive direction, particularly in the first-person sequences, the final climax was extremely faithful to the comics, but also offered a dramatic, uncompromising ending with no way back, which is quite rare in the world of comic-book adaptations. 4. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) In the end, it’s a bit like the Amazing version: the two films are very similar. Far From Home follows in the footsteps of Homecoming, but with more mastery, particularly in the treatment of the action. Far From Home is a positive evolution of the Homecoming formula: funnier, better dosed, better directed, better written. However, the recipe is still very classic, despite the presence of pleasant secondary characters such as Nick Fury and Happy. 3. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) This is unquestionably the most successful opus in Jon Watts’ trilogy. At the same time, it has to be said that the director has pulled out all the stops in this new chapter. As you no doubt know, the film brings back a host of characters from the other Spider-Man sagas. And so, inevitably, it creates a whole new craze. A sort of Avengers in disguise, Spider-Man: No Way Home is a real life-size comic book, featuring appearances in every sense. Much to the delight of fans. 2. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023) The first installment was a slap in the face (see below). Unsurprisingly, this second opus in the Spider-Verse saga lives up to our expectations. Directors Joaquim Dos Santos, Justin K. Thompson and Kemp Powers further develop the multiverse concept thanks to the endearing Miles Morales. The elements that made the first installment such a success are once again present. The film is a visual rollercoaster, offering some great cinematic moments. Viewers are in for a real treat, as Spider-Man: Accros the Spider-Verse is overflowing with generosity. 1. Spider-Man 2 – Directed by Sam Raimi (2004) Inevitably, with Spider-Man grossing over $821 million worldwide, Sony launched production on a sequel. Fortunately, Sam Raimi was on board. It was a daring challenge to surpass the first episode, and yet the filmmaker succeeds with breathtaking mastery. Peter Parker assumes the role of Spider-Man as much as Tobey Maguire does that of Peter Parker. The filmmaking is insane, and the themes of independence and coming to terms with oneself as a superhero, but also as a human being, are extremely adult. Sam Raimi offers arguably the best role of his career to Alfred Molina, absolutely perfect as Dr. Octopus. In short, Spider-Man 2 is a nugget, taking all the tricks of the first opus and improving them, giving them incredible impact.
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