When I say “With great power, comes great responsibility”, which superhero comes to mind? Spider-Man, of course! Over the years, we have seen so many technological advances in the film industry that it is now possible to bring all our favorite superheroes to life. This also includes Spider-Man, who got his first proper movie back in 2002. 20 years down the line we still enjoy watching Spider-Man on our screens. With an extensive library of channels being offered today, such as in the Xfinity channel lineup, you can watch all your favorite movies on TV. However, in the case of Marvel superheroes, you can stream their movies and TV shows on Disney+.
Going back to Spider-Man, here are some unique things about the most iconic Spider-Man movies yet.
This was the first Spider-Man movie that came out and it starred Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. We get to experience Spider-Man’s origin story and we see the crisis Peter has to face as a teenager who is bit by a radioactive spider. The most unique element about this movie was how CGI was advanced enough to show Spider-Man swinging through the city. A couple of years prior to this movie, it would’ve seemed impossible to see web-swinging since CGI was not as developed back then.
In this movie, we were also introduced to the most menacing and iconic villain of all time, Norman Osborne who is the Green Goblin. In the movie, we see Peter struggles to keep those around him safe, deals with personal loss as his Uncle Ben passes away, and how Peter has to live a double life as a superhero and a high-school student.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
This was the sequel to the first Spider-Man movie and it was released two years after the first. In this movie, we got to see how even superheroes can have an existential crisis that can affect the way that they use their powers. Things start getting so difficult for Peter as he tries to balance his personal and superhero life to an extent that he loses his powers briefly. He starts believing that he can’t be Spider-Man anymore and that he must give up the mantle.
In this movie, we also get to see how Peter starts losing control not just over his powers but his personal life, and what seems like everything else, starts slipping away. This movie was great from the perspective that we can’t always expect our heroes to be strong and sometimes life knocks them down too. However, Peter finds a sure footing and he finally makes his way out of his crisis to become that friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man again.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man 3 was released three years after the second movie and quite shockingly, it did not perform as well as the previous two movies. In this movie, we were introduced to the villain who is actually an alien from outer space. You guessed it, it was Venom. In the movie, Venom latches himself onto Peter’s suit and we see a drastic change in the way Peter starts behaving. He becomes a lot more aggressive and he stops pulling his punches. Peter even goes on to become negative as a person and he starts disassociating with the people around him.
Eventually, Peter realizes he was acting rashly and that he should not have done so. The best part about this movie was it did not feature just one antagonist, it had two. The movie had both, Venom and Sandman as the primary villains. Peter teams up with his best friend Harry Osborne as they take on both Venom and Sandman.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the sequel to the reboot of Spider-Man and it starred Andrew Garfield as Peter/Spider-Man. While this movie did not perform as expected at the Box Office, it was still a pretty decent movie for a Spider-Man reboot. In the movie, we see how Peter has finally gotten used to the Spider-Man life and how he now has to struggle to keep a balance between being Peter and being Spider-Man. He has to face ups and downs with his girlfriend, Gwen. One of the key elements of the movie was how they had drastically improved Peter’s web-swinging mechanics to the point that even Insomniac’s game on the PlayStation 4, Spider-Man, took a lot of inspiration from the movie.
Just like Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also had two villains that Peter had to face but in this movie, Peter has to do that alone. The villains that Peter has to fight include Electro, a fan-turned-enemy, and Green Goblin, a best-friend-turned-enemy. Towards the end of the movie, Peter had to suffer a huge personal loss and it was so devastating that audiences that watched the movie for the first time were left shaken.
Spider-Man No Way Home (2021)
The movie featured not just one, not two but three Spider-“Men”. Not only this, but the movie also featured 5 villains, all from the past franchises that included Green Goblin, Sandman, Doc Ock, Electro, and Lizard. The movie was unique since it was packed with adrenaline and nostalgia and it was quite a treat for Spider-Man fans all over the world.
Spider-Man is definitely one of the best superheroes from the Marvel Universe, regardless if the character is played by Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, or Tom Holland. All of them did a brilliant job in bringing the superhero to life and all three of them worked really hard to make their movies as unique as possible.