January 24, 2022

Spider-Man Saga: The movies were ranked from worst to best

Here we are: in two days, Spider-Man is back to weave his web on the screens, for the eighth time in 20 years. The opportunity to return to the previous adventures of the spider-man in the cinema, within a ranking of the most subjective.

7th place (and dead last): Spider-Man – Far From Home

Why was it not necessary?

Without ever claiming to exceed its status as a summer entertainment, Far From Home disappoints by his avarice in the deployment of the spectacular, yet inherent in the hero. The alleged originality of the scenario consists in making Peter Parker travel through Europe without any twist does not advance the plot, which is fatally predictable and boring. Only remain a few frozen moments where the danger is modeled on the unbridled imagination of Jon Watts. Unfortunately, the confrontation with Mystério becomes futile when he fails to put himself at the service of the initiatory story. We get tired of these adventures with shapeless charm, in which the love affairs of Peter and MJ gradually get bogged down.

Should we see it before No Way Home?

The epilogue alone constituting the trigger for No way home, it is advisable to review this opus, at least its end. We also appreciate the presence of J. Jonah Jameson in a post-credits scene, the only clue in 2019 of a hypothetical Multiverse.

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6ème place : Spider-Man Homecoming

Why was it not necessary?

2017: Most Marvel productions focus on a new character in a universe of their own. The figure of the hero, introduced beforehand into a larger whole, is thus entitled to his “one-shot”, an adventure of which he is the cornerstone. Following this reasoning, Tom Holland grabs Spidey’s costume again after an express but remarkable stint in Civil War. Thirty shots, one sequence: all that was needed to arouse curiosity and shine the spotlight on Spider-Man for the duration of a film. Sadly, Homecoming is a wet firecracker, who is content to narrate with a certain rigor the idyll experienced by a teenager saddened that his multi-function suit is confiscated. Aside from a tirade about weaponry and Stark’s position as a global supplier (elements to which Spider-Man logically responds with blows (!)), These two hours are meaningless and the characters are nothing but stooges. to the semantic field of “fun”. There remains a rather successful post-credits scene, where Captain America takes it for his rank.

Should we see it before No Way Home?

No, nothing legitimizes its viewing.

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5ème place : Spider-Man 3

Why is it missed?

2007: Spider-Man is at its peak, after two remarkable opuses. This sequel makes strong arguments: besides assembling twilight antagonists united to undermine the hero, his passage to adulthood seems to be compromised by the promise of a fratricidal clash with Harry Osborn. The quasi-meta questioning that was the strength of the first two opus is squeezed out by the excess issues, which give the story a surprisingly messy character. Spider-Man 3 connects sequences with soft twists, based on the mistakes made by Peter, and the way in which he is going to correct them. The grotesque even interferes at times and takes on the features of Eddy Brock, Venom without consistency, a pretext for a final confrontation where the epic happily takes shape. Sam Raimi is however a master in the art of imagining tormented, colorful characters. In this excerpt, Sandman is a success, and this despite the useless link out of nowhere with the liabilities of Spidey. Overall forgettable.

Should we see it before No Way Home?

Not necessarily. maybe Watts will want to introduce other antagonists present in this third episode, but the decreasing notoriety of the film suggests that it is useless to take cognizance of its content.

4th Place: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – A Hero’s Fate

Why does it happen (at times)?

Mark Webb does not have the notoriety of a Sam Raimi. However, its propensity to monopolize urban settings in which tension and action clash. The first sequences of Amazing Spider-Man 2 bode well for the rest of the saga. From the very apt introduction of a tormented and baroque Electro to the human-scale battles where Parker is put in difficulty, the train sets off on convincing rails, before collapsing miserably. The forest of stereotypes ends up hiding this nice start. The performers, rather convincing, are unfortunately prisoners of a formal and rigid system, as if Webb suddenly began to obey the codes of smooth and inept entertainment. The epilogue, far from generating emotion, ends up burying our hopes and this very conformist vision of the spider-man.

Should we see it before No Way Home?

Apparently yes. The references to this second opus are multiplied throughout the trailer of Far From Home, like Electro, well and truly back, or this iconic shot of Spidey’s outstretched hand towards MJ. Simple allusion or real impact on this ending?

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3ème place : The Amazing Spider-Man

Why does it work overall?

Spider-Man’s notoriety in popular culture made him the second modern-era superhero to receive a reboot, after Batman. In 2012, Andrew Garfield thus succeeds Tobey Maguire in the skin of the spider-man, and serves a narrative with more measured stakes. A single real antagonist, three main characters, an atmosphere closer to the Hulk from Lee than post-Iron Man Marvel. A slow and contemplative transition with a more introverted, less tormented Peter Parker. We revel in these long moments of solitude where Spidey tries to develop his new powers. Far from the bitter post-puberty sweetness with which Raimi thought his hero, Webb confronts his character with more contemporary, less complex issues. The herd behavior to which Spidey is opposed, his place within the group, his relationship with MJ: a rigorous and less bombastic return which introduced a solid foundation, without real echoes. Some memorable sequences too, like this confrontation with the lizard in a school, or this crossing of the city from crane to crane. A pleasant treat that is unfortunately forgotten as quickly as you taste it.

Should we see it before No Way Home?

Not necessarily, unless it turns out thatAndrew Garfield plays a predominant role in the film Watts. The leaks seem to go in this direction, the actor denied. Given the trailers, we say to ourselves that it is quite possible to meet the interpreter again on Wednesday in theaters.

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Photo (2) du film THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

2ème place : Spider-Man 2

Why is it big?

In the early 2000s, it was possible to write scenarios where the great spectacle could be confused with a story interweaving tensions and passionate issues. Spider-Man 2 is in the same vein as its polymorphic predecessor, between mainstream entertainment and the initiatory quest of a tormented hero, confronted with the darkness of cold and brutal antagonists. Endowed with an undeniable visual identity, the film aligns cult sequences, without ever betraying its original medium. Thus, the impression of having witnessed the staging of a live-action comic book predominates at the end of an opus which should have had a successor at the height of its excess. From colors to music through the interpretation marked by actors at their peak, no director (except perhaps Christopher Nolan) was unable to find this unique tone which tipped the superhero film towards unsuspected spheres. The marked appearance of Octopus played by Alfred Molina in the trailer reflects the impact of this work, more than any other, in the dull landscape of contemporary entertainment.

Should we see it before No Way Home?

Yes ! And Watts will have to pay attention to what he produces by grabbing a legacy that is definitely heavy to bear. Octopus seems to play a prominent place in the plot, but the way he is taunted by Parker and his friends is no cause for optimism. We hope that the Doc will be entitled to his moments of glory, and this even if we suspect that all the depth of the character will be neglected.

1ère place : Spider-Man

Why is it a masterpiece?

Difficult to add something to such a building. Besides the story of the birth of the spider-man, Spider-Man first of the name is located at the crossroads of a quest for Freudian identity and the codes of ancient tragedy, all within a waltz rich in pieces of bravery. Raimi fulfills his dream of a simple and touching hero, confronted with the rigidity of a world shrouded in an evil atmosphere. The singular learning he undergoes will lead him to reflect on this strange, bittersweet universe, where he will forge his inner self. Never had the psyche of the modern hero been questioned with such ardor, in such a unique setting. Because besides the narrative relevance, the New York of Raimi is an amusement park where many haunted essarts are hidden. The horror, when it arises, physically reaches the character and the blood becomes a full motif of the story. The tumultuous folklore thus engendered will never be equaled, as will the antagonist who works in it. In parallel with the introspection to which Spidey is subjected, a green jester is built in front of him as brilliant as frightening. The sequences where Willem Dafoe grabs the character’s features are chilling and participate in the underlying worry of a danger that can arise from any corner of the frame. A timeless success.

Should we see it before No Way Home?

Yes, and even privilege the viewing of this film to the cinema session if you have not seen it yet.

Emeric