There are and always will be endless discussions about the Spider-Man movies, from what is the best Spider-Man film to who was the best Spidey actor. Most of these discussions end in opinions – something everyone has.
In this post I am highlighting five popular opinions about the Spider-Man movies. These are opinions which are often collectively shared by Spider-Man fans, and tend to arise in regular discussions about the films.
Remember, these are opinions so not everyone agrees with them. However, these opinions are based on a general consensus amongst fans of the Spider-Man movie series.
Into the Spider-Verse is the best Spider-Man movie
Some people will tell you Spider-Man (2002) is the best Spider-Man movie, others will tell you Spider-Man 2 (2004) is the best Spider-Man movie. However, the general opinion amongst fans of the Spider-Man film series is that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) is the best Spider-Man movie.
Unlike all of the Spidey films that came before it, Into the Spider-Verse is an animated adventure rather than a live-action feature. It is also the first Spider-Man movie not to place Peter Parker in the lead role (Miles Morales is the Spider-Man here).
Both of the animation and the inclusion of a new Spider-Man proved very popular with audiences, who praised the movie upon release. The critics were also fans of the film, as were the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who awarded Into the Spider-Verse with an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Venom should not have appeared in Spider-Man 3
The villains that featured in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy were all classic era villains (i.e. villains created during the ‘60s) and were mostly met with praise from fans. But one villain was not so warmly met by fans and that was Venom.
Introduced in Spider-Man 3, Venom was a character who felt out of place in the movie. His backstory didn’t quite gel with Raimi’s universe and it was no secret that the director was pressured to include the villain at the behest of the producers.
Sure, Venom has fans, but the general rule of thumb amongst most fans of the Raimi films is that Venom had no place being in Spider-Man 3.
Sam Raimi should have directed Spider-Man 4
After directing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3, Sam Raimi was on board to direct yet another Spidey movie – Spider-Man 4. However, that movie never came to pass and was instead replaced with The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
Backstage problems between Raimi and Sony Pictures ultimately resulted in the director walking away from Spider-Man 4, which is why the film series was rebooted under ‘The Amazing’ banner. But many fans believe that Sony and Raimi should have come to an arrangement to proceed with Spider-Man 4 to bring his era of Spider-Man films to a satisfactory conclusion.
And should you want to know more about the abandoned Spidey project, take a look at my post: ‘Why was Spider-Man 4 cancelled?‘
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were perfectly cast
When news first broke that the Spider-Man movie series was being rebooted, following the abrupt conclusion of director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, fans were less than impressed. Raimi’s films were still fresh in the audience’s mind and there seemed no real reason to click the reset button.
Unphased by fan backlash, Sony pressed ahead and the first of these new movies arrived in 2012, under the title of The Amazing Spider-Man. It was then followed in 2014 with The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
This collection of Spider-Man films proved to be divisive amongst fans and ended after just two entries. However, the general opinion is that both films featured a strong cast, with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone standing out as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, respectively.
To this day, fans praise both Garfield and Stone, even if they are not quite as complimentary about the movies.
The CGI in Venom was poor
Venom made a lot of money in 2018, taking over $880 million at the worldwide box office. Yet when it opened in theatres the critical opinion of the movie was less than impressive, with many feeling that it was tonally uneven and poorly written.
However, the biggest criticism of the movie was the computer-generated effects, which seemed below standard. At times, the effects were subpar and certainly not strong enough for a movie released in an age where special effects are often praised.
Various opinions about Venom get traded around during discussions of the Spider-Man film series, but it is the poor CGI that most people agree on.
No more origin stories
And finally, as much as Spider-Man fans understand the importance of the character’s origin story, few want to see it depicted on screen again (at least not for a while, anyway). The reason for this?
2002’s Spider-Man spent a great deal of time establishing who Peter Parker is and how he comes to be a wall-crawling superhero. Ten years later, 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man also focussed heavily on Spider-Man’s origin.
Two origin stories in less than a decade proved to be two too many and it made fans long for a Spider-Man series without a need to focus on this particular story beat. While Sony have tended to agree, choosing to bypass Spider-Man’s origin in recent years, fans are still pretty adamant that they don’t want any origin tales for quite some time.
I hope the above information has been useful to you – please let me know your thoughts in the comments section.
Please feel free to share what you believe are other popular opinions about the Spider-Man movies. You don’t have to always agree with the opinions, but they may prove useful to other fans of the Spider-Man film series.
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