2018 has two big additions to the Spider-Man movie universe: the bigger-than-expected hit "Venom" and the critically-praised "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." And don't forget, Marvel and Sony have another Tom Holland-starring Spidey adventure coming soon. So, basically, it's Spider-Man's world, we're just living in it. Let's pass the time with a ranking of Peter Parker and Company's best cinematic adventures so far.
8. 'Venom' (2018)
Fans have been screaming for this for years. The wait was NOT worth it. If you ever wanted to see Tom Hardy jump into a lobster tank and eat lobsters, or have his gooey symbiote call Eddie Brock a "pu**y" (in 2018!), then you need to re-eval all life priorities.
7. 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' (2014)
We can't say we're surprised (or disappointed) that Sony elected to scrap the rebooted "Amazing Spider-Man" series after this disastrous sequel. The dynamic between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone is great, but pretty much everything else about this bloated, unpleasant sequel rubbed us the wrong way. We can't even begin to explain what was wrong with casting Paul Giamatti as the Rhino...
6. 'Spider-Man 3' (2007)
When it comes to global box office gross, "Spider-Man 3" is still the reigning champ of the franchise. But, in terms of quality, it's near the back of the race. There's a shell of a good superhero movie here, as evidenced by the Spidey/Sandman conflict. But between Sony's insistence on cramming Venom into the picture, Peter Parker's emo phase, and that dreadful butler character, this was a poor way to wrap up Sam Raimi's once venerated series.
5. 'The Amazing Spider-Man' (2012)
No one asked for Sony to reboot the Spider-Man franchise a mere five years after "Spider-Man 3," so it should come as no surprise that "The Amazing Spider-Man" plays like an unnecessary retread of what came before. It does everything different (that suit -- woof!) and few things better. We enjoyed seeing a closer glimpse of Peter Parker's high school days and his romance with Gwen Stacy, but we would rather have watched Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 4."
4. 'Spider-Man' (2002)
It took Hollywood way too long to figure out how to bring Spider-Man to the big screen, but his first blockbuster was worth the wait. "Spider-Man" offered a fun origin story bolstered by Tobey Maguire's lovably dorky Peter Parker and director Sam Raimi's unique visual flare. The movie doesn't entirely hold up alongside more recent, better superhero projects, but it's safe to say those projects wouldn't exist without "Spider-Man" lighting the way.
3. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' (2017)
Another Marvel movie that lives up to the hype. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is perfect summer matinee entertainment; when it's not throwing character-driven set pieces at you, it's making you laugh -- a lot. The diverse cast and their effortless dynamic finally gives Peter's high school life justice. And there is life before, and life after, watching Tom Holland's Spidey in action. This is the funniest Spider-Man movie ever, and the best one since 2004.
2. 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' (2018)
You've never seen either a comic book movie or animated film that looks like this before. You've also never seen the medium pushed to such rewarding creative and emotional lengths, thanks to producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller's very (naturally) meta take on multi-verses and what it takes to be a hero.
1. 'Spider-Man 2' (2004)
Where the original "Spider-Man" tends to show its age, its sequel is still pretty much the Marvel movie to beat. It captured everything we loved about the original, amped up the character drama and stakes, and delivered by far the best villain in the series in the from of Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus. The train sequence alone is enough to establish this as one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.