Who doesn’t love Spider-Man? One of Stan Lee‘s most enduring and beloved creations, Spider-Man is a comic book hero with a proud legacy that has inspired generations, allowing new comic book writers to extend the Spidey mantle to characters like Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy without losing that moral imperative that makes the character so special. And boy, Spider-Man sure has a lot of movies.
In terms of numbers, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catching up to Batman as one of the most frequent and influential characters in superhero cinema, and it’s not hard to see why. In contrast to the Bruce Waynes and Tony Starks of the comic world, the far-out fantasy characters defined by their darkness, Spider-Man’s spunky innocence and decency speaks to an innate goodness and decency we hope is in all of us. Sure, there are lots of heroes who join the fray out of a sense of duty or regret, but nobody loves being a hero like Spider-Man.
With the exceptional Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse now in theaters, we’re looking back on every Spider-Man movie to date to see how they stack up. A few housekeeping things first; we’re not including movies like Captain America: Civil War or Avengers: Infinity War, which feature Spider-Man as a supporting character, nor are we looking at non-theatrical animated films.
On a personal note, I’ll just add that I love all Spider-Man movies, no matter how bad they are. Yes, even that one. He’s my favorite hero since childhood, and anytime I see those webs slinging into action, I’m gonna have at least a little fun.