Spider-Man movies: Ranking every Spider-Man movie before No Way Home

Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.
Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME. /
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9. Spider-Man 3

I have plenty of thoughts about Spider-Man 3, and not a lot of them are great. For starters, there were far too many villains, and without solid motivations. Eddie Brock was mad at Peter because Brock plagiarized a picture from Peter, was called out for it, and was fired. Because of this he – and I kid you not – went to a Church and prayed to God that he would kill Peter Parker. Sandman had solid motivation when it came to his daughter, but the re-emergence of Uncle Ben was completely unnecessary to the film, and in a way minimized the impact of Dennis Carradine’s death.

Also, not every villain needs a redemption story. My biggest gripe with this film is how they handled Harry Osbourne. Throughout the trilogy, Harry had been put in a prime position to be the villain of the third movie, rounding out the trilogy the same way it started. At the end of the first Spider-Man, Harry sees Spider-Man bringing his dad’s lifeless body back to his home, in Spider-Man 2, a vengeful Harry finds out Peter is Spider-Man (still assuming Peter killed his dad), and so the third movie could have set up for an incredible Revenge of the Sith style of film that pinned friend v. friend or brother v. brother.

Instead, Harry, early in the film, suffers from amnesia and then when he comes back to he is really only just mean to Peter before changing his way in the end to save the day. Such an interesting storyline and story arc was just wasted, and for that, Spider-Man 3 finds itself near the bottom of this ranking.

Spider-Man 3 gets the slight edge over Venom: Let there be Carnage because, while this movie might not be great, it’s still watchable; with plenty of things one can enjoy from it. Whether it is making fun of… choices – looking at you dancing Peter – or just enjoying some of the really cool fight scenes, there are some enjoyable moments from this film. However, as a whole, it just isn’t the story they should have gone with, and honestly makes me wonder what they were even thinking in the writers room.