With Spider-Man: Homecoming upon us, it’s time to reflect on the web-slinger’s film franchise. Sure, there have been some questionable moments, like dancing Peter Parker in Spider-Man 3 or anything that happened in The Amazing Spider-Man iteration. Despite those minor bumps in the road, you can’t name many other comic book heroes who have had as much success the big screen as Spidey! So, here are my top six Spider-Man movie moments!
6) The Sandman Subway Fight in Spider-Man 3
Say what you want about the movie, but you can’t deny Thomas Hayden Church was excellent as the Sandman in the third film of Sam Raimi’s original trilogy. Just the fight choreography alone in this battle made it a standout moment. As great as the fights were in the previous movies, you didn’t see Spider-Man using movies like he did against Flint Marko. The dark atmosphere of the subway really added to Spider-Man’s edgier personality.
5) Underoos’ Debut in Captain America: Civil War
As soon as Sony and Marvel Studios made peace over the film rights to Spider-Man, all everyone was talking about was how Marvel Studios would handle Spider-Man. Well, I can say they knocked it out of the park with Tom Holland. He brought back the charm of Peter Parker that was missing with Andrew Garfield’s version of the wall crawler.
Being starstruck by Captain America was a great moment, and his enthusiasm for meeting Cap was only rivaled by Scott Lang. I also liked how, in the middle of an epic battle at the Berlin Airport, he was amazed by the Winter Soldier’s metal arm. Definitely an excellent first impression made by the new Spider-Man.
4) “BONE-SAW IS READY!”
One thing I absolutely loved about the 2002 Sam Raimi-directed movie is you can tell Raimi absolutely LOVED the comics growing up. His passion for the character shined right through.
One of the moments that remained true to the comics was Peter Parker trying to make money off his newly developed powers. How did he do it? By entering a pro wrestling contest and facing off against Bone-Saw McGraw, played by the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Also, the legendary Bruce Campbell made his first of three cameo appearances, so that just adds to it.
3) “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” From Spider-Man 2
I know I talked about this scene before, but when Peter Parker goes back to having a normal life, we are treated to a great mix of film and music. Seeing Peter happy once again with a carefree attitude matches the BJ Thomas song perfectly.
2) Any Moment with J Jonah Jameson
As great as Tobey Maguire, Alfred Molina, Kirsten Dunst, Rosemary Harris and James Franco were in the original Raimi films, the clear scene-stealer was JK Simmons as Daily Bugle Editor J. Jonah Jameson. Simmons was PERFECT as the angry editor who absolutely hated Spider-Man. Every scene with J. Jonah was a treasure. Every scene with Simmons is gold!
And now for my all-time favorite moment in the Spider-Man film series…
1) The First Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus Fight in Spider-Man 2
I know the train fight gets a lot of love from fans, and rightfully so, but this is almost an overlooked sequence. The fight choreography is amazing and spectacular. It looks like a fight right out of the comics. It was during this scene where I just fell in love with this movie. Seriously. When I saw this movie opening night, this scene cemented Sam Raimi’s directing superiority. I hadn’t seen any of his Evil Dead films or Dark Man yet, but it was this sequence that made me appreciate Raimi as a director.
Honorable mentions go to the first New Goblin and Peter Parker fight in Spider-Man 3, Peter Parker discovering his powers in Spider-Man (“Shazam!”), Bruce Campbell’s cameos in Spider-Man 2 and 3, and Uncle ben talking to Peter from beyond the grave in Spider-Man 2.
What are your favorite Spider-Man movie moments? Any scenes that get your spider-sense tingling? Let me know in the comment section below!