In a debate that saw fans share their favorite of the nine Spidey films made to date, Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man 2 emerged as the clear winner
Step back, Tom Holland. It seems that Tobey Maguire is still the OG Spider-Man, and it’s his “Tobey Trilogy” Spider-Man 2 that fans still rate as the best movies to come out on the friendly neighborhood web-slinger were shot. Of the nine films that Spidey has appeared in. The titular character, Maguire’s three films made it, Holland’s trilogy, Andre Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel, and the animated Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse ‘ to hit.
Culture Crave conducted a poll asking fans to pick three of their favorite Spider-Man films, and scrolling down the comments, “Spider-Man 2” was a clear winner. Directed by Sam Raimi and written by Alvin Sargent, the 2004 film starred Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris and Donna Murphy in key roles. Two years after the events of Spider-Man, Peter Parker plays Dr. Otto Octavius, who plans to wreak havoc with a dangerous experiment that will kill his wife and neurologically fuse him with mechanical tentacles.
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“Spider-Man 2 Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Man There’s No Way Home,” wrote one fan. “spider-man 2 nwh tasm 1 everything else is wrong,” said another. “Man, that’s easy, Spiderman 1. Spiderman 2. NWH. If the first two Raimi films aren’t on your list then you’re probably too young to appreciate them,” read another tweet. “Home Now Spider-Man 2 The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” noted one fan. Some opted to rate the films instead. “My Whole List 1.Spider-Man 2 2.Spider-Man 3.Spider-Man No Way Home 4.Spider-Man Far From Home 5.The Amazing Spider-Man 6.Spider-Man 3 7.Spider-Man Homecoming 8. The Incredible Spider-Man 2.”
“Spider-Man 2 The Amazing Spider-Man Spider-Man: No Way Home,” commented one fan. “Spider-Man 2 > Spider-Man > Homecoming. All great movies. Spider-Man 3 = No Way Home, both have high highs but is messy and crowded. Far From Home isn’t bad but totally unforgettable. TASM2 is silly but entertaining. TASM is pointless, makes things worse, nothing new,” opined another. “1. Into the Spiderverse 2nd Spider-Man 2 3rd No Way Home ——— 4th Spider-Man 5th Spider-Man 3 6th Far From Home 7th TASM1 8th TASM 2 9th Homecoming,” one tweet said. “Spider-Man 2 Spider-Man (2002) Spider-Verse” did it for one of the fans.
Many reasons for choosing Maguire’s films were perhaps due to the clear writing and performances. Both Parker and Octavius were complex characters and Raimi’s direction bought the best out of them. The results were stellar as the film was the third highest-grossing film of the year and also won Best Visual Effects at the 77th Academy Awards. It was considered one of the best superhero films of all time.