RANKED! is normally a Friday piece, but this whole darn list could change tomorrow. Spider-Man: Homecoming hits the box office tonight, and what better way to celebrate that than by taking a look back at Spider-Man’s most incredible scenes from the 2 previous Spider-verses (and maybe just a hint of MCU thrown in for good measure).
Let’s just get this party started, huh? No need for formalities, no need for foreplay…….sorry, did things just get weird? Yeah, that’s on me. My B, readers. My B.
Spider-Man’s Greatest Cinematic Scenes!
10. Meeting Peter Parker (Captain America: Civil War)
Peter Parker & Tony Stark on screen together for the first time? Check. Homemade costume? Check. Iron Man recruiting Spider-Man for Civil War, so it’s kind of like the comics, but not really, but hey it’s something? Check. Peter catching Stark with his webbing? Check. Stark hitting on Aunt May? Check. To be honest, I’d watch this for 2 hours…..and I will, on Friday.
9. The Death of Gwen Stacy (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Was the setting different? Yep. Was it a different version of the Green Goblin who’s doing the “Gwen tossing?” Sure. Did you still think that maybe, despite years and years of comicbook history dictating the outcome of this scene, Spider-Man would save Gwen? …..no? Oh yeah, me either…….but anyways, it may have been visually different than the scene purists expected, but to see the iconic storyline play out, and Garfield’s heartfelt portrayal of a truly defeated Peter Parker, was a treat for Spider-Man fans (as long as you ignored the other 118 minutes of the movie).
8. Bone Saw vs. Spider-Man (Spider-Man)
One of my favorite things about Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man film was his dedication to the source material… …….wait, Peter’s webs didn’t shoot from his body in the comic books? Why would they do that??? Anyways, Raimi did stay pretty faithful to Peter’s Spider-Man origin story, from the death of Uncle Ben at the hands of run of the mill thief to Peter’s shot at professional wrestling stardom, squaring off against Bone Saw McGraw. And who was the legendary fictional wrestler played by? Well, none other than legendary non-fictional wrester “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Do I love this scene? Yes. Do I love the Macho Man? OHHHH YYYEEEAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!
7. Opening Scene (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
There isn’t much to love about this movie…or like, for that matter…other than the outstanding chemistry between Peter and Gwen and this scene, which is the ultimate film “gotcha!”, if there ever was one. TASM2 shot out of the cannon right from the get go, with Spidey swinging, flipping, and gliding through New York City in pursuit of Paul Giamatti’s Russian Gangster, Rhino (that’s what he was, right? I black out whenever he’s on screen. Call it self-preservation). The scene is so action packed, yet beautifully shot, and you’d be forgiven if you thought this movie was about to be the Superhero equivalent of Citizen Kane (too much? I’ll dial it back). Alas, the movie would currently hold a higher Rotten Tomatoes score if the credits had rolled directly after this scene, but man, for those first 10 minutes, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was **fire emoji**
6. Black Suit (Spider-Man 3)
I will be the first one to tell you that Spider-Man 3 suffered from an awful lot of things, including, but not limited to: villain overload, Emo Peter, the complete and utter disrespect of the Venom character, introducing Gwen Stacy wayyyy to late in the storyline, and so on, and so forth. Do you want to know what didn’t hurt Spider-Man 3? That fantastic black suit. It was my favorite Spidey costume as a kid (naturally, I had the Secret Wars figure), and seeing it on the big screen made me giddy with delight, ya know, until I saw the rest of the movie.
5. The Bridge is Over (Spider-Man)
Sam Raimi might have skipped over the Gwen Stacy saga in introducing Mary Jane Watson right away, but he did give fans a nice little nod to “the Death of Gwen Stacy” storyline, with Willem Dafoe’s brilliantly portrayed Green Goblin tossing Kirsten Dunst’s MJ, not Gwen, from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, while also dropping a school bus full of children. Peter must make a choice, save the woman he loves or multiple young lives. Heroically, Spider-Man is able to save both, but the scene where you see both events happening within the reflective eyes of the Spider-Man mask is one of the greatest single scenes in any superhero film.
4. Peter and Gwen (The Amazing Spider-Man)
This isn’t a particular scene, so I understand that I’m breaking my own self-imposed rules, but the greatest thing about Sony’s doomed The Amazing Spider-Man franchise was not Andrew Garfield’s amazing hair (that was #2), but the chemistry between Garfield’s Peter Parker and Oscar winner Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. Comic book enthusiasts clamored to see Gwen Stacy given the film portrayal she deserved, and Stone knocked it out of the park (sports quota filled. Just trying to make Greg Bauch proud). Garfield & Stone’s chemistry on screen didn’t just seem meant to be, it seemed real (and in a way, it was, as the 2 stars dated predominantly throughout the filming of the movies). If the quality of a movie was based on the spark between its 2 leads, we would’ve seen a The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
3. Upside Down Kiss (Spider-Man)
I’ve never been a fan of Tobey Maguire or Kirsten Dunst, so to have 2 movies that I hold in pretty high regard starring both of them is a testament to how good those movies actually are. And there’s no denying how iconic this scene became, even being recreated on Fox’s The OC (shut up, you watched it, don’t lie. #SethandSummerForever). The scene is beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, and most likely the catalyst for several thousand YouTube and Instagram fails over the last decade and a half.
2. Plane Fight! (Captain America: Civil War)
Long story short, I felt like I was finally seeing what I thought a big screen adaptation of the wall-crawler would look like. His appearance was brief, but every quippy (<– word?) line, every bout of action, seemed to me like the comic book character come to life. Not to mention his hilarious, foul mouthed reaction to a growing Giant Man. I mean, that’s probably how I’d react, and that might’ve been the moment I said, “Holy s—! That’s my Spider-Man!”
1. Train Fight! (Spider-Man 2)
The fight between Spider-Man and Doc Ock on the top of a elevated train is quite literally a comic book come to life. While battling the villainous scientist, on a runaway train, none the less, the antagonist is tossing passengers from the speeding boxcars as quickly as Spider-Man can save them, shooting webs in just enough time for these civilians to fall into them like safety nets. Oh, and Peter’s trying not to get killed himself. It all ends with Peter using the plethora of webs he’s holding onto (emitted from his wrists **gagging noises**), which are also attached to every freakin building for blocks, to slow down the train full of people. There’s so much action, so much anxious energy emanating from the scene, that by the time the passengers catch and carry a truly exhausted Peter Parker into the car like he’s crowd surfing at Warped Tour, the audience needs a break and a breather as well. Now don’t get me started on the fact that not one single person snitched on ol’ Pete and told the Daily Bugle who Spider-Man actually was, or the fact that over the stretch of Raimi’s 3 Spider-Man films, exactly 12,000 people see Peter without his mask on. No, let’s focus on the positives here.
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