How Many Spider-Man Movies Are There?
The Original Trilogy: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3
The original Spider-Man movie trilogy was directed by Sam Raimi and starred Tobey Maguire as the titular hero. The first movie was released in 2002, followed by Spider-Man 2 in 2004, and Spider-Man 3 in 2007.
The trilogy follows the story of Peter Parker, a high school student who gains spider-like abilities after being bitten by a genetically engineered spider. He uses his powers to fight crime and protect New York City from various villains, including the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Venom.
The trilogy was praised for its strong performances, exciting action sequences, and memorable villains. Spider-Man 2, in particular, is often cited as one of the best superhero movies ever made.
Despite the critical and commercial success of the original trilogy, plans for a fourth film were eventually scrapped, and the franchise was rebooted in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man.
The Reboot Duology: The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2
In 2012, the Spider-Man movie franchise was rebooted with The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The film was followed by a sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, in 2014.
The rebooted series followed a slightly different take on the Spider-Man origin story, with a greater focus on Peter Parker’s parents and their connection to Oscorp Industries. The films also introduced new villains, including the Lizard and Electro.
While the first film was moderately successful, the second film received mixed reviews and performed poorly at the box office, leading to plans for a third film being cancelled. Instead, the character of Spider-Man was integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Tom Holland taking on the role in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
The MCU Appearance: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Spider-Man: No Way Home
After being integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man has appeared in three standalone films: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).
Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in these films, which take place within the larger continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The films have introduced new versions of classic Spider-Man characters, such as MJ and Flash Thompson, as well as new villains like the Vulture, Mysterio, and Doctor Octopus.
Spider-Man’s involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a major draw for fans, as it has allowed the character to interact with other popular Marvel superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America. The upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home is particularly anticipated, as it is rumored to feature appearances from multiple versions of Spider-Man from different movie universes.
Other Spider-Man Movies: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Venom
In addition to the live-action Spider-Man movies, there have been several other films featuring the character. One of the most notable is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), an animated film that explores the concept of the multiverse and features multiple versions of Spider-Man from different dimensions.
The film was a critical and commercial success, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and spawning a planned sequel and spin-offs.
Another notable Spider-Man film is Venom (2018), which is not directly connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but is based on the character from the Spider-Man comics. The film stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom and features the character battling other symbiotes.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, Venom was a box office success and has also spawned a sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, set to be released in 2021.
Future Spider-Man Movies: What We Know So Far
As of now, there are several upcoming Spider-Man movies that have been announced or are in development. One of the most highly anticipated is Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), which is set to feature appearances from multiple versions of Spider-Man from different movie universes.
In addition to this, a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been announced and is currently in production. The film is set to focus on the relationship between Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy and is slated for release in 2022.
There have also been rumors of a live-action Spider-Verse movie that would bring together multiple actors who have played Spider-Man in previous films, although this has not been officially confirmed.
Overall, it’s clear that the Spider-Man franchise remains a major player in the world of superhero movies, with plenty of exciting projects in the works for fans to look forward to.