Slinging Through Cinema

Your ultimate guide to all the Spider-man movies.

With the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home into theaters, the buzz around the iconic superhero Spider-Man is high. With so many Spider-Man movies, it’s hard to comprehend them all and remember what happens. This is a guide to summarize all of the Spider-Man films to catch the average fan up to speed in the Marvel and Sony universe.

Spider-Man (2002)
Tobey Maguire stars as Spider-Man in this iconic superhero origin film. Taking inspiration from the comics and Marvel writer Stan Lee, director Sam Raimi brings comic book characters to life. An ordinary high school kid, Peter Parker, gets bitten by a genetically modified spider and gains superhuman powers. After the death of his Uncle Ben, he decides to use these powers to protect the citizens of New York against villains. One of these villains is Norman Osborn, a wealthy businessman and founder of Oscorp, who takes the Green Goblin serum and develops unnatural powers and abilities. This movie also introduces a variety of other characters important to Spider-Man, such as Mary Jane (MJ), Aunt May and Harry Osborn. Peter and the Goblin ultimately clash as Spider-Man attempts to keep New York, and his love interest Mary Jane, safe.

Spider-Man 2 (2004)
In this sequel to “Spider-Man”, Peter navigates dating life with MJ while continuing to fight crime. Doctor Otto Octavius takes Peter and Harry to a demonstration of his fusion reactor, but the demonstration goes wrong. Otto’s four metal arms connect to his skin and take control of his mind, making him use his arms for evil. Doc Oc threatens the city with the fusion reactor, so Spider-Man has to fight through his mental struggle that takes away his powers, and save the city once again. This fight pushes Peter’s physical and mental abilities as he attempts to save an innocent man from a mindless evil.

Spider-Man 3 (2007)
In the final movie in the original Spider-Man trilogy, Peter attempts to fix his relationships with Mary Jane and Harry. After discovering that Flint Marko was Uncle Ben’s killer, Spider-Man tracks Flint down and finds out that he has been genetically modified to be made out of sand. Peter’s anger leads him to be connected with the Venom symbiote, which gives him a black suit and rageful qualities. Peter eventually rids himself of the symbiote but gives it to his enemy from the Daily Bugle, Eddie Brock and Eddie becomes Venom. Venom and Sandman team up to take out Spider-Man as Harry Osborn shows himself to be the Green Goblin, taking after his father. Peter has to fight all three villains and try to turn them back to the good side while attempting to mend his rocky relationship with MJ.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Andrew Garfield suits up as Spider-Man in the first “The Amazing Spider-Man” movie. Peter Parker gets bitten by a genetically modified spider at Oscorp and gains the powers of a spider. After the death of Uncle Ben, Peter searches for answers about his parents death and ends up finding Dr. Kurt Connors, a scientist who used to work with his father. After Dr. Connors accidentally turns himself into a lizard while trying to regrow a limb, he decides to try and turn the entire city into lizards as well. Spider-Man must work with his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, and her father, who is the chief of police, to save New York City and cure the infected people.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
In this sequel, Peter struggles to keep his relationship with Gwen alive. Oscorp decides to hide many instances of neglect after Max Dillon falls into a tank of electric eels and becomes fully electric, dawning him the name Electro. Oscorp founder Norman Osborn passes away and hands his business down to his son, Harry Osborn, who is dying and thinks that Spider-Man’s blood will save him. Harry takes what he thinks is a cure and ends up turning himself into the Green Goblin. Peter must take on Electro and the Green Goblin and make sacrifices if he wants to save New York again.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is the first movie in a trilogy featuring Tom Holland as Spider-Man. In this film, Peter already has his powers and is using them for good with the help and mentorship of Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Happy Hogan. Peter finds a group of villains that sell powerful and illegal weapons and decides to take action against them. This costs Peter the trust of his mentors and the experiences with his friends, Ned, MJ, Flash and Liz, that he wants. Spider-Man has to take on The Vulture, the leader of the group, to keep New York safe from the products he sells, and he has to regain the trust of Tony and Happy all while trying to keep his identity secret.

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (2018)
This animated movie gives the origin of Miles Morales. Miles becomes Spider-Man after Peter Parker dies fighting Kingpin trying to stop his machine from opening a door to other universes, or the multiverse. Other Spider-Men, women, and animals from the multiverse are transported to Miles’ world and Miles attempts to send them back home. Fighting against iconic villains like the Scorpion, Doc Oc, the Prowler, and Kingpin, Miles and the Peter variants try to save the world from the collapse of the multiverse.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
In the sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, following the conclusion of “Avengers: Endgame”, Peter takes a vacation to Europe with his school while coping with the loss of his father figure, Tony Stark. Former Avengers leader Nick Fury hijacks this trip with a job for Peter. Peter befriends Mysterio, a warrior from another universe, to fight off the elementals and keep the world safe. Through these fights and a lack of trust from Fury, Spider-Man loses his confidence and gives Mysterio access to Stark’s drones and technology. Mysterio then reveals himself to be a villain and uses illusion tech to trick everyone into thinking that he is the hero. Peter ultimately faces off against Mysterio in London to try and save Ned and MJ, who know he is Spider-Man, and the city from total destruction.

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
In the final movie of the first Tom Holland trilogy, Spider-Man’s secret identity is revealed and causes problems for himself, Aunt May, Ned and his girlfriend MJ. Peter goes to Dr. Strange to create a spell that makes people forget he is Spider-Man, but the spell is botched. Because of the spell, the multiverse opens and transports various villains from the previous two Spider-Man trilogies into Peter’s world like Electro, the Lizard, Doc Oc, Green Goblin and Sandman. Peter decides to cure the villains rather than send them back to their universe to die, but some of his foes have second thoughts and rebel against him. These fights push Tom Holland’s Peter Parker to his limit, proving he is worthy to be Spider-Man and wraps up his origin trilogy nicely.