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What the best Spider-Man movies tell us about Spidey

The best Spidey movies give insight into the character.

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In celebration of everyone’s favorite web-head, July is Spectacular Spider-Month at AiPT!. We have a series of amazing articles in store for the month. Movies, television, gaming, and of course comics will all be covered with great responsibility as we honor one of comics’ greatest heroes.

On July 2, Spider-Man: Far From Home will open in theaters around the country. The best Spider-Man movies are great comic book films that provide a deeper insight into the character. Here are the best ones and what they tell audiences about the character both with the mask on, and beneath it.

(This is just movies starring Spider-Man. Avengers movies are not included. Civil War was also not considered since it is a Captain America movie.)

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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Arguably the best Spider-Man movie of them all, Sam Raimi’s second Spidey entry does just about everything right. The story sees Peter Parker’s life falling around him as he struggles with school and money. Meanwhile, his life as Spider-Man is becoming a strain on his personal life. Tobey Maguire gets the mannerisms and personality of Parker down perfectly. The best superhero movies examine the sacrifice it takes to be a hero and all the right emotional beats are hit here.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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If Civil War is Spider-Man’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe then Homecoming is his coming out party. Tom Holland is arguably the best Peter Parker ever. The movie is as much about the fun and humor of being a hero as it is about making sacrifices and saving lives. Of course, even a Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man needs do to those things sometimes, but Homecoming is almost an homage to the John Hughes teen flicks of the 1980s. In between being a hero, Spidey is also just a kid trying to learn how to deal with life. This sense of wonderment is captured throughout all of Homecoming

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

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The newest entry in the list also tells a classic Spider-Man story. There is the gaining of new power, dealing with school, and learning to be a hero. Into the Spider-Verse also focuses on how important family is to Miles Morales. It is a touching story filled with humor and heroism, but it the underlying tone is always about how much familial bonds mean. This also makes a strong argument for the best Spidey movie. It is certainly the most relatable.

The best Spider-Man movies are entertaining and memorable. The ones that stand above the rest also give audiences insight into the character. Superheroes acting heroic is fun to see, but it is also what they are supposed to do. When a comic film goes a little deeper and let the viewers see motivations, it gives real understanding to its characters. There is no hero like Spider-Man and the greatest movies about the character prove it.

Thank you for joining AiPT! during Spectacular Spider-Month! Be sure to check back in every day for more Spider-Man content including interviews, features, opinions, and more!

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