Spider-Man Trilogy Overveiw

Many people think Tobey Maguire was the best Spider-Man and that the Sam Raimi movies were the best Spider-Man movies. I think this was mostly because of how comic-accurate the movies were, so I made a list of the specific things people liked and disliked about this series of Spider-Man movies. There is also no specific order in which the reasons are listed

Costume: Many people liked the costume and thought it was really comic accurate. It wasn’t spandex, luckily, but it still looked exactly like the comics. The only difference I could point out was that it had silver webbing instead of black. I don’t know why they decided to do that, but I personally don’t mind it. I think it is also important to mention that the costume did not feature web wings.

Struggles and Responsibility: Before Uncle Ben died he had told Peter, “with great power, there must also come great responsibility.” Later on, Uncle Ben would die and become Spider-Man’s motivation. Peter has had a lot of struggles in the movie such as dealing with loved ones and making money. We see him worry about Aunt May’s grief and disappoint Mary Jane throughout the series. With all of these struggles, he’s going to have more responsibility to get what he wants. He also mentioned Uncle Ben a lot which is something he did in the comics. Not many other Spider-Men have talked about him a lot, which is weird because he’s Spider-Man’s motivation.

More likable characters: I think the movies also used more common and likable characters. For example, the main love interest for Spider-Man is Mary Jane. She has been the most liked and common for Peter. They even got married. She was also an actress just like in the comics. It also uses villains like Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, and Venom. They were originally going to make Vulture the main villain for Spider-Man 3, but they went with Venom due to his popularity.

The actors are too old: Many people have complained that Rosemary  Harris’ Aunt May was too old to be an aunt and that Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker was too old to be a high schooler. This may be true, but they do seem to look as they did in the comics. Aunt May was around that age in the comics for some reason. Also, Tobey may have been a little too old for Peter, but he wasn’t always 16 in the comics. Later on, he grew up, got married, and got a place around the late 1980s. Most of the Spider-Man comics that I’ve read have been from the late 1980s and early 1990s because I come across those the most, so I’m a bit familiar with an older Spider-Man.

I think the Spider-Man trilogy holds up really well and is the best live-action Spider-Man to this day.


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  1. Malisha Green

    Nice write up. This gives me more affinity for the Spider-Man characters and story lines.