spider-man villains ranked

When I first pitched my idea to rank all the villains in the Spider-Man movies thus far, I was thinking small – I’d pound out a feature about the biggest bads in Peter Parker’s life and have a little fun. “Sure thing!” said /Film managing editor Jacob Hall. But then he added: “In addition to the major villains, make this stupidly comprehensive.”

Oh no. Please deceive me, eyes. “Every street criminal, every minor bad guy, and every single character who even hinders Peter Parker should be on this list.” So now I had to watch five two-hour-plus Spider-Man movies. And note every villain. And somehow make sense of a ranking that ranges from natural forces to Bruce Campbell. And find time to sleep.

I accomplished three of those objectives. My poor, neglected bed.

Enjoy the ramblings of a broken man who renewed his love of Sam Raimi’s Tobey-Man series and reaffirmed his disinterest in Marc Webb’s super-effing-dark trilogy that never was.

Note: This list does not include the villains from Spider-Man: Homecoming, mainly because this list requires the ability to press pause. Perhaps we’ll revisit it someday…

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Spider-Man 3 editor's cut

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 debuted ten years ago this month, and though the movie pulled in $890 million worldwide (more than $100 million more than its predecessor), it was largely seen as a misstep in the franchise by fans and critics. Since then, the maligned sequel has experienced a bit of a critical reappraisal and now seems as close to cult status as a mainstream film with a $258 million budget can be.

Over the weekend, a new “Editor’s Cut” of the 2007 sequel made its way online over at Amazon, only to be unceremoniously pulled from the digital shelves because it debuted too soon. Below, read all about the Spider-Man 3 editor’s cut and when you’ll have the opportunity to see it again.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Ride

Want to hear Ben Affleck try to do Christian Bale‘s signature growl as Batman? Which Marvel director is getting their own Funko POP Vinyl figure? Would you like to see an Arrow movie with Stephen Amell teamed up with Batman? What is the new official “Editor’s Cut” of Spider-Man 3? Want to see the Spider-Man: Homecoming score tracklist? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Gabriel Hardman interview

In 1993, at only 19 years old, an aspiring comic book artist named Gabriel Hardman got what appeared to be a big break: the chance to pencil Marvel’s War Machine. But not long after completing the assignment, Hardman chose to ditch comics, move to Hollywood and try to make it as a storyboard artist.

By any measure of success, there’s no doubt that Hardman “made it.” Over the next two decades, he worked on a variety of beloved and/or critically acclaimed projects; ranging from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) to Interstellar (2014). But at the same time, while on that upward trajectory, he storyboarded a handful famous flops. Including three films which have been the focus of How Did This Get Made? episodes: Wild Wild West, Spider-Man 3 and Green Lantern.

Interestingly enough, it took a frustrating experience on one of those three films to lead Hardman back to the career he had previously left. And, since then, he has regularly toggled between working in comics (such as Invisible Republic and Heathentown) and working on films (such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises). To learn more about this unexpected journey, we spoke with Gabriel Hardman about some of the ups and downs in his career.

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Why does David Goyer defend Superman killing General Zod in Man of Steel? Who are the best queer villains in comic book history? Does a new shirt offer a glimpse of the new Captain America suit in Civil War? Is there reason to believe Doctor Strange will be the best film in Marvel’s Phase Three? How does Sam Raimi feel about Spider-Man 3 eight years later? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Sam Raimi Agrees ‘Spider-Man 3’ Was “Awful”

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Spider-Man 3 has a lot of detractors, and now you can count its director, Sam Raimi, among them. The director admitted in a recent interview that he “messed up plenty” with the movie, calling the results “awful.” Oh, and he doesn’t seem to be all that into his own Oz The Great and Powerful, either. Read the Sam Raimi Spider-Man 3 comments after the jump.  Read More »

Everything Wrong with Spider-man 3

If I were to judge The Amazing Spider-man 2 solely on the responses I’ve seen on my film-geek filled twitter feed and my movie critic-filled RSS feed (the film has a 55% rotten critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes), I would think this might be the worst comic book movie of all time.

I saw Amazing Spider-man 2 after some of the negative buzz and was pleasantly surprised. Maybe its that I had such low expectations, but I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-man sequel despite the many problems contained in the villain storylines. But I wasn’t the only one to enjoy the movie, the movie is getting a respectable 7.5 and 74% ratings on IMDb and Dlixster, with almost 250,000 user votes.

Not only was The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a better film than the last movie, but it was a better film than Sam Raimi’s last installment of the superhero tale. Many people seem to be clouded by the awesomeness of Spider-man 2 (one of the best superhero films of all time, in my opinion), and forget just how bad Spider-Man 3 was. Not only that, but the Spider-man 2 rub makes people forget about all the horrible stuff in the first Sam Raimi film (I seem to remember Macy Grey singing a concert in Times Square and Peter Parker coming across an underground professional wrestling cage match in an alleyway, featuring Macho Man Randy Savage).

I watched some of Spider-man 3 over last weekend (yes, its worse than you even remember), and I don’t know how anyone could think that Spider-man 3 is a better movie. I can understand if you had problems with The Amazing Spider-man 2, but it seems to me that most of the people on my social feeds had made up their minds about the movie before seeing it.

The guys at CinemaSins have put together a 13-minute Everything Wrong with Spider-Man 3 video, and ScreenJunkies have released an honest trailer for the Sam Raimi Spider-man trilogy. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.

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When can you see a new teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy? What stories do the cast of Amazing Spider-Man 2 want to see in Sinister Six? How is Alicia Keys‘ song in the new film? When does the Michael Keaton film Birdman open? Want to see a bunch of concept art and costumes from Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man 3? What is the history between Captain America and The Winter Soldier? Will Jennifer Garner talk about Batman vs. Superman anymore? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Thor Dark World Chris Hemsworth

How can you – yes, you – ask Bryan Singer a question about X-Men: Days of Future Past? Is Chris Hemsworth contracted for a third Thor movie? Did Ben Affleck also film a scene from Batman vs. Superman this weekend? Who are the 50 greatest X-Men of all time? Want to see a funny scene featuring Kat Dennings, Natalie Portman and Chris O’Dowd from Thor: The Dark World? Why is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airing on Fox stations? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Comic book adaptations may be a cinema staple these days, but when Sam Raimi‘s first Spider-Man opened a decade ago, Hollywood still wasn’t entirely sure about this whole superhero movie thing. In fact, it was in part thanks to the critical and commercial success of that movie that we’re in the middle of a costumed-hero glut at the moment.

The trend came full circle this week with Marc Webb‘s reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, which starts fresh with a brand-new Spidey (Andrew Garfield) and a revamped origin tale. As that film takes the box office by storm, Kees van Dijkhuizen has taken it upon himself to revisit Raimi’s original trilogy. Watch his 6-minute montage of highlights from the Tobey Maguire movies — yes, even the disappointing last one — after the jump.

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