When Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” was released in 2002, there was no Marvel Cinematic Universe, no Avengers and no Heath Ledger Joker.
Additionally, Tom Holland was five years old (let that sink in).
There was just a 27-year-old man playing a high schooler, a legendary performance from J.K. Simmons, phenomenal direction from Mr. Raimi and of course, a massive budget. And it was all we needed.
The films did a lot in building the modern hero flick, and while we love the original Spidey trilogy, they did include some cringe-worthy moments (mostly in “Spider-Man 3”).
So, without further delay, here are our top five bad moments of the original web-slinger series.
5. The Green Goblin Ranger
Willem Dafoe delivers a chilling-to-the-bone performance as Norman Osbourne, a genius who descends into insanity after an experiment gone wrong. So it’s awfully disappointing when The Green Goblin makes his grand entrance in “Spider-Man” looking like a Power Ranger that mated with a Beetleborg and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with too much vigor. The costume is utterly ridiculous and one of the only misses in a truly excellent film.
While Topher Grace did a knock-out job as Eddie Brock, his transition into Venom was a bit of a mess. “Spider-Man 3” is heavily criticized for a plethora of reasons, and its ball dropping of one of Spider-Man’s most iconic villains is at the top of the list.
3. Harry Osbourne
The “Spider-Man” films are not the strongest performances from the future Oscar winner. But beyond that, the character was not written particularly well. Franco’s Harry Osbourne was not believable as the heir of Oscorp, or a genius in his own right. The character came off as a bit of a slacker with daddy issues, and not much more. Sure, a big factor in Harry’s growth was the death of his father, Norman Osbourne. But we didn’t get much evidence from the get-go that there was a genius in there waiting in the wings.
2. Uncle Ben’s Killer
It’s a good thing Spidey caught Uncle Ben’s killer in the first movie….WHAT? IT WAS ACTUALLY THE SANDMAN? TARNATION! Sure, the transfer of blame for the iconic family member’s murder from a thug in the first film to Sandman in the third film added some emotion to the final chapter, but only by stealing some of the emotion from the first film. Plus, it was done so lazily, it really is infuriating. Here’s a reminder (via https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKrGC4dVxmihrK2LIL5crvg)
1. Emo Pete
As lovers of scenes and films that are “so bad they’re good,” we LOVE everything about Peter Parker’s short-lived emo/dancing/sociopath phase. The scenes sunk the movie into guilty pleasure territory, but, worth it. He was also the first emo kid in recorded history to dance to swing jazz. (via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX23r272kqg&t=6s)
Well, that’s our list. What do you think of the original “Spider-Man” classics? Comment below and fill us in!