- Some viewers were disappointed with Mysterio’s altered backstory in Spider-Man: Far From Home, as they wanted a villain with a stronger connection to Spider-Man.
- Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy faced controversy for the decision to give Peter Parker organic web-shooters, rather than the iconic web-shooters he invents.
- Andrew Garfield’s return as Spider-Man in No Way Home was initially celebrated, but some later criticized the awkward pause in the film when audiences applauded his entrance.
Spider-Man has delivered many excellent movie moments for audiences, but not every scene has left viewers satisfied. The character has a dedicated fan base, and many are picky about their favorite hero, which could lead to them being vocal about even the most minor changes. There are moments in the Spider-Man movies that leave even casual fans befuddled over how it’s directed or how it’s scripted. Still, most of the division between audiences emerges over Spider-Man’s suits, changes to his backstory, or how the actors portray him.
The Marvel hero has been portrayed by three actors: Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland. There is also the animated Spider-Verse, which centers around Miles Morales, rather than Peter Parker. There are a total of 10 Spider-Man movies, plus the character’s MCU crossovers, such as Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. While some Spider-Man films have been universally praised like Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, some left audiences with mixed reactions. However, every film has moments that divide viewers, even the best ones. Here are 10 Spider-Man movie moments that divided fans.
10 Mysterio’s Backstory Is Revealed In Spider-Man: Far From Home
Spider-Man comic book readers knew Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio was a villain, despite Spider-Man: Far From Home trying to make it a twist. However, many weren’t aware of his altered backstory for the MCU, and it left some viewers with a sour taste in their mouths. Quentin Beck was a former employee of Tony Stark’s who wanted to get vengeance on him after being fired. With this backstory, Beck becomes another Spider-Man villain angered by Stark, the second one after Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It might fit for the MCU, but many wanted a Spider-Man foe who had an attachment to the young web-slinger.
9 Tobey Maguire’s Organic Web-shooters In Spider-Man
One significant change that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man made to the character was that his webs came from his body naturally, rather than through web-shooters he invented. Maguire’s Peter Parker is intelligent enough to create the iconic wrist shooters, but this trilogy went in a different direction. While it was a controversial choice at the time, it’s become a joke for many. Even the movies acknowledge that it was a strange decision, with the other Spider-Men questioning him about it in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
8 Andrew Garfield’s Entrance In Spider-Man: No Way Home
While not everyone loves the movies starring Garfield as Spider-Man, many still love his performance and were excited to see him return in No Way Home. When he finally showed up, audiences celebrated in the theaters. The filmmakers knew this would happen, and left a pause in the film, so the crowd could get their cheers in. Audiences loved Garfield’s arrival, but over time, this scene has received criticism for leaving a pause that feels awkward upon a second watch when no one is applauding.
7 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s Cliffhanger Ending
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was another successful venture into the Spider-Verse, with some debate over whether this sequel was better than the first. However, another point of contention among viewers was the film’s cliffhanger ending. In Across the Spider-Verse, Miles ends up in another universe and is captured by the Prowler. However, in this world, he is the Prowler, and Miles comes face-to-face with the darker version of himself. This is where the movie ends, creating hype for Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. Many viewers felt dissatisfied with the ending, but if part 2 delivers, then it could be forgiven.
6 TASM 2 Establishes Richard Parker Created The Spider That Bit Peter
There is a lot that is unknown about Peter Parker’s parents. Initially, the comics gave no explanation, but a few storylines suggested Richard Parker was a biologist or a CIA agent. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 went too far for many fans as it revealed that Richard worked with Norman Osborn and created the spider that bit Peter with his own DNA. This revelation took out the randomness behind Spider-Man. Anyone can be the masked hero and giving Peter a connection to the spider makes his powers feel like fate, rather than an incidental circumstance.
5 Peter Parker Dances In Spider-Man 3
After coming into contact with the Venom symbiote in Spider-Man 3, Peter gets attached to his newfound power and becomes overly cocky and arrogant. This leads to a scene of him dancing in the middle of New York City and flirting with random women. While the scene is meant to show the transition of shy Peter Parker into a pompous brat, it comes across as corny and uncomfortable to watch. Maguire can’t sell this overconfident new version of his character, and this sequence led to one of the best memes from the Raimi trilogy, rather than a disturbed version of Spider-Man.
4 How Late Harry Osborn Learned How Norman Died In Raimi’s Spider-Man Movies
For two movies, James Franco’s Harry Osborn blamed Spider-Man for his father’s death, despite the reality that Norman killed himself with his own glider while trying to kill Peter. In his anger toward Spider-Man, he sought vengeance on his former friend, leading to his face being half-burned after a confrontation between the two went too far. Harry finally learns what really happened when his butler tells him, and many viewers found it strange that the butler knew what happened and never told him until it was too late. The butler claimed it was to protect Harry from the truth, but that was a poor excuse and the whole conflict could have been avoided.
3 Spider-Man’s Stark Tech Suit In Spider-Man: Homecoming
One critique many have of Peter’s MCU storyline thus far is that he seems like Iron Man Jr. rather than Spider-Man. After being recruited in Civil War, Peter became Tony’s protégé and was given a fresh suit built by Tony that he used in Homecoming. While the complicated suit led to several hilarious moments, many didn’t want to see Spider-Man utilizing a high-tech suit that was built by somebody else. This became a recurring criticism for Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU, but it might not be a problem going forward as he is swinging around in a homemade suit at the end of No Way Home.
2 Spider-Man 3 Retconning Uncle Ben’s Death
Spider-Man 3 made an interesting retcon with Sandman by making him Uncle Ben’s killer. This retcon altered what happened in the comics and in the first film as it was no longer a random goon and instead was a notorious Spider-Man villain. This decision was controversial as it took away the impact of Uncle Ben’s death. The reason it’s Peter’s canon event is he feels tremendous guilt that he didn’t do more to stop Ben’s killer, so he becomes Spider-Man to prevent this from happening ever again. While the robber does bump Flint Marko causing him to pull the trigger, it takes the guilt away from Peter and places it on Flint.
1 Gwen Stacy’s Death In The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Gwen Stacy’s death is arguably the most shocking moment from the Spider-Man comics. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 recreated this moment, but not in a way that it deserved. There was already way too much happening in the movie, and Gwen’s death felt rushed, rather than a pivotal moment in Peter’s development as a hero. Not only that but this was Green Goblin’s introduction as a villain, so there was no rivalry between the two characters yet. It was shocking that this movie decided to kill Gwen, but it’s an iconic moment from the comics that deserved more time to marinate in the Spider-Man movie.