Updated: Dec 1, 2021
Multiple Spider-Men, over a dozen films, spanning more than two decades; no wonder it can be difficult to remember which to watch first. This watch order will take you through the Raimi-helmed Tobey Maguire films, the Marc Webb directed Andrew Garfield films, all of the Tom Holland MCU films, as well as a couple of miscellaneous additions.
Also, here's a printable PDF version (if that's your thing)
1. Spider-Man (2002)
No better place to start than the beginning. This film introduces Tobey Maguire's run as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and gives us many iconic scenes. Peter getting bit by the spider, fighting Crusher Hogan, Uncle Ben getting... Uncle Benned, etc. Willem Dafoe hams it up as Norman Osborne / Green Goblin, one of the craziest Spider-Man villains on film.
2. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Widely considered the best Spider-Man movie (if not the best super hero movie) ever made. Peter's life as Spider-Man and his personal life come into conflict. He's failing out of school, MJ is with someone else, and the Daily Bugle is constantly printing FAKE NEWS about the wall crawling menace. It sounds like he needs a super villain to shake things up. Enter Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto Octavius, a lunatic with more hands than Harvey Weinstein at a cast party.
3. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Hold your nose and dive in to a mess of a Spider-Man movie. An alien symbiote merges with Spider-Man, giving him a new black suit and a new corny bad-boy attitude. There's also a new Green Goblin and a completely cut-able plotline about Sandman. Try not to cringe too hard as Topher Grace tries to be scary.
4. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Reboot time! A new Peter Parker, check. Peter gets bit by a radioactive spider, check. Uncle Ben gets... Uncle Benned, check. Spider-Man has to fight an older mentor figure-turned super villain, check. Is "evil" a requirement for being a professor in the Spider-verse?
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Peter finds his personal life in conflict with his duty as Spider-Man... Hey wait a minute! Did they just try to remake Spider-Man 2? Well, this one is full of villains and struggles with serious pacing issues, so maybe they remade Spider-Man 3?
6. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Hey, wait a second. Why is there a Captain America movie on this list? Well, this film serves as the introduction of the longest-running iteration of Spider-Man on film. If this were just a cameo, I may not have included the movie on this list. But this is a critical watch, if not just to set up the relationship between Tony Stark and the MCU Peter Parker. Thankfully, no one gets Uncle Benned in this one.
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Tom Holland, to me, IS Spider-Man. No disrespect to Toby and Andrew, but Holland kills it in this movie. Probably the most fun film on this list, and one of my favorites. Also, Michael Keaton plays a winged comic book character; no not that one, he plays The Vulture! I'm still shuddering thinking about that conversation in the car (you'll know what I'm talking about if you've seen it).
8. Avengers: Infinity War (April 2018)
2018 was a magical year. The MeToo movement was in full swing, COVID-19 didn't exist yet, and we got three Spider-Man related films. The first, Avengers: Infinity War, took Spidey to space along with a wizard and a billionaire. Did this movie predict 2021?
9. Venom (October 2018)
A Spider-Man movie with no Spider-Man? Yeah, why not? Venom is a Spider-Man character who will eventually meet up with the famous wall-crawler (hopefully sooner rather than later). This movie, for me, somewhat fixed the terrible attempt at Venom from Spider-Man 3. Enjoy Tom Hardy's grumbles for two hours.
10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (December 2018)
The only animated film on this list, but it may be the best movie on this list. I'm not joking. If you skipped this film because it's animated, rectify that now. More Spider-Men (and Spider-Women) on screen than any other film. Also, the only film on this list to include a brooding Nicholas Cage and a pig who can stick to walls. Oh, by the way, this movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Well deserved.
11. Avengers: Endgame (April 2019)
I cannot stress how much I love this movie. If you told 10-year-old me that there would be a 2 1/2 hour movie starring all of my favorite Marvel heroes fighting Thanos, after 22 lead-up films, I would have called you a liar and cried because you presented a future that could not be possible. Luckily, we live in the best possible timeline (at least in terms of super hero movies, anyway) and we have the MCU. Oh, and Spider-Man's in this movie as well.
12. Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 2019)
Only three-ish short months after Avengers: Endgame we get a Spidey solo film that acts as a nice cap on the Infinity Saga. Mysterio, one of the O.G. Sinister Six members (now that I think about it, the only original Sinister Six member we haven't seen on screen is Kraven the Hunter). Super fun movie, that deals with death, loss, identity, guilt, gaslighting, and the murder of high school children by billion dollar drone programs. Neato!
13. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (October 2021)
Again, tell a 10-year-old me that there will be a film based on the Maximum Carnage storyline and I would wonder aloud why this horrible person was bullying me with obviously too-good-to-be-true lies. But it exists and... well... it's a movie. Make sure you watch the post-credits scene.
14. Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 2021)
I would love to tell you all about this film, but it isn't out yet. Check back after release...
Back in the ancient, far away decade of the 1970's, comic books were incredibly popular and TV execs were looking for new shows to greenlight. Tons of Marvel shows were developed and hit the airwaves during this time. Most of them died quickly and one survived well beyond it's novelty, The Incredible Hulk starring Lou Ferrigno. The Amazing Spider-Man series was somewhere in the middle. It was on the air for two years, but in that time it spawned three full-length feature films. The first film "Spider-Man" effectively acted as the pilot for the tv show. The other two films in the series were first aired as episodes of the show, cut up into 22-minute segments. If you want to watch these films, and you should if you have a high cringe-tolerance, you can find them all on YouTube for free. Watch these before starting the list for the best effect. The films are:
Spider-Man Strikes Back
Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge
I'm sure there's something I've missed. Please let me know if I completely ignored some obscure Hungarian 7-film Spider-Man epic somewhere. Enjoy!