Spider-Man now has nine films under his belt, all with different casts, villains and (mostly different) stories. 

Early buzz on the latest film, Friday's "Spider-Man: Homecoming," is good. Tom Holland dons the Spidey suit this time around, and we're finally getting a Spider-Man who acts his own age (read: is a teeanger, not a guy in his early 30s).

In "Homecoming," Holland stars as Peter Parker. He's in high school, back from trying to stop Iron Man and Captain America's "Civil War." While doing good deeds around town in the Spider-Man suit, Parker is also maintaining his high school life, complete with all the drama that comes with that. 

But before this film, Spider-Man on the silver screen was more of a college student, or out-of-college loner who liked to dance around town (see Tobey Maguire's emo dance scene in "Spider-Man 3"). 

Before we enjoy this weekend's edition of the web-spinning hero, let's look back at the ups and downs of the "Spider-Man" films so far. 


Spider-Man didn't start with Tobey Maguire. No, there was an original, made-for-TV trilogy of films that was distributed in European countries and then later released to video in the states back in the late 1970s. 

These films — "Spider-Man," "Spider-Man Strikes Back," and "Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge" — were based on the CBS television show with Nicholas Hammond in the starring role. 

They were all low budget and lacking in technical flair that we now have in spades. It's best to forget them. 


It wasn't until 2002 that fans got a proper "Spider-Man" film. Directed by Sam Raimi, the original trilogy features one of the greatest comic book films ever made with "Spider-Man 2." 

This trilogy featured Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, James Franco as Harry Osborn, and J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. Villains include the Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe; Dr. Octopus played by Alfred Molina; Venom, played by Topher Grace; and Sandman, played by Thomas Haden Church. 

The first and second "Spider-Man" films were dazzling, thanks to their mix of rooftop slinging, action and a not-too-cushy love story between Maguire and Dunst. But the trilogy went off the rails in its third film with too many villains and loose threads. 

However, the trilogy made bank: the first film grossed more than $821 million worldwide; the second $783 million worldwide; and the third made nearly $900 million worldwide. Each film set opening-day box office records at the time. 

A fourth film from Raimi was planned but scrapped for the next iteration of the universe. 


Director Marc Webb, hot off "500 Days of Summer," was brought on to revitalize and reboot the series with Andrew Garfield in the title role and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. 

Both films received mixed reactions. The first one was basically a retelling of the far superior Raimi debut but with a new villain in The Lizard, played by Rhys Ifans. The second one was kind of shrug, with more villains and plotlines than you could count on one hand — Dane DeHaan played the Green Goblin; Paul Giamatti made a small appearance as Rhino; and Jamie Foxx played Electro. 

Though both films barely made their budgets back domestically, they still grossed more than $757 and $708 million, respectively. 

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