Many Spider-Man movies have graced the Box Office. But not all of them (not even your favorite ones) are comic book accurate. Some of these may even surprise you.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Spider-Man: Far From Home did nail the looks and the costumes. But the story did not resonate reasonably well with any major Spider-Man storyline from the comic books. And that’s why Far from Home is the least comic book accurate of Spider-Man movies.
The MCU movies are infamous for creating whole new plotlines for the sake of entertainment. We don’t blame them. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is one of the best things that ever came our way. That still does not amount to MCU’s Spider-Man movies being comic book accurate though.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Since the Venom movies are not about Peter Parker, it is fairly easy to say that they are the least comic accurate Spider-Man movies. But that is not actually the case. Both the Venom movies are fairly comic book accurate. Venom: Let There Be Carnage ranks a slot lower than the original movie because it took a few creative liberties to deliver a more blockbuster worthy story arc. And we all know how that backfired and ended up hurting its Box Office earnings. Venom 2 still nails the look of Carnage and Woody Harrelson is on point as Cletus Kasady. Even the mental tugs of war between Venom and Eddie are fairly comic accurate.
The original Venom movie totally took things the comic book way. Sony did not want to take any risks after the fiasco that was Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Taking multiple cues from the Lethal Protector story arc and the Planet of the Symbiotes storyline, Venom delivered a reasonably accurate movie as far as Spider-Man movies are concerned. Case in point – Venom did not have Peter Parker in it and still made hundreds of millions in the Box Office.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is obviously not THE most comic book accurate of Spider-Man movies. But in their defense, they did do many things sticking close to the source material. The Prowler and Miles Morales’ character development is pretty true to the source. The Spider-Verse in general could also have used a bit of Madame Web and Morlun but since it was the first in a host of Spider-Man movies based on the Spider-Verse, we aren’t complaining.
The Sam Raimi movies take direct inspiration form the source materials. But of the three Spider-Man movies made by Sam Raimi, the worst and the least comic book accurate of the lot is Spider-Man 3. The story was total bonkers at times and took many shortcuts to make way for a more lucrative, theater-worthy climax. That is not to say the movie was bad. It is still watch-worthy but you have to keep your comic book sense at home to give this movie a shot.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fumbled a lot in terms of comic book accuracy. TASM 2 obviously was inspired from the stories of the Ultimates universe Spider-Man than Earth-6161 Spider-Man.
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man comes the closest to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (2002) in terms of comic accuracy for a Spider-Man origin movie. Andrew Garfield played a better, more funnier version of Spider-Man in our opinion although he was a bit lacking in the Peter Parker department. That honor definitely goes to Tobey Maguire. TASM gave us the first ever Spider-Man with his trademark quick wit.
While no movie ever is a 100% comic book accurate, Sam Raimi’s 2002 movie – Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire, comes the closest. It is second only to its successor – Spider-Man 2, for the way Spider-Man movies portray the wall-crawler and the villains. The only reason it ducked out on the number one spot was because of Green Goblin’s non-comic book accurate suit.
The honor for the most comic book accurate of Spider-Man movies goes to 2004’s Spider-Man 2. Starting from the story, the villain’s origin story, Peter’s struggles as a Daily Bugle reporter, and Harry becoming estranged from his best friend – everything is as close to the comic books as it can realistically get.