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Comic Vine Question of the Week RESULTS: Favorite Spider-Man Movie

Did Spider-Man 3 win?!?

Our month-long celebration of Spider-Man continues! If you're wondering why Peter Parker's getting so much love on the homepage, it's because he's our first character of the month. This week, we wanted you to reflect on the web-slinger's live-action movies. After a 2 day voting period, 375 Viners voted and they've picked 2004's Spider-Man 2 as the winner! It took a fair lead, too. Way to go, Sam Raimi. Now, do yourself a favor and click here for mandatory background music.

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Remember that time Alfred Molina played Doc Ock and he fought Spider-Man across the city on a train?! Of course you do, and that's because it was an awesome scene and Otto was a very memorable villain. Sure, it's a little odd seeing Octavius get punched in the face by Spidey a bunch of times, but who cares when it's so entertaining? We can just assume Parker's holding back a lot as well, right? Having a compelling foe is reason enough to give this movie praise, but on top of that, it also heavily addressed the sense of responsibility -- with great power and all that -- that Peter has. Can he simply stop being Spider-Man and let the world go back to the way it was? It sure would be easier for him since being a hero is taking a huge toll on his life. This movie shines the spotlight on that, but instead of being a total downer and building-up to something uplifting and inspiring, it has a great sense of fun throughout and even a comic book-ish vibe at times. Plus, the score is unforgettable and fits the movie's atmosphere so well. So yeah, it's fair to understand why so many love this movie, especially since it was such a huge hit at the time.

The Comic Viner JonSmith explains why they believe the movie is, well, awesome.

"Oh, I wish I could vote twice. If so, I'd vote for Spider-Man 2 AND Amazing Spider-Man 2. Instead, I have to give it to the good ol' Spider-Man 2. It was just the better movie, in my opinion. Better villain, better acting, Peter Parker was getting his butt kicked from every possible angle, in suit and out. Fantastic. Ock was awesome, Alfred Molina nailed the role, the arms looked awesome, and the whole 'tragic villain' thing was great in all respects. Peter losing his powers and having to relearn what it means to be a hero to return to being Spider-Man was... I'm running out of positive words to describe all the awesome parts of this movie. Maybe it's the nostalgia goggles talking, but this was the best movie out of all the Spider-Man films."

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The Comic Viner DaltonMunnal says why they think the second place movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is the best one.

"TASM2 > TASM > SM2 > SM > SM3.

Best acting by far. Most emotionally invested story. Feels the most like a comic book on screen I've ever seen (possibly more so than The Avengers). I have mixed feelings on the soundtrack. I'll have to reserve that for a second viewing. Others have complaints that it spends too much time setting up the future instead of being it's own movie, but from my perspective it doesn't get any more comic book than that. Until recently I had recalled SM1&2 still being great movies despite my preferring TASM and hating Tobey and Dunst, but I just rewatched them last week and realized that it was nostalgia talking and SM was awful, and SM2 was a good deal better but still loaded with problems and has reached the point of not quite holding up anymore."

Here's the complete poll results. Kind of funny that Spider-Man 3 received 3%, no?

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What's YOUR favorite scene from Spider-Man 2? Don't be shy, tell us below! Also, keep your eyes on the homepage for more Spidey content throughout the month of May. Be well, true believers!

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Posted By The Jeff

Spider-Man 2 will always be king

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Posted By The Stegman

@theacidskull: Yep, then I watched ASM2 again, contemplated, and changed my mind, lol.

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Posted By spidermonkey2099

Finally saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 earlier today, and I've got to say, it's easily my favorite Spider-Man movie so far.

I was never a fan of the Raimi Spider-Man films (way too campy, bad acting/writing, among other things), but I've loved Webb's 2 films so far, especially this latest one. The first Amazing Spider-Man was great, up until the third act. I think Connors was portrayed well in the movie, but by that third act, I felt something was missing from his characterization (I recently realized it was his family that I was missing... could have been so much more compelling in my opinion if, on top of trying to protect NY City, Spider-Man was trying to protect the Connors family from the good doc... that was always my favorite aspect of the character anyway... but I digress).

This latest one, at least after the first viewing, was great all the way through. Garfield and Stone are, once again, spectacular as Spidey and Gwen. The action sequences were sensational. And I thought DeHaan and Fox did great jobs as the villains in this movie (and I also like Giamatti's 2 little scenes as the Rhino... those were 2 short but sweet fight scenes).

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Posted By MonsterStomp

People really liked SM 2? Why? The romance was overdone.

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Posted By MASTER_OF_SUPRISE

Well my pick didn't win but 2nd place isn't so bad.

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Posted By PunyParker
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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

@punyparker: Talk to me 5 years ago and I would have said yes, but only because it had Venom in it and I was fanboying like crazy :)

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@consafo80 said:

when was the last time the people praising Spider-Man 2? I watched it for first time in about 8 years last week and it has not aged well. Also what's with the close up of a random woman screaming every 5 minutes?

The movie's corny but it has a clear story to tell with refined characters. That outweights any stylistic choices Sam Raimi did. Also, the movie is basically a homage to those first Spidey comics.

The arc of Peter slowly losing his powers trying to figure out the balance between personal life and hero life is illustrated so well I'd say this should be used as a text book example.

The cgi is outdated but the way they use it (Doc Ock's shades when Spidey's swinging towards him) and the final swing at the end is just pure genious and exhilirating.

EDIT. I can't believe The Amazing Spider-Man got more votes than Spider-Man. TASM was so boring and everything it did contrast to the original was a downgrade minus the cgi.

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Posted By consafo80

when was the last time the people praising Spider-Man 2? I watched it for first time in about 8 years last week and it has not aged well. Also what's with the close up of a random woman screaming every 5 minutes?

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Posted By PunyParker

@punyparker: It's fine, after all it could have been much worse. I've been on this site for less then a year, and have already had my share of ignorant fanboys misread what I'm trying to say and attack me for it. At least you kept things coherent and reasonable.

I didn't see it as an insult,you either expressed your opinion(which you did) or legitimatelly asked a question.
It's not wrong in any way.

After all it's all opinions.If you say your favorite movie is Spider-Man 3,it's your opinion ,and i can do nothing about it,except hit my head on the wall.... :P

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Posted By Transformers1024

I like both Amazing Spider-Man's more than any of the Raimi films. ASM2 is easily one of my favorite comic books movies of all time.

P.S. - Don't like my opinion? Cool.

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Edited By Ascended

@silent_bomber: I also won't forget to watch The Amazing Spider-man 2. Cause that will be the movie that will determine whether or not I like Andrew as Spider-man.. but just still keep in mind that I didn't like him in the first movie.

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Posted By Saren

@thewalkingdeadpool18: That's your second warning so far for personal attacks and abrasive comments. There's not going to be a third.

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Posted By Balbirman

I think der r sm pros nd cons in each version

tasm was worst Spider-Man movie ofcourse... because of d fucked up costume... webb wat were u thinking.... nd d loss of organic webbing also disappointed me at sm level.... I liked dat organic webbing... but TASM 2 had nw became my mst fav... its more real.. nd spclly the vfx are jaw dropping...

nd pete look less like a geek..nd d romance is also far better

P.S- I luvd d first spiderman I m nt a garfield fan...

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Posted By Balbirman

I think der r sm pros nd cons in each version

tasm was worst Spider-Man movie ofcourse... because of d fucked up costume... webb wat were u thinking.... nd d loss of organic webbing also disappointed me at sm level.... I liked dat organic webbing... but TASM 2 had nw became my mst fav... its more real.. nd spclly the vfx are jaw dropping...

nd pete look less like a geek..nd d romance is also far better

P.S- I luvd d first spiderman I m nt a garfield fan...

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@silent_bomber: Oh yeah, shouldn't have compared them then. Forgot that their Peter Parkers are different.

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@ascended said:

@jokercell: The Peter Parker in the comics is awkward, nerdy, shy.

No, he is not, he is confident, quick-witted, humourous and intelligent, but prone to introspection.

You're describing Peter Parker from Amazing Fantasy 15 and little else.

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Edited By Sighburr_Punk

@ascended While I may not agreed with your opinion or how strongly you hold to it, you have defended it valiantly.

Kudos sir.

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(Not being sarcastic, I just like the Joker lol)

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@jokercell: The Peter Parker in the comics is awkward, nerdy, shy, and determined to find out about the world while struggling to balance his life. I think Tobey Maguire nailed the role pretty well, better than Andrew.

I honestly still have NO IDEA how can people say Tobey doesn't fit in the Spider-man suit. I watched Spider-man 2 again yesterday with a thought of that in my mind, and he's not as weird as people think he is or make him out to be.

And it's also a fact that The Amazing Spider-man (first part) was utter piss poor compare to Spider-man 1. Now I hope nobody needs me to say that or repeat that cause it doesn't take a genius to figure it out.

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How can anyone like the The Amazing Spider-Man movies more than the first two Sam Raimi Spider-Man flicks? I liked how Andrew Garfield portrayed Peter Parker more like he was in the comics, but Marc Webb has done this new franchise a disservice.

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Posted By The_Titan_Lord

lol nice.

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Posted By Manchine

I didn't vote but it was kinda obvious that the best one be voted #1.

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Edited By Godzilla_BK

I'm surprised Spider-man 3 even managed to get 3% of the votes

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Posted By infantfinite128

Huzzah! Spider-man 2 deserved to win! Despite the casting, I think it's the perfect representation of the Spider-man I love from the comics, and a good showcase why I love his universe!

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Posted By thewalkingdeadpool18

@punyparker:

I hate ignorant people like you. Thinking your opinion is fact saying humanity sucks if they don't agree with you like a self entitled prick. Get over yourself all you do is act like an ego maniac and complain non stop over Slott or TASM or anything and repeatedly act like your opinion is fact. Get off your high horse kid.

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Posted By ULTRAstarkiller

Glad Spiderman 2 won.

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

@punyparker: It's fine, after all it could have been much worse. I've been on this site for less then a year, and have already had my share of ignorant fanboys misread what I'm trying to say and attack me for it. At least you kept things coherent and reasonable.

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Posted By TheThe

The way people talk so much crap about TASM series, I'm surprised they snagged 2nd and 3rd place.

pretty much this

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Posted By PunyParker

@punyparker: Wow, that was a really long response for my extremely short comment. I just don't like it, and have trouble understanding why other people do. Not looking for any conversation or explanation, just stating how I feel in a quick sentence.

Oh,okay.
I thought you were literally asking.

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

@punyparker: Wow, that was a really long response for my extremely short comment. I just don't like it, and have trouble understanding why other people do. Not looking for any conversation or explanation, just stating how I feel in a quick sentence.

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Posted By PunyParker

I still don't get why people like Spider-Man 2

Look.

It's the movie where we see the best acting from the whole trilogy.
It's the movie in which the predictable plot(Parker struggling with his powers,romantic conflict,good guy turned villian) is the most interesting from the whole trilogy
It's the movie which has more Spider-Man than any other Spidey film.
And the action scenes are the best in a Superhero film,to date.

This is enough for people to like it.....that's what no producer-filmmaker has got yet.
We are not difficult to satisfy,like everyone claims.

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@thewalkingdeadpool18 said:

@punyparker:

I hate ignorant people like you. You're opinion represents the hope of humanity? Get over yourself you self entitled tool.

Calm your tits,and go lay down and rest for an hour or so.....it seems you had a rough day.....

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Posted By scouts1998

Spider-man 3 is way better than both the Amazing Spider-man movies

My order is

Spider-man 2

Spider-man

Spider-man 3

Amazing Spider-man 2

Amazing Spider-man

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Posted By Ascended
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@ascended said:

@fallschirmjager: If I was defending Andrew instead, you probably wouldn't hate me as much. lol

I don't hate you, but you going on a rant against another use for stating his opinion was unnecessary - especially since you have done nothing but the past few weeks on the same subject. By now its just completely tiring. Move on all ready.

Hence, I told him to ignore you.

I don't really care what your opinion is, it isn't going to change mine either way.

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Edited By Ascended

@fallschirmjager: If I was defending Andrew instead, you probably wouldn't hate me as much. lol

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@thewalkingdeadpool18 said:

@punyparker:

I hate ignorant people like you. You're opinion represents the hope of humanity? Get over yourself you self entitled tool.

Anyway basically all Spider-Man movie suck. But TASM 2 was pure garbage why it is so high is laughable. Ramis don't hold up well but hey the shiniest of the turds.

Dude. The person was trying to share their opinion comedically. No reason to go on the attack like that over a little joke.

@muyjingo said:

@k4tzm4n:

Thank you kind sir for clarifying.

If I had more time I would post a funny pic of my own...alas...

Next time I have a question, I shall be using that scan for sure. And perhaps from then on voluntarily.

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@ascended said:

@fallschirmjager: Why are you involved in this conversation? You have less credibility than Jonny does to participate in the debate.

I wasn't in this conversation. If I was, I would have tagged you and addressed your rants. I didn't, I simply informed another user (who also didn't start a debate) to ignore you because you are on a 1 man mission to attempt to make everyone has the same opinion as you do, because you think its superior to anyone elses. (it isn't btw)

Rest assured I'm saddened by your opinion of my credibility. Not sure how I'll sleep at night.

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Posted By Ascended

@fallschirmjager: Why are you involved in this conversation? You have less credibility than Jonny does to participate in the debate.

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Posted By thewalkingdeadpool18

@punyparker:

I hate ignorant people like you. You're opinion represents the hope of humanity? Get over yourself you self entitled tool.

Anyway basically all Spider-Man movie suck. But TASM 2 was pure garbage why it is so high is laughable. Ramis don't hold up well but hey the shiniest of the turds.

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@k4tzm4n:

Thank you kind sir for clarifying.

If I had more time I would post a funny pic of my own...alas...

Next time I have a question, I shall be using that scan for sure. And perhaps from then on voluntarily.

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@muyjingo said:

@k4tzm4n: Doh. My apologies, just a misunderstanding/miscommunication.

I guess I didn't understand why you thought it was odd to see him be hit in the face a bunch of times if Spidey was holding back. If he wasn't holding back I could see why that would be odd.

Just to clarify, it's odd because in the comics he would have been so much harder to hit and/or would have been affected more by the punches?

I'm busy at work and this doesn't have my full attention, so apologies if I've missed your previous explanation.

Even while holding back, Spider-Man is attempting to defeat Otto -- likely by knockout. So he's holding back, but still, even while holding back, these should be punches that are felt and make him tumble around, at the very least. Like I've said, I can simply shut off the brain and enjoy the spectacle, but it's a little jarring to see the old guy get slugged in the face so frequently and be perfectly fine.

Yes, in the comics, Spider-Man can turn off Otto's lights with one punch if he wants to.

Also, for only granting me part of your attention, you must use this scan the next time you have a question.

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@k4tzm4n: Doh. My apologies, just a misunderstanding/miscommunication.

I guess I didn't understand why you thought it was odd to see him be hit in the face a bunch of times if Spidey was holding back. If he wasn't holding back I could see why that would be odd.

Just to clarify, it's odd because in the comics he would have been so much harder to hit and/or would have been affected more by the punches?

I'm busy at work and this doesn't have my full attention, so apologies if I've missed your previous explanation.

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@muyjingo said:

@k4tzm4n: I'm just not sure I understand what you're saying.

The fact that Doc Ock's condition deteriorated from being hit by Spiderman is something that was left out of the movie, which I think is fine given that they have to adjust stories for the medium.

If that is excluded, I don't think it matters how strong Spiderman is. Just like if Superman brawls with people far weaker than him....they don't have to use all their strength.

Peter is a good kid and wasn't trying to kill Doc Ock. I would think he would be hitting him enough to try and knock him out, certainly not using his full strength (which is strong enough to stop a moving NYC subway car).

In that sense, seeing Doc Ock being hit several times in the face seems entirely reasonable., to me at least. I may still be missing something though.

You asked about their encounters in the comics, I explained. What's not to get, silly billy?

No one is saying Spider-Man is using his full strength against Ock. No one who knows even the basics of the character would ever suggest that. What I did say is that it's odd that, in the movie, Ock is punched in the face multiple times and doesn't seem fazed by it. Obviously Peter's holding back, but even then, it's funny how many times Otto gets a punch to the nose and keeps going on just fine. On top of this, I even explained why I'm able to overlook it, so I'm not sure why there's any confusion here.

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Edited By MuyJingo

@k4tzm4n: I'm just not sure I understand what you're saying.

The fact that Doc Ock's condition deteriorated from being hit by Spiderman is something that was left out of the movie, which I think is fine given that they have to adjust stories for the medium.

If that is excluded, I don't think it matters how strong Spiderman is. Just like if Superman brawls with people far weaker than him....they don't have to use all their strength.

Peter is a good kid and wasn't trying to kill Doc Ock. I would think he would be hitting him enough to try and knock him out, certainly not using his full strength (which is strong enough to stop a moving NYC subway car).

In that sense, seeing Doc Ock being hit several times in the face seems entirely reasonable., to me at least. I may still be missing something though.

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

I still don't get why people like Spider-Man 2

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Posted By Fallschirmjager

@jonny_anonymous: Just ignore him. He's been ranting about the original trilogy for on and on for the past month, pretending like he's in the minority loving the old movies, recycling the same complaints you hear about the new ones all the time that have zero merit.