#8. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
The ending of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy was a… muddled one to say the least. There was the introduction of a plethora of many different villains with weird motives. There was Harry Osbourne’s Goblin, who got amnesia early on into the movie, Sandman, who returned and was found out to be the real killer of Uncle Ben (an accidental killer which really made Spider-Man’s origins feel downplayed), and finally the infamous and interesting version of Eddie Brock/Venom; a character who only became Venom after going to a Chapel and praying to God to kill Peter Parker after Peter realized Brock was trying to plagiarize one of his photos.
This film has some bright spots, but ultimately it was just lackluster in its approach. One of my least favorite decisions of the whole thing was the misuse of James Franco’s Harry Osbourne. Throughout the first two films, the natural progression was to have Harry be the main antagonist of the third movie, but for some reason, they felt the need to bring in an influx of characters and to give Harry Osbourne a redemption story that wasn’t needed. The battle of brother vs brother and friend vs friend would have felt like the best way to end off this trilogy and then you can find a way to propel yourself into more. Let’s also not forget the uhm… dance scene, and the inclusion of Gwen Stacey, that didn’t feel like the worst decision of the movie, but how they utilized her character didn’t bring anything to the movie in my opinion.
Again, I don’t think Spider-Man 3 is one of the worst movies of all-time, but when it comes to Spider-Man movies, it is the worst of the bunch.