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Sequels are almost never as good as the original...
But this one is better.
Spider Man 1. It's better.
I have to go with the first. They both have huge flaws (I'm not someone who thinks Spider-Man 2 is the end-all super hero movie), but Spider-Man is the better movie. Barely.
until Dark Knight, Spiderman 2 set the bar for comic book movie sequels
Spidey 1 is good. But Spidey 2 really upped the ante. Both had great villains, but I liked Al Molina's Doc Ock a bit better. Also, it's a superficial thing, but I thought the VFX were several degrees of magnitude better in the second. Those are pretty much my only two reasons for picking 2 over 1. It's too bad they dropped the ball with Spidey 3....
Spider-Man 2 all the way.
The second one is so much better.
1 is better. Green Lanturn is a great villian, he's bat shit crazy, he kills people, and he flys. Dr. Octopuss was the most uninteresting villian I've ever seen.
Both movies are great. Soider-man 2 builds on the first movie and is not hampered by having to tell the origin story. . .
One of the few times where the sequel is better than the original!
Spider-Man has Willem Dafoe and is a more fun loving take on Spider-Man. Spider-Man 2 might very well have some better action at points, but it has nothing that beats the simple fun of scenes like the one where Spider-Man learns how to use his powers.
Oh I HAVE to go with the sequel. Alfred Molina is one of the most underrated actors ever. And it is so true to the spirit of the comics while being a great. great movie. I love them both, but the sequel it is. Not by much, but it is.
THe sequel is better. It has a deeper emotional core and better action sequences with a better villain.
Spider-Man 2... better story and villain.
Spider-Man was a great origin film that SM2 built off perfectly. A brilliant example of continuing and building upon greatness. Roger Ebert was right back in 2004. He said Spider-Man 2 should've been nominated for best picture at the Oscars. Not only should it have been nominated, but it probably should've won.
Oh, I do have one bias AGAINST the first Spider-Man: that frikkin' Green Goblin suit. I dunno, there was something funky there. (Not that I think Dafoe actually dressing up like the Goblin in the comics would really have worked, either....)
While Spider-Man does have a bit of corniness too it, it's still the better film. Spider-Man 2 just didn't work for me, and I really don't know why.
Spiderman 2 is the rare sequel to excel and improve on the original.
There's definitely some things they need to fix with movie Spidey. Like, where's his sense of humor? But I LOVED Spider-Man 2. So I'm going with the sequel.
Both films are better than the third one, but it's difficult to choose one over the other. Spider-Man 2 has some pretty cool moments, while Spider-Man 1 profits from being the first and thus most original part of the series. I'll choose the first one, though it's really close...
I gotta go with the first Spiderman because even though I love Doc. Oct. the first movie did a great job of introducing the Spiderman series. Also Willem Dafoe did a great job as the Green Goblin.
Spider-Man 2 with Alfred Molina was the superior view.
Spider-Man 2 had a great blend of humor, drama and action. The first film is still great but it's come off as a bit cheesy and corny on rewatching it. Spider-Man 2 was a funny film at times but the humor wasn't as cringe-inducing as the first one.
I'll take the original over the sequel. Something about Doc Ock walking around on those metal arms made me cringe.
Without question, Spider-Man 2. The actors stepped up their game, the story was tighter, the effects were more vivid, and the direction was stronger.
the second was the best
Spider-Man 2 had the better villain.
That first rush of seeing Spider-Man on screen will always be amazing, and the first one has some great moments and one really good jump scare. The second goes slightly ahead with its fantasy-land version of New York and Alfred Molina.
two better than first
The first time I saw Spiderman I hated it, mainly for Kirsten Dunst as MJ. I watched the second one only because another person wanted to see it and it turned my opinion around. I still don't like Kirsten Dunst, but the rest of the cast makes up for it. I like Toby Maguire better in the first one, but overall I think my vote goes to number 2.
Obviously the Green Goblin is a great villain and easily argued the most important in Spiderman's life but as for movies the second really improved on the problems of the first one. Also we had already gotten past the origin story it was all about Spider-man and his fights
Spider-Man 1 was pretty good, and that's saying something, because I'm really not a superhero person, but Spider-Man 2 definitely topped the first.
How is it possible no one has commented on this yet? I know most people think Spider-Man 2 is the better film, but I still love the first one the best.
This is one of the best examplesI can think of where a sequel is such a better film than the original. Thats a real complement as well as the first was fantastic. This and Dark Knight are the two best super hero movies ever made, both sequels.
Just based off of villains, Doc Ock annihilates Green Goblin. Am I seriously the only person that can't take Willem Dafoe seriously after seeing him in both Speed 2 with his leeches and Antichrist with his bursting balls? They should have renamed him in Spider-Man to The Green Leech or Leech Goblin or something. In terms of just the movie itself, Spider-Man 2 wins in my book. Kirsten Dunst is annoying as hell in both of 'em, Tobey McGuire likes to scream, James Franco is decent, but the real star winner is Bruce Campbell. That dude can turn complete shit to gold. Although his cameo in the first Spidey is probably the best, he still shines in the other two Spidey films. A comment I once saw on YouTube was "In 2004, Spider-Man made a cameo in Bruce Campbell." Truer words have never been spoken.
Don't care for either and I think the reboot is much better, but 1 is better than 2.
On a side note, in accordance to the reboot being better, Andrew Garfield was a much more convincing Parker and Spidey than Maguire could ever dream of. Ironically, Garfield feels more like a pushover than Maguire too.
Both of these have diminished in my mind after several repeat viewings, but the sequel still easily trumps the original.
Number 1 is the better in my opinion
Spider-Man 2, easily. It did what any good sequel should do; use the first film as a springboard for new ideas, and ideally improve on the predecessor's weak spots where possible. Spider-Man 2 certainly managed that. Saying that, I'm not a huge fan of the Raimi trilogy, and like Reelz, I preferred Garfield's Parker/Spidey and Emma Stone as the love interest in TASM, even if the film was pretty "by-the-numbers".
The few sequels that are better than the first im a huge Doc Ock fan.
Spider-Man 2 is the best Spider-Man movie. They really screwed up with the third one and the reboot.
Spider-man is really good but I have to go with number 2!
Spiderman 2 improved on the original in almost every way so this is an easy decision.
I hold Spider-Man 2 as the superhero movie standard. It just did everything so perfectly. Spidey 1 is also great, but Spidey 2 is even better and holds up more.
Spider-man gets destroyed so bad it ain't even funny
Oh and Maddhatter when did Green Lantern appear in spider-man 1? I haven't watched the movie in a while I may have missed something.
These first two movie are pure cinema gold, Jerry. GOLD.
I liked the first one a little better. I started getting tired of some of the chilidish characters due to poor dialogue.
Most definitely Spider-Man 2
Easily two of the five best Marvel movies ever!
But Spider-Man 2 is the best thing Marvel has ever put out
Spiderman 2 = Best Superhero Movie Ever
Spider-Man 2 improved the elements that were great from the first and made the cringy romance crap very interesting!
Can't pass up Green Goblin's delicious ham in the original...
Spider-Man 2 outshines Spider-Man.
God Bless Sam Raimi for ushering in the golden era of comic book movies with these two gems.
"God Bless Sam Raimi for ushering in the golden era of comic book movies with these two gems." Very well stated.
Just saw Spider-Man 2 which was that far better than the most none pleasant original film so 2 wins by far.