When the first Spider-Man movie hit the scenes in 2002, fans were cautiously optimistic. Previous attempts at Marvel movies had been downright terrible (remember the Captain America films of the '90s?), but the positive reception of the recently-released X-Men film coupled with the direction of Evil Dead and Hercules/Xena producer Sam Raimi gave us all hope.
Thankfully, Raimi's film delivered- Spider-Man was a smash hit, paving the way for two multi-million dollar sequels, one of which is considered by many to be the greatest superhero film ever made.
Then, of course, Spider-Man 3 happened. It was a disaster on all fronts, leading to the franchise to be rebooted with The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012. This series only lasted two years, culminating in the disastrous The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The series was once again rebooted just last year, with a sequel set to come out in 2019.
The pure ridiculousness of these movies' history, as well as their sometimes incoherent plots, has given fans a lot to work with in the humor department. This has led to a slew of internet memes skewering the franchise.
Here are 15 Spider-Man Memes That Prove the Movies Make No Sense.
15 Simmons vs Keaton
Say what you will about the original Spider-Man films, but fans and moviegoers alike were completely in love with JK Simmons' portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson. The actor perfectly captured the character's grumpy, don't-give-a-dang attitude as well as exhibited hilarious comedic timing with his dry sense of humor. Back in the late '80s and early '90s, Michael Keaton gave us one of the best versions of the Dark Knight to ever grace the big screen.
It's crazy to think that future generations will know these two in flip-flopped roles. JK Simmons now plays Commissioner Gordon in Justice League, while Michael Keaton is now in the MCU as the Vulture.
This meme pokes fun at the idea that the two famous actors swapped franchises. Was it for the better? Only time will tell.
14 This is a Spider-Man movie, right?
Spider-Man: Homecoming was one of the most anticipated films of 2017. For the first time in history, Peter Parker was going to have his own movie that took place within the MCU. For years, casual audiences were confused about how the different franchises operated; they asked why Spider-Man and Wolverine and the Fantastic Four weren't showing up in the Avengers movies along side Cap and the Hulk.
Homecoming's tried to hammer home the fact that Spidey was now a MCU character by giving Tony Stark and Happy Hogan significant roles in the movie. The marketing department for the film constantly tried to beat audiences over the head with this fact, making sure that Tony was featured prominently on posters and in trailers.
This meme pokes fun at the over-saturation of Iron Man during the days leading up to Homecoming.
13 Why Sony? Why?
Leave it to Sony to mess up a good thing. The company has had struggles in recent years, particularly with Spider-Man and his supporting cast of characters. Venom was forced into Spider-Man 3, Amazing Spider-Man 2 was forced to include a bunch of set-ups for future films, and they had even floated the idea of making a spin-off based on Aunt May!
The most recent flub is the Venom movie.
Though Eddie Brock and his villainous counterpart are Spider-Man baddies, the character's first solo film isn't going to feature the Wall-Crawler at all. On top of this, there is a point of contention as to whether or not the film is in the MCU; Sony claims that it is, while Marvel Studios keeps saying that it isn't.
Either way, this meme pokes fun at the situation by having Spidey point out that Venom isn't a "real" Marvel movie.
12 JJJ Is a Little Obsessed
If there is one thing that fans miss from the original Spider-Man trilogy, it's the character of J. Jonah Jameson. Sadly, Marvel hasn't figured out how to bring Peter's boss back into the fray. Perhaps the studio fears that whoever they get won't live up to the bar set by Simmons, or maybe a newspaper seems obsolete these days. Either way, JJJ is sorely missing from today's Spidey films.
One big part of Jameson's characterization is his undying hatred for Spider-Man. He always is screaming at his employees to find any stories or pictures that could incriminate 'Ol Webhead, to the point that The Daily Bugle loses most of its integrity of a newspaper.
This hilarious meme puts the situation into the famous "Jealous Girlfriend Meme," with JJ as the man with wandering eyes and pictures of Spider-Man as the pretty girl.
11 Spider-Man's Greatest Enemy: The Android
Just how strong is Spider-Man? The hero has been shown to be one of Marvel's heavy hitters, taking on Thor or the Hulk without much of an effort. Other times, he has been shown to be on the lower side of power, where he can be taken down by non-superpowered beings like the Vulture or Shocker. Spidey's powers are just as inconsistent in the movies.
For example, in the first Spider-Man film, Peter is able to take one of the Green Goblin's bombs right to the face after it was shown to melt flesh off of bones earlier in the story.
This meme skewers the power inconsistency and ties it into Samsung's huge "exploding phone" PR nightmare of a couple years ago, where their batteries were getting super-hot and blowing up on their owners.
10 Weasel's Got Jokes
In Deadpool, TJ Miller played the Merc with the Mouth's equally smart-mouthed sidekick, Weasel. One of the movie's best jokes comes when the character first sees Wade Wilson post-transformation and makes a snide remark about his appearance. Miller famously improvised the scene, giving the director dozens of hilarious takes to work with.
Fans of Spider-Man had a similar reaction when they saw Dane Dehaan's Green Goblin for the first time. Instead of a goblin (like the comics) or a Power Rangers villain (like the Dafoe version), Harry Osborn looked like a demented troll doll who had stepped out of a Tim Burton fantasy.
The maker of this meme felt the same way, claiming that DeHaan's goblin looked like a "Walmart crackhead" wearing the suit from Half-Life. DeHann might have done well as Osborn, but his Goblin left something to be desired.
9 Spidey Meets the Justice League
This meme takes on all sorts of meanings considering what happened with Justice League. Some time during the post-production phase, director Zach Snyder stepped down and was replaced by Joss Whedon. DC felt that Whedon, the director of both The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, could bring new life to the DCEU after the critical failures of its last few movies.
Instead, many fans felt like Whedon's reshoots made Justice League feel like a cheap rip-off of The Avengers, complete with quippy one-liners and humor that felt more in line with a Marvel film than what had been set up in the universe before it.
This meme turns Spidey's famous "You guys aren't the real Avengers!" line from Spider-Man: Homecoming into a dig at the publisher's failed team-up film.
8 No Spoilers, Ceasar!
James Franco portrayed Peter's best friend and future enemy Harry Osborn throughout the original Raimi trilogy. Franco brought his trademark charm to the role, making the relationship between Harry and his dad as well as Harry and Peter feel realistic and believable. This made it all the more shocking when he found out that Spider-Man, the man who murdered his father, was his best friend all along.
This meme crosses over Franco's two most famous franchises, Spider-Man and Planet of the Apes. In the actual film, this moment is a huge one; it's the first time the character heard Ceasar speak in English, and his reaction is appropriate. Instead of hearing his ape talk, it makes it seem like Ceasar is revealing Spidey's identity to Harry Osborn!
7 Toomes is a Smart Cookie
The twist in Spider-Man: Homecoming was one of the best in the entire MCU. Without much warning or blatant foreshadowing, it is revealed that Peter Parker's date for the homecoming dance is actually the Vulture's daughter.
Peter uneasily interacts with Adrian Toomes while he drives the couple to the dance until Liz unintentionally reveals that Spider-Man was is constantly in the same place as Peter and that Parker is currently doing an internship with Tony Stark.
Of course, Toomes is able to put the pieces together and realizes that Peter is Spider-Man, leading to a tense conversation between the two. This meme takes the scene and sets it to the "Math Lady" meme, showing the complex calculations he has to make in his head to figure out that Pete and the Wall Crawler are one in the same.
6 How do you make the best even better?
To this day, Spider-Man 2 is considered by many to be the greatest superhero film ever made. Like any subjective art form, this statement is up for debate. But, the second Spider-Man film is often mentioned in the same breath as The Dark Knight as one of the genre's best. The film itself was great, but somehow, Sam Raimi found a way to make it even better in home release.
Released in 2007, Spider-Man 2.1 included eight additional minutes of footage edited into the movie, a huge list of new deleted scenes and special features, and a sneak peak at the upcoming Spider-Man 3. Eight minutes might not sound like a lot, but it made the film feel smoother and more fleshed out.
This meme shows Doc Ock showing us just how much better 2.1 is.
There's meta, and then there's this meme. Spider-Man getting introduced to the MCU in Captain America: Civil War was huge for Marvel fans everywhere. The Spidey that appeared in the film also gave people hope for the character's future; a large group of people were already declaring Tom Holland the best Spider-Man despite getting less than 20 minutes of screen time.
This meme combines the opening of The Dark Knight with Civil War. In TDK, a group of copycats ask Batman, "What gives you the right [to fight crime]? What's the difference between you and us?" to which the Caped Crusader responds "I'm not wearing hockey pads!"
This meme changes the copycats to Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield and Batman to Tom Holland, culminating in the two former Spider-Men fighting Holland ala Civil War.
4 Spidey at the Other Studios
Thank goodness Spider-Man is (for the time being) at Marvel Studios. The MCU seems to have a handle on its characters, and are not afraid to make their movies colorful and humorous. Until the deal with Sony is over, Spidey seems to be in good hands. In fact, his Civil War and Homecoming costumes alone are more accurate than anything put on screen before it.
This hilarious meme asks "What if Spider-Man was made by different studios?"
The DC version (much like the original ASM suit) would be realistic and devoid of color. The 20th Century Fox version (like the X-Men) would be practical and different than the comics, yet still stylish and cool-looking. Meanwhile, the CW version would be as comic-accurate as possible, but be so cheap on a TV budget that it would look absolutely terrible!
3 They Just Keep Getting Younger
Though the comics never really give us a definite age for Aunt May and Uncle Ben, they are normally portrayed with grey hair and lots of wrinkles. This general aesthetic was followed by Raimi's original Spider-Man films with the casting of Cliff Robertson and Rosemary Harris (both in their 50s) as Peter's aunt and uncle. However, The Amazing Spider-Man had the characters in their 60s, and now Homecoming has Aunt May in her 50s and portrays her as a potential romantic interest for Tony Stark.
Peter himself has gotten younger, as well. Tobey Maguire was in his 30s. Andrew Garfield was in his late 20s. Now, Tom Holland is barely over 20. T
his meme points out the oddity of the characters being de-aged with each new reboot, claiming that the next time Spider-Man is rebooted Peter will be a toddler and May will be in her teens!
2 Technically a Cap Meme...
Captain America: Civil War has been branded by many fans as Avengers 2.5. Despite being the third film for the Star-Spangled Avenger, it featured just about every single character that existed in the MCU at the time and seemed to have ramifications for the entire universe. It also introduced us to two long-awaited characters, Spider-Man and Black Panther.
With all the hubbub about Peter Parker and T'Challa getting brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, people often forgot that this was a Captain America movie first and foremost. The chatter about the newer heroes completely overshadowed the awesome story portrayed in the movie, leading to this funny meme showing Cap looking distraught about playing second fiddle in his own film.
1 Poor Tobey
We still aren't sure why Spider-Man 4 never happened. Rumors swirled for a long time about a sequel to Raimi's Spider-Man 3. It was said that the director was trying to get John Malkovich to play the Vulture and Anne Hathaway to play Black Cat. However, Raimi had a reported falling out with Sony, and the film was never made. Instead, we got a reboot of the franchise in the form of The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012.
Now, we aren't hating on Andrew Garfield here. But the ASM movies were not as well-received as the Raimi films. This meme vents the frustrations of fans perfectly, showing Peter telling Mary Jane that he will always be Spider-Man before cutting to the new actor, and then back to a heartbroken Tobey Maguire finding out that he has been replaced as Peter Parker.
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