Since 2001, before his cinematic debut in 2002, Spider-Man posters have been a popular part of the movie theater landscape. Besides signaling the arrival of a new adventure featuring our favorite wall-crawler, they just look cool! The colors always pop out and are eye-catching. Plus, a lot of the posters over the years have been riffs on iconic Spider-Man images that have been all over the comics. A few years ago, Homecoming played with Spidey and repurposed the wall-crawler into some famous eighties movie tributes.
With Spider-Man: Far From Home about ready to land in theaters, the film is sure to conjure up some indelible images, some from the film and some from its marketing. Marvel movie maniacs definitely have some favorite posters for their favorite heroes. Are any of yours here? Here’s every Spider-Man movie poster, ranked.
9 The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Several years after a pretty abyssal Spider-Man 3, Sony decided they’d get it again and try to reboot the franchise. Andrew Garfield looked good in the suit, the fetching Emma Stone has been cast as Gwen Stacy. He’d be fighting the unique villain, Lizard. As always with a lot of comic book movies, hopes were high and there wasn’t a lot of trepidation going in.
For the film’s poster, there was a minimalist approach to Spidey. Gone, was all of the vibrant colors and iconic poses. Instead was just Spidey standing with a claw mark ripped through his chest. A forgettable poster for a forgettable reboot.
8 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
If movies were graded based solely on their posters, then the hotly anticipated Far From Home would already be considered a box office failure. This is the most generic movie poster Marvel has ever put out. Have the people at The House Of Ideas ran out of ideas? Hopefully, the poorly Photoshopped images of Fury, Peter, and Mysterio all standing vigilant together is masking some big reveals in the movie (no one saw and posters with fatty Thor on them). But the image of Spidey with all sorts of travel stickers on his mask was a far more indelible shot than this. The movie looks like a bargain bin $2 movie at Blockbuster.
7 Venom (2018)
The spin-off film Venom had a lot going for it—most importantly the lead, Tom Hardy doing his best Bane on even more steroids voice for Venom—in his own words it was a James Brown lounge lizard voice that the studio altered. The poster for the film was a fairly generic everyone’s coming at you for our first big adventure. It was nice to see Venom get a proper big screen movie. But this poster didn’t do a whole lot to sell it.
6 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
At least the second time around, someone at Sony explained to marketing that Spider-Man posters should be a lot more colorful than a Batman poster. That, and Spidey’s most heroic poses don’t involve him standing with a claw mark across his chest! Despite the movie being a little bonkers, the poster is a pretty iconic shot — everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man hanging high above the neighborhood from the top of the OsCorp building.
5 Spider-Man (2002)
If you can find it online, the original theatrical poster for Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man adventure was um...spectacular. Spidey staring out at the Twin Towers, ready to swing. For obvious reasons, this isn’t that. Instead, the much anticipated first ever Spider-Man movie was just Spidey climbing a building.
That might be an iconic shot for the direct-to-video tenth Spider-Man movie, but the first?! How about Spidey swinging, or fighting the Green Goblin, or recreate some instantly recognizable Spidey-MJ scene. The marketing might have been hamstrung by having to ditch the original idea, but they could have bounced back with something far more memorable than this.
4 Spider-Man 2 (2004)
The only poster on this list to feature Spider-Man and his beloved Mary Jane Watson. Mary Jane was such an integral part of the entire original trilogy, but in Spider-Man 2 she is really front and center. She’s trying to succeed as an actress and wrestling with her own feelings for both Peter and Harry. Meanwhile, Spidey is doing his best to learn from new mentor Otto Octavius. As far as posters go, this one is definitely hinting at an iconic Spider-Man and MJ swinging session, but much like the characters in the film, they’re not quite ready to take the leap, a good metaphor for a great Spidey movie.
3 Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man 3 should be forgotten from humankind forever. The disservice it did two three iconic villains, plus the entire cast and crew, all because Sony supposedly mandated Venom needs to be in the movie and Raimi losing interest over it. It did produce some cool posters though. Like this one. At this point Spider-Man’s given into his lesser urges and embraced all of the pluses that the Black Suit gives him, ignoring all of the negatives. The Black Costume looking at Spidey’s reflection, signaling the duality between the two sides of Peter Parker was ok. But not as cool as the teaser — Spidey, clad in black perched across a building actually said all the film had to say, “come see the black costume.”
2 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
The giant splash of images of Spider-Man: Homecoming was just the right amount of pomp and circumstance to celebrate the Marvel mascot’s first full-length feature into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Especially when you factor in the original teaser poster of Peter in costume, and a jacket, listening to headphones. With a huge shot of Spidey and most of the rest of the cast all over the rest of it, the message is clear. It’s Spider-Man’s show, but he’s still as Nick Fury would put it, “ part of a larger world.”
1 Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
If you haven’t seen the best Spider-Man adventure ever, then go do so right now. Now that you have you can truly appreciate why this poster is so awesome!
It’s an action shot of the movie’s main Spidey, Miles Morales, making his feature film debut. The shot, of course, is evocative of the very moment Miles accepts that not only does he have these powers, but he has the ability. The very moment that he realizes “with great power, comes great responsibility.”