9 Movie Sequels That Ruined Great Characters

9. Peter Parker/Spider-Man – Spider-Man 3


In the first two instalments of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, Tobey Maguire was pretty much perfect as the first big-screen incarnation of the web-slinging wonder boy. Charming in a boyish sort of way, slightly awkward but totally likeable and relatable, he perfectly encapsulated a young man coming to terms with his newfound superhero status.

But in Spider-Man 3, we see Peter Parker transformed from a wholesome and affable superhero into a cringeworthy and cartoonish caricature of evil by way of a space-borne symbiote.

It could’ve been a great opportunity to see Parker go down a darker route but the closest he got to ‘dark’ was taking fashion and hairstyle cues from emo culture and being a d**k to Mary Jane by performing an utterly embarrassing dance routine characterised by hip-thrusts and Parker imploring us to “dig on this”. We did not dig on it.

Funnily enough, Spider-Man 3 marked the end of Raimi’s series despite the fact another sequel was in the works. It was probably for the best really.


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