Spider-Man is arguably more popular than ever. The legendary Marvel Comics hero has been web-slinging his way onto the big screen for years, but it's only in the last half decade that he finally joined the revered Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The arrival of Tom Holland's wall-crawler in the MCU may have kicked off a new and exciting chapter for Spider-Man, but it also brought about the end to another as it meant Sony's Amazing Spider-Man film series could no longer go on.
Kicking off in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man, Marc Webb's franchise starred Andrew Garfield in the lead role before spawning a sequel just two years later. Though more follow-ups, spin-offs and a shared universe were planned, the poor performance and negative fan response to the second installment - and, in some cases, to the franchise - put those plans on ice.
In a way, it's easy to see why The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is considered the most lacklustre of the three because it spent so much time meandering without ever figuring out what it truly wanted to say. And yet, there is a lot to love about the short-lived saga that too many of us refuse to acknowledge. With that in mind, let's take a look at what they got right.
10. The First Film Is Excellent
The vast majority of problems in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise lies with the second film. Though it's by no means a bad offering, it is overpopulated with villains, gets caught up in the theatrics of it all (at the expense of the arc) and features multiple divisive ending scenes that are more concerned with franchising it than finishing its own story. But that doesn't mean we should ignore the grandeur of the first film.
The Amazing Spider-Man was always going to be fighting an uphill battle simply because it had the unenviable job of rehashing Peter Parker's origin story so soon after Sam Raimi did it in the previous franchise. And while it's largely accepted that the 2002 film did it better, that doesn't mean we should overlook the reboot.
Not only does it retell Peter's origins well, it provides fans with a new Spider-Man that doesn't venture too far from the source material. The Lizard may have been too reliant on CGI for some, but from a story standpoint, he served as a great antagonist for Spidey's first adventure and ended up giving the film a rather larger-than-life presentation.
We'll go into more detail about how great the first film is (as well as exploring how underrated the second is) shortly, but the truth is that it deserves far more credit for successfully rebooting the franchise with an unforgettable adventure - one with a lot of potential.