Spider-Man: Every Movie Villain Ranked Worst To Best

The best and worst of Spider-Man's cinematic rogues' gallery.

Spider-Man No Way Home Green Goblin
Marvel Studios

Even considering how many great characters Marvel Comics have created over the years, there are very few that can claim to be as popular and well-crafted as Spider-Man, the young and eager superhero who also happens to be a young photographer and student called Peter Parker.

Debuting in 1962, Spider-Man has endured numerous creative changes to become a hero as beloved and recognisable as DC's Batman and fellow Marvel staples Captain America, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four.

Since he's such hot product, Spidey has made his way to the big screen on numerous occasions, first being portrayed by Tobey Maguire in a trilogy of films from visionary director Sam Raimi, then in two ill-fated rebooted movies starring Andrew Garfield, and most recently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he's brought to life by Tom Holland.

These films have varied wildly in quality, and so too have the villains forced to face-off with Marvel's resident Wall-crawler. As this list will show, a lot of what makes a Spider-Man movie great - or, as the case may be, terrible - lies with how effectively its villains are brought to life.

With that in mind, then, here are all of Spider-Man's major movie villains ranked worst to best.

20. Rhino (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

Spider-Man No Way Home Green Goblin
Sony Pictures

One of the many flaws 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suffers from is its overload of rushed-out and derivative villains, the worst of which by an absolute mile is surely Paul Giamatti's laughably bad Rhino.

Turning up in full costume only briefly in the film's sequel-baiting final moments, Rhino is given no development and little characteristics outside of Paul Giamatti's over-the-top and borderline offensive attempt at a Russian accent.

Add to these misgivings the awful suit of armour and the complete lack of stakes his involvement creates, and it's a genuine wonder anyone thought bringing in Rhino like this was a good idea. The only positive is that he's thankfully low on screen time - though not nearly low enough, all things considered.


I get to write about what I love, so that's pretty cool. Be excellent to each other. Find my work here: https://aidanwhatman.substack.com/archive