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Marvel superstar Spider-Man turns 60 years old this week so, in honor of that, we thought it would be worth ranking all of the wallcrawler’s cinematic adventures from best to worst.

Spider-Man: No Way Home was the biggest movie of 2021 in terms of box office and will return to theaters as an extended version on Sept. 2, but how does its original cut fare as a standalone flick? We rank all the Spider-Man movies, from the OG Tobey Maguire flicks celebrating their 20th anniversary, to Into The Spider-Verse and beyond.

No prizes for guessing what comes last on our list, but scroll down to see where we’ve placed No Way Home in our ranking. Then decide whether to agree with us when you get a chance to see it for yourself.

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A weird parody of the earlier, far better Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, Spider-Man 3 was heavily criticized on its release, and rightfully so.

But the years have been kind to it, partly thanks to the reservoir of memes that evolved in its wake. No movie — save maybe Lord of the Rings or the Star Wars prequel trilogy — has been as responsible for as many GIFs and memes as Spider-Man 3. In that respect re-watching it is a new, unique experience. When it first appeared, it was bloated and strange. In 2021 it’s an incredible amount of fun. 

— Mark Serrels

Where to watch it: Spider-Man 3 is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video. It’s also available to stream on Starz, which costs $8.99 per month after a one week free trial.

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I watched Venom on a first date and promptly fell asleep halfway through. In the middle of a loud, crowded cinema. My apologies to fans of the toothy symbiote.

— Steph Panecasio

Where to watch it: Venom is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video, or to stream via FuboTV, which costs $64.99 per month.

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9. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

It’s rare for a sequel to outperform the original, but Venom: Let There Be Carnage does so in every possible way. It’s funnier by a mile, the action is much improved and the overall story is considerably more compelling. Plus this movie actually finishes the origin story framework started in the first film, with our main character finally deciding to be the “the lethal protector” anti-hero Venom. If you liked the first movie, you’re going to love this sequel. And if you weren’t totally sold on the original Venom, there’s every chance you’ll like this movie a lot more.

— Russell Holly

Where to watch it: Let There Be Carnage opened Oct. 1 in the US, and will hit UK theaters Oct. 15, while Australia has to wait until Nov. 25.

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8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

All the work The Amazing Spider-Man did to set up Peter as a rough-around-the-edges Spider-Man who still had some figuring out to do in terms of his moral compass, came crashing in on itself in this sequel.

Peter became the most chatty and confident Spidey iteration, torn between dragging Gwen into his drama, rekindling friendships from when he was a barely conscious pre-teen (no wonder Harry was confused when Peter turned up at his door step) and exploding a poor man with electricity. Let’s definitely not mention the increasingly awkward scenes with Aunt May.

As bloated and chaotic as Maguire’s Spider-Man 3. It’ll give you nightmares about the Green Goblin and not for the right reasons.

— Jennifer Bisset

Where to watch it: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is available to rent or buy from Amazon Prime Video.

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7. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

In a post-blip world, this Spider Man flick does a great job of returning to the core of what I love about the movies in general. The romance and awkwardness between Peter and MJ gives a really nostalgic feel to this one, even if the rest of the film is more flash than substance at times. 

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The effects are impressive, the twist is fine and Jake Gyllenhaal is a charismatic addition to the franchise — but what we care most about is Peter and his friends. Which is exactly what these films thrive on! Yes, he swings and has crazy spider skills, but he’s also a high school kid with a crazy crush on his best friend. Seeing him deal with that as well as an element-controlling villain hellbent on destroying the world and the grief from the death of his mentor? That’s what I’m here for.

— Steph Panecasio

Where to watch it: Spider-Man: Far From Home is available to rent or buy from Amazon Prime Video, and also available to stream via FuboTV, which costs $64.99 per month.

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6. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

I’m here to tell you this movie’s rap for being a fairly mediocre film is, well, only somewhat fair.

The fittingly named Marc Webb, who directed (500) Days of Summer, made the whole first third of this movie feel like a small independent film. Peter goggling at Gwen from across the classroom. ‘Til Kingdom Come, originally written by Coldplay to be performed with Johnny Cash, playing over the skateboard scene.

Then there are Peter’s Spider-Man movements actually mirroring skateboarding moves, as well as being more spider-like than his counterparts. Andrew Garfield’s stutter, jazz hands and general endearing weirdness. The surprisingly sexy bare chest scene.

Some parts of this movie rule. If only its comedy wasn’t so cringe and forced. If only there weren’t so many depressing deaths. Garfield is underrated and I’m glad he got another chance via the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse.

— Jennifer Bisset

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Where to watch it: The Amazing Spider-Man is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video, and also available to stream on Starz, which costs $8.99 per month.

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As someone who is deathly afraid of spiders, I held out on watching this for the longest time, but despite some moments where the arachnophobia got its fangs into me, it’s well worth the watch. From the overwhelmingly theatrical portrayal of Green Goblin through to some genuinely moving moments (Uncle Ben, I’m lookin’ at you), the whole thing was a ride from start to finish. 

Sure, watching it back now has me cringing at some of the memes, but it’s a genuinely great starting point with some impressive action and exactly the right amount of ridiculousness for a superhero movie. Sam Raimi balanced the silly with the serious — something more modern superhero flicks should take inspiration from. It’s not all solemn faces and punching! All in all, it’s worth it just for the performances from JK Simmons and Willem Dafoe alone. 

— Steph Panecasio

Where to watch it: Spider-Man is available to rent or buy from Amazon Prime Video, and also available to stream on Starz, which costs $8.99 per month.

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4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

It’s hard to get excited about another reboot. But when Spider-Man Homecoming came along, bringing Spider-Man into the MCU, it was clear this one would be worth it. In bypassing the character’s well-worn origin story, the franchise got a fresh feeling launch that better served Peter Parker’s development and ensured a more solid foundation for the follow up. 

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Peter, MJ, Ned and the rest of the crew made for believable high school students — quirky and still new to the world. And as much as angst is built into Spider-Man’s DNA along with those spidey-bits, Tom Holland delivered a lighter, almost irritatingly buoyant Peter Parker, like the energetic kid brother you can’t help but love.

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Where to watch it: Spider-Man: Homecoming is available to rent or buy from Amazon Prime Video, and also available to stream via FuboTV, which costs $64.99 per month.

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3. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

And here it is. After all the hype, the record-breaking trailer, the rumors of returning villains — Spider-Man: No Way Home doesn’t top this list, but let’s just say it’s super, super satisfying. Essentially a culmination of two decades of Spider-Man movies, it manages to service the fans, string together a remarkably clean plot (unless you’re not paying attention and know nothing about Spider-Man in general) and elevate Tom Holland’s Peter Parker into mature, interesting, complex territory worthy of seeing him take over as the next Tony Stark. Oh, and it has its own version of the Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man meme. A winner.

— Jennifer Bisset

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Pizza time. The second live-action Spidey adventure capitalizes on the momentum built up in the first movie and sends Peter Parker on an incredible journey that riffs on the classic Spider-Man No More comic storyline beautifully.

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It also boasts a killer villain in Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus. The surgery room scene is classic Sam Raimi and remains utterly chilling years later. His battle with Spidey on the train is a visual joy too — I strongly felt No Way Home was onto a winner bringing him back.

The tie-in video game was excellent too. It captured the joy of web-swinging around Manhattan to a degree that wasn’t equaled until the 2018 PS4 game.

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Where to watch it: Spider-Man 2 is available to rent of buy on Amazon Prime Video, and also available to stream on Starz, which costs $8.99 per month.

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1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Into the Spider-Verse is so good, we have two entries on the point.

Into the Spider-Verse isn’t just the best Spider-Man movie ever made, it’s the best superhero movie ever made, period. 

The rapid fire pace, the visual flourishes, the razor-tight script, the pitch perfect characterization. Into The Spider-Verse sidesteps tropes and creates a world so dense with details it rewards multiple, multiple viewings. It’s as unforgettable on its tenth viewing as it was on the first. A perfect movie.

— Mark Serrels

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Mark Serrels is absolutely right. That being said, Into the Spider-Verse is so much more than just the best superhero movie — it’s an animated feature that experiments with visual aesthetics, variable framerates and groundbreaking techniques to present us with something completely unlike any other piece of feature animation on the market. This Spider-Man is saving us from the mediocrity of another by-the-numbers animated film. 

It doesn’t hurt that it’s the only Spider-Man film brave enough to let Peter Parker grow up and move on, either. Miles Morales forever.

— Sean Buckley

Where to watch it: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is available to rent or buy from Amazon Prime Video.


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Cryptocurrency hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in a bid to protect its US assets from creditors in the country, as reported earlier by Bloomberg and CNBC. Representatives for the Singapore-based company made the filing in a Southern District New York court on Friday, which legally protects the US assets of insolvent foreign debtors from creditors in the US.

Founded in 2012 by Kyle Davis and Su Zhu, 3AC managed about $10 billion in assets as recently as March, later sinking to $3 billion in April. Like several other crypto firms, including the lending giants Celcius and Babel Finance, 3AC’s turn in fortunes is part of the so-called crypto “winter” that’s brought down stablecoins and sent Bitcoin’s value plunging.

Earlier this week, reports emerged that 3AC failed to pay a $670 million loan provided by crypto broker Voyager Digital, which has since halted all trades, deposits, and withdrawals as a result. Sky News later reported that a court in the British Virgin Islands has ordered 3AC’s liquidation and that the firm is reportedly working with business consulting company Teneo to oversee the process.

In May, Davies and Zhu admitted in an interview with the WSJ that the company lost out on a $200 million investment following the crash of Luna and its sister coin TerraUSD. At the time, the two remained optimistic about the prospects of crypto, telling the WSJ that they’ve “always been crypto believers” and “still are.”

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which became available to stream on Disney Plus last month after landing in theaters in May, sends the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s charmingly grumpy sorcerer on an adventure that spans multiple realities. The 28th MCU movie brings director Sam Raimi back to Marvel for the first time since 2007’s Spider-Man 3 and leans hard into his signature horror style, with one of the two post-credits scenes riffing on a moment from early in his career.

The movie takes place after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which saw Strange offering Peter Parker some magical help as the teen dealt with the entire world knowing his secret identity.

Let’s step into a portal and explore a universe full of SPOILERS. We also have a separate ending explainer, a deep dive into the Illuminati and a list of WTF questions the movie left us with.

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In a mid-credits scene, Strange is happily strolling through Manhattan’s streets, having seemingly accepted the corruption caused by his use of the Darkhold. He’s intercepted by a blonde sorcerer in a purple and pink costume (Charlize Theron). She opens a portal to the Dark Dimension, the hellish reality ruled by 2016 Doctor Strange big bad Dormammu.

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Charlize Theron makes her MCU debut as Clea.


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“You created an incursion and we’re gonna fix it… unless you’re afraid?” she says.

“Not in the least,” he responds, his Darkhold-induced third eye opening.

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Clea has been among Doctor Strange’s most reliable allies in the comics.


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What does it mean?

She isn’t named until the credits start rolling after this scene, but Theron’s character is Clea — a Dark Dimension magic wielder who’s been in the comics since the ’60s.

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She’s the daughter of Dormammu’s sister Umar and Dark Dimension Prince Orini, and became fascinated by Strange during one of his early adventures in that reality. Their paths have crossed many times in the years since, with Clea becoming Strange’s student and later his wife.

Following the events of 2021’s Death of Doctor Strange miniseries (you can imagine the premise), Clea replaced Strange as Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. Stephen will undoubtedly be resurrected and return to the role soon though, since status quo shifts like this seldom last long in the comics.

You might have been too busy reeling or screaming with joy when Reed Richards (John Krasinski) explained what incursions were earlier in the movie, but they’re catastrophic events that occur when a multiversal reality crashes into another. In the comics, this happened in 2015 event Secret Wars.

It’s unclear how Strange caused an incursion — he jumped through a whole bunch of realities in Multiverse of Madness — or what this means for the MCU, but it could see elements from a different cinematic universe crossing into this one.

Such a crossover already created a dangerous scenario (filled with delightful cameos) in No Way Home, so it’s possible we’ll see characters from Fox’s X-Men reality next. The presence of Professor X (Patrick Stewart) may have been foreshadowing this.

Or maybe that’s just more wishful thinking.

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Bruce Campbell’s cameo pays homage to his iconic Evil Dead character Ash Williams.


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Poppa Pizza returns

In an alternate reality’s Manhattan, rude street vendor Pizza Poppa (Bruce Campbell) earlier accused America Chavez of stealing his precious dough balls. Strange hit the poor guy with a spell to get him off their backs, and they left him to be attacked by his own hand.

The post-credits scene brings us back to Pizza Poppa just as his meat hook’s campaign of violence ends.

“It’s over!” he says joyously.

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What does it mean?

This scene is unlikely to have any MCU-scattering implications, since it’s more of an homage to Campbell and Raimi’s relationship. The pair have been friends since high school, and the actor played hero Ash Williams in Raimi’s 1981 breakout feature The Evil Dead. In that movie’s 1987 sequel, Ash’s hand is bitten by one of the undead, becomes possessed and tries to kill him.

Unlike Pizza Poppa, he tries to solve the problem by severing his hand and replacing it with a chainsaw (which is extremely metal). His former hand stalks him for the rest of the movie.

Campbell also shows up in Raimi’s non-MCU Spider-Man trilogy, seemingly playing three different characters. He was a wrestling announcer in the first movie, a snooty usher in the sequel and a French maître d’ in the third. If the scrapped Spider-Man 4 had come to fruition, the actor could have played Mysterio, Raimi confirmed to Rolling Stone.


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In a nutshell: Intel’s accelerated computing group has started shipping its second-gen Blockscale ASIC for SHA-256 cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The launch is months ahead of schedule, but still too late to capitalize on the most recent cryptocurrency craze.

Intel announced that it was developing Blockscale ASICs in January when Bitcoin was worth twice as much as it is now and hardware was desperately in demand. Its second-gen is arriving after the market has satiated its need, which is usually when Intel starts shipping its hardware (I’m looking at you, Arc GPUs).

Despite that, the Blockscale ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) is a great chip. It measures 7 mm by 7.5 mm and consumes just 4.8-22.7W but hashes Bitcoin at up to 580 GH/s (gigahash per second). It’s only capable of SHA-256 proof-of-work calculations, though.

Raja Koduri, executive VP and general manager of the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics (AXG) Group for Intel, tweeted the news at the end of last week…

Koduri seems to have forgotten about the first-gen Blockscale ASIC that was announced in February. Intel did say at the time that a second-gen model was in-development and then it announced it just two months later, so perhaps the first version doesn’t qualify as a fully-fledged product in Koduri’s eyes.

In any case, the second-gen model is much better than the first. It consumes just 26 J/TH (Jules per terahash) while its predecessor consumed 90 J/TH. It’s also more competitive with offerings from other companies. Intel’s system with 256 ASICs can hash at a rate of 148 TH/s with the consumption of 3,850 W, about on par with Bitmain’s S19 Pro at 110 TH/s and 3,250 W. Both systems cost between $5,000 and $6,000.

Koduri tagged GRIID Infrastructure, Hive Blockchain Technologies, and Argo Blockchain in his tweet, three companies that mine cryptocurrencies using renewable power sources. Intel markets the Blockscale ASIC as an environmentally-friendly product and it’s good to see it standing by those principles by partnering with like-minded companies.

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