Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2 ★★★★½

It’s unbelievable how well this film still holds up. It’s bursting at the seems with sincerity, personality, and a whole lot of heart. It’s fucking TANGIBLE, relatable, and unabashedly human (minor flaws and all). This really is the gold standard for Marvel films.

Also, the final shot is one of the BEST final shots like…EVER. Like the fucking BALLS on Raimi (and Sony) to have it just go in on MJ who’s taking in the decision she just made, the music almost having this ominous, “storm is coming” conclusion like holy shit CHILLS EVER TIME. Despite everything that happened throughout the course of the film, Raimi KNEW at its core what this film was about and never let us forget that.