With the release of this summer's Spider-Man: Far From Home, fans of the beloved friendly neighborhood wall-crawler have now been treated to seven live-action Spider-Man solo films over the past seventeen years.
We've all gotten into debates about which Spider-Man is the best film and argued over which Spidey actor gave us the most faithful portrayal, but everyone can agree that we're thankful we've gotten so many chances to see the web-slinging superhero come to life before our eyes. It's been amazing to watch Peter Parker fight some of his most notorious comic book villains and fall for iconic love interests like Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy on the big screen.
Sony and Marvel Studios have done a spectacular job making Spider-Man seem realistic and relatable in the final edits of their films, but set photos can reveal just how much Hollywood magic is required to make that happen. Here are 20 Behind The Scenes Photos That Ruin Spider-Man Movies.
20 NED CAN HANG UPSIDE TOO?
While sneaking into his bedroom during Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tom Holland's Peter Parker crawled across the ceiling in an attempt to make an inconspicuous entrance. This behind the scenes look reveals just how this feat was made possible, and shows that even Peter's best friend Ned is capable of Spidey's supposed wall-crawling acrobatics!
A second bedroom was apparently created for the film, where everything was identical to Peter's normal room other than the fact that it was upside-down. By flipping the footage, director Jon Watts was able to make it look like Holland could cling to the ceiling.
19 WAIT, THOSE AREN'T WEBS
Peter Parker's scientific genius enabled him to develop web shooters which allow him to swing all over Manhattan, but unfortunately, that sort of technology doesn't quite exist in the real world yet. This image from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man reveals just how Spidey is able to maneuver around the city in the film, and while we figured this is what was happening behind the scenes, it's still a bit disappointing to see.
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are simply held up by wires, and a pull cord helps Garfield appear to be capable of Spider-Man's classic web-slinging.
18 SEEING DOUBLE
Even though we know that nearly every major action star has a stunt double, us Spider-Man fans like to think that our live-action Spidey's are fully capable of doing all of the iconic hero's stunts. Unfortunately, this set photo proves that that's simply not the case.
Andrew Garfield can be seen standing next to a look-alike who is wearing his exact costume, and donning a very similar hairstyle. Clearly, there were some scenes in Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel where an entirely unknown man was performing as the wall-crawler.
17 YOU TOO, TOM?
Tom Holland is basically Peter Parker in real life. He's adorably awkward, funny, intelligent and he is capable of some seriously Spidey-like acrobatics. The fanboys and girls in each of us freak out every time he does a backflip or some other cool feat live, and Holland's gymnastic background has always made us assume that he does all his own stunts.
This set photo reveals that for some Homecoming scenes, another individual performed as Spider-Man. Because of this image, viewers will always have to doubt who is truly behind the mask on-screen.
16 THANK GOODNESS FOR SPECIAL EFFECTS
Critics occasionally bash superhero films for being too reliant on computer-generated imagery, but some characters simply can't be brought to life without some major help from special effects. Take Sandman, for example—he's supposed to be capable of transforming his body into a variety of shapes and sizes, and there's no way that'd be possible without CGI.
Before Sony added their SFX to Spider-Man 3, Flint Marko was apparently just a guy wearing a silly paper mache arm that looked like it could have been created by a fairly average cosplayer.
15 WHAT THE IRON SPIDER SUIT REALLY LOOKS LIKE
In Avengers: Infinity War, Peter fought alongside Iron Man, Doctor Strange and some of the Guardians of the Galaxy in a cool new Iron Spider suit given to him by Tony Stark. The Iron Spider uniform is one of the coolest we've seen Spidey wear in live-action, but unfortunately, it might be entirely computer generated!
This behind the scenes look at the set of the film shows Tom Holland prepping for the Titan battle sequence in a motion capture suit, revealing the Iron Spider costume—unlike all of Spidey's other uniforms—doesn't actually exist in real life.
14 SORRY, MARY JANE
Even though most fans can agree that Andrew Garfield made for a very comic book-accurate Spider-Man, it's hard to argue that Amazing Spider-Man 2 wasn't a disaster. It's possible it could have been improved by the introduction of classic love interest Mary Jane Watson, but even though an MJ was cast for the film, all of her scenes were bizarrely removed from the final cut.
This set photo makes us wonder what could have been, as Andrew Garfield smiles at Shailene Woodley's motorcycle-riding Mary Jane.
13 TRAVELING IN STYLE
New York City features some of the worst traffic in the world, but Spider-Man never has to worry about that because he can just swing from skyscraper to skyscraper. Sure, he briefly drove a Spider-Buggy in the comics, but that laughable vehicle was quickly written out of existence because fans just couldn't get on board with the idea of seeing Spider-Man choose to drive over web-sling.
That's why we're so bothered looking at this picture of the MCU's Spidey cruising around town—with his mask off, no less—in a car. It looks weird!
12 NOTHING BUT CGI
Amazing Spider-Man fans who hoped The Lizard was Curt Connor's actor Rhys Ifans in a cool reptilian costume should probably look away from this image from the making of the film. Ifans didn't actually have to don any face paint or wear a scaly bodysuit to portray one of Spidey's most notorious villains, because The Lizard was an entirely-CGI creation.
This photo reveals that the fight scenes between the wall-crawler and The Lizard were pure special effects. Luckily, the ending result was cool enough that this wasn't obvious while watching the film.
11 GREEN SCREEN SPIDEY ACTION
When Ned brought an explosive piece of Chitauri technology to the top of the Washington Monument in Homecoming, Spider-Man had to climb up the extremely tall structure to save his classmates. It looked like Spidey was very, very high up in this desperate rescue attempt, but he seemingly only climbed a few inches.
The background in this memorable scene was just a green screen, and the tip of the Monument rested close to the ground. Also, since Holland was held up by wires, Spidey wasn't in any danger at all during the scene!
10 RHINO GOOFING AROUND
Amazing Spider-Man 2 was filled with questionable decisions regarding the film's antagonists. Many viewers weren't fond of Jamie Foxx's socially-awkward portrayal of Electro, Green Goblin's classic origin story was drastically altered, and Paul Giamatti turned Rhino—one of Spidey's most dangerous foes—into an absolute joke.
This picture of Giamatti goofing around on set definitely doesn't help matters. And we'll never be able to unsee his ridiculous motion capture suit for the iconic villain.
9 THESE KIDS CAN'T STAY IN CHARACTER
In this fun behind-the-scenes cast photo of Peter Parker and his Midtown School of Science and Technology classmates, no one seems to be in character. Flash is hanging out with some of the nerds he loves to make fun of, Liz seems to be flirting with Ned, and the dry and sarcastic MJ is twerking on Peter.
It's nice to see the Homecoming group having fun together when the camera isn't rolling, but it's definitely a bit bizarre to see the actors behave so differently from their characters.
8 HAS SONY EVER READ A GREEN GOBLIN COMIC?
Just when we'd finally gotten over 2002 Spider-Man's atrociously-armored Green Goblin, Amazing Spider-Man 2 threw another weird take on the web-slinger's greatest rival at us. In the comics, the Goblin just wears a mask to hide his identity, but this film chose to transform Harry Osborn into an actual green-skinned, goblin-esque monster.
Luckily the film didn't go this goblin-y in the villain's first appearance at the end of the film, but the fact that they even considered doing make-up like this makes us wonder if Sony has ever read a Spider-Man comic with the Green Goblin in it.
7 SO MANY CAMERAS
When Tony Stark discussed the opportunity for Peter Parker to finally join the roster of Earth's Mightiest Heroes at the Avengers complex in Spider-Man: Homecoming, it was an extremely important scene for the young superhero. That moment between Peter and his role model and mentor felt very intimate and private in the film, but this photo paints quite the different picture.
Two very large cameras were all up in Tony and Peter's faces as they discussed Spider-Man's future, making their significant exchange look very uncomfortable.
6 IS THAT ELECTRO OR LIZARD?
It seems like all of the pictures from the set of Amazing Spider-Man 2 turn us off from the already-unpopular film! This behind-the-scenes image shows Jamie Foxx in a peculiar bodysuit, trying to figure out how to bring Electro to life.
The issue with Foxx's costume, though, is that he looks way more like the Lizard here than he does Spider-Man's electrokinetic adversary. Why drastically alter a look that has become so classic in the comics?
5 PLASTIC SYMBIOTE TENDRILS
Many Spider-Man fans were outraged that Spider-Man 3 haphazardly threw Venom into the end of the film like he was a minor character in the web-slinger's journey. Viewers also didn't love Topher Grace being cast as the bulky and intimidating Eddie Brock, but at least the film did a decent job making the beloved antagonist look appropriately creepy.
His symbiote uniform really did seem to have a life of its own in the film, but this image proves that some of the alien tendrils were mere plastic. Thankfully, special effects were able to make Venom look a bit better.
4 SPIDEY'S BAD HAIR DAY
Anyone who follows Tom Holland or Zendaya on social media knows that they're close friends in real life. They like each other as much off-screen as their characters do when the cameras are rolling, and while we're glad they have great chemistry, this silly image makes us see Peter and MJ in a whole different light.
MJ is supposed to be very serious and dry, but Zendaya joked around while filming by draping her hair over Spidey's head to make it look like he was wearing a wig. It's not the best look for him.
3 INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE IN LIVE ACTION
We were disappointed when we saw that Andrew Garfield had a stunt double for his two Amazing Spider-Man films, but this set photo reveals that he actually had two other people taking his place as the friendly neighborhood web-slinger!
This image has so many people dressed up as Spider-Man that it looks like a live-action version of Into the Spider-Verse.
2 HELD UP BY WIRES
Tom Holland's acting career actually started out on Broadway, and he's been trained in dance and gymnastics since he was a pre-teen. He's capable of several of Spidey's more impressive acrobatic feats, but when it comes to hanging off a building's balcony, even Holland needs to rely on some wires and harnesses. Just look at this Homecoming set photo, which shows how he was able to navigate around Manhattan.
1 MYSTERIO IS A HERO AFTER ALL
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Mysterio claimed to be an inter-dimensional hero hailing from another Earth. Comic book fans suspected that he was lying, and he proved those fans right in the film by revealing himself to be its ultimate villain.
That's why it's so surprising to see him here at a children's hospital with Spider-Man, being a young fan's hero during the press tour for the film. We're happy to see it, but it's still bizarre to see the master of illusions being a good guy.