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Being directed by the guy who made the Evil Dead movies (which aren't exactly crowning achievements of subtle horror), a lot of the trilogy's charm comes from Sam Raimi intentionally invoking the silly 60s style of the comics and the animated show, as well as ensuring that Spider-Man remains a Kid-Appeal Character mascot. These are the ones that didn't work. Or did. It depends on what you watch these movies for.

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Spider-Man 2

  • Many serious, empowering moments are made difficult to take seriously by Tobey Maguire's strange facial expressions, which bounce all over the spectrum from Dull Surprise to Chewing the Scenery. The infamous train scene from the second film is particularly tough to sit through because Peter's face scrunches up to an immense degree; it looks like he's preparing for a werewolf transformation scene.
  • One scene from the film sorely stuck out when Harry starts to have a mental breakdown at the end and sees his father. His Big "NO!" sequence came off as funny rather than dramatic.
  • The lead-in might be more narmtacular:
    "AVENGE MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"
  • Earlier on, when Dr. Octavius' experiment goes wrong, Harry shrieks out to one of his aides "I'M IN CHAAAARGE HEEEERE!" while hopping up and down like an angry toddler.
  • From the same scene, Rosalie Octavius's death. The metal in the window she's facing is attracted to Dr. Octavius's man-made sun, causing the glass to shatter in her direction. She just stands there and screams. If shown in real time, this wouldn't have qualified as Narm, but it was in slow motion, with a very drawn-out scream — she also looks like she's smiling. The extremely dramatic music certainly doesn't help, either.
    • The story also tries to make it seem like she was mutilated by the glass as it shred her to death, like it would any person with such large chunks of sharp glass flying everywhere. Except Beauty Is Never Tarnished and they opt to show her intact with seemingly no injuries at all right afterwards. Clearly she died by a heart attack.
  • Toward the end, when Peter sees a big-ass wall about to collapse on MJ from behind, he lets out a wail that is not only really over the top, but comes with a close-up of his face as he makes it. It's some awful, ungodly high-pitched roaring noise that escaped from the fires of hell and out of Tobey Maguire's mouth. Take a look.
    • It takes a lot of steam out of the scene when the winds from Doc Ock's experiment make the whole scene awkward as MJ falls over and they accidentally incite a Panty Shot. And the actress focuses more on correcting her skirt than being terrified of the wall about to crush her, complete with her screams suddenly going much more muted and awkward. It's like they pulled off a Marilyn Maneuver at the worst possible time.
  • One of the female extras starts Chewing the Scenery during a scene in which Doc Ock's arms pierce through the wall. She starts screeching, does an extremely stereotypical Girly Run towards the camera — to the point where the camera can practically see down her throat as she melodramatically shrieks while running towards it — only to come to a complete halt to scream some more. However, unlike some of the other examples here, this scene was probably intentionally made to be corny by Raimi.
  • "He humiliated me by touching me" provides enough narm in its own right, but combine it with Harry's Foe Yay obsession with Spidey, and his decision to instantly flip a pair of sunglasses on, and this scene instantly becomes iconic.
  • Doc Ock opens up the train car to take an exhausted Peter with him, and everyone who stood in his way gives a half-hearted "you're going to have to go through me" one-liner.
  • The wooden delivery of what some may consider to be the film's most iconic line:
    Peter: [plunk] PIZZA TIME.

Spider-Man 3

This film is infamous for being Narmy:

  • Nearly every viewer tends to agree on one element of the film being hopelessly Narm-tacular: Venom opens his terrifying mouth and out comes... Topher Grace's voice. You almost expect to hear "In the Street" playing.
    • Even when he peels back his Venom face to reveal his human face, said human face now has sharp teeth for some inexplicable reason. The fact that he even feels the need to constantly reveal his human face also reduces his intimidating factor.
  • Emo Peter has become one of the sole things people think about in regards to this movie. He's either a case of Never Live It Down or Ensemble Dark Horse depending on who's talking about him:
    • Peter's emo haircut practically neutered any attempts to take him seriously. The dancing and his random flirting with women make it even worse.
      • It would have been fine if Peter's hair just happened to hang over his face when he was under the influence, but that one shot showing him purposefully sweeping his hair forward wrecked it.
      • Even with that, you could somewhat take the hair seriously because of its disheveled look. Then the very next scene, where we see that the hair is carefully groomed to look like that, ends any chance it might've had for visualizing the emotional torment Peter might be going through.
      • The whole "emo dance". No wonder he doesn't like to talk about it.
    • Peter's angry expression when slamming Eddie up against a wall for faking photos of Spider-Man looks really goofy, like he's trying way too hard to look angry.
    • Peter's dance number in the jazz club has become legendary in its sheer narm, especially because of the Mood Whiplash afterwards. Sure, it's intentionally played as comedic, but his reasons for doing this are meant to be seen as a serious dick move on his part, but it's sort of hard to focus on that when the dancing is so silly. Not helping is the fact that the crowd seems to regard it as the coolest thing ever.
      • "Now dig on this." BLEUGH.
      • When Mary Jane melodramatically asks Peter "Who are you?", audiences alternately laughed while also muttering "Don't say it, Peter, don't say it!", only to groan in disappointment when Peter inevitably answers Mary Jane's question with an equally melodramatic and predictable "I don't know!"
  • The scene where Mary Jane breaks up with Peter. Some people found it hilarious when Tobey Maguire started crying.
  • When MJ and Harry start being flirtatious to each other, they start dancing while cooking an omelette with gigantic grins on their faces. It ends up coming off as more weird than romantic. It's also never brought up again.
  • When Peter knocks Harry down and Harry says, "I protected you in high school and now I'm gonna kick your little ass!", Peter's immediate reaction is a mock "Oooh!"
    • He then follows it up (after turning the tables on Harry) by mockingly remarking "Look at little Goblin, Jr.! You gonna cry?", in the same tone he used for the mock "Oooh!"
      • For an extra dose of irony, keep in mind that this taunt is coming from Tobey Maguire's Peter, who's known for bursting into tears a lot in the trilogy.
  • These lines:
    Mary Jane: Do you want to push me away?
    Peter: Push you away? Why would I want to push you away... I love you!
  • Harry, when coming after Peter as the New Goblin, yells "SHUT UP!" when Peter tries to explain that "I didn't kill your father! He was trying to kill me, he killed himself!"
  • Right before the final battle, Spider-Man dashes in across some rooftops to deal with the threat. During this time, he runs in front of a huge American flag waving majestically, taking up the entire background of the shot. The overly-jingoistic tone of this moment ruins the dashing entrance that he's supposed to be making.
  • Eddie Brock "praying" to God to kill Peter Parker for exposing him as a fraud comes off as being more funny than creepy due to Grace's whining delivery. This is possibly intentional, since Brock being a pathetic whiner unable to take responsibility for his own actions is sort of the point.
    • Also, as Cinematic Excrement points out, he seems to genuinely expect God to kill Peter for him!
  • It's also difficult to take Harry's "Evil Plan" in the middle of the movie very seriously, due to things like the end result of hurting Peter like this not being very clear, the fact that MJ could have put a stop to it if she just told Peter that Harry got his memory back out of earshot of Harry, Harry's line about revenge (or the pie) tasting "so good!" and the strange face he makes at Peter from the window. What was that?
  • The scene where the scientists decide that a bird ended up in the sand pile is full of this, as one wonders how they would come to the conclusion that a bird would account for the recorded change in mass of the sand. To make it even worse, they keep going with the experiment without actually checking to see if it really was a bird, resulting in the birth of Sandman. Nice job, guys. You've earned those PhDs.
  • The final fight has a few moments of this:
    • The two little kid extrasnote  suddenly commenting on the large climactic fight scene:
    • Mary Jane — who has been a major Damsel Scrappy throughout the entire trilogy — seems utterly determined to take this even more Up to Eleven, as if in an attempt to cap off the trilogy with one last melodramatic blast of Damsel Scrappiness. To her credit, she's a lot more of an Action Survivor this time around.
    • The incredibly obvious recycled audio from the first film of MJ's terrified screams and Spidey shouting "HOLD ON, MARY JANE!" and "MARY JANE!!!" Those who distinctly remember hearing all this before will find this very jarring.
      • For that matter, if you look closely during the falling taxi scene, Kirsten Dunst is laughing rather than screaming.
    • Also, every single Dull Surprise line that comes from the English TV news reporter's mouth.
      • Speaking of that, why the hell is a reporter for a New York news network English?
      James Lileks: Is there a woman with a Bronx accent doing the news in Manchester, England?
  • The trailer alone had MJ saying "Everybody needs help sometimes, even Spider-Man." twice. As if we didn't know the symbiote would mess him up, she just really wants to drive home the point that Pete really needs help.
  • Early in the film, Peter tries to clear up things with Harry regarding his father's death, only for Harry to shut him down with, "Tell it to my father. Raise him from the dead". This is intended to be a bitter, scathing remark of sarcasm, but the way it's delivered makes it sound more like a genuine request, almost as if Harry legitimately believes Peter could bring the dead back to life.
  • Thomas Haden Church's performance as Flint Marko/Sandman is incredibly flat in contrast to the drama Raimi tried to inject into the character. It doesn't help that he was some of the most awkwardly written dialogue in the movie. His reacting lines almost seem completely independent of what other characters are saying to him. It's like having a fever dream and imagining an extra character was added to the movie by your mind.
    Sandman: (dull monotone) I don't wanna hurt you. Leave now.
    Spider-Man: I guess you haven't heard. I'm the sheriff around these parts.
    Sandman: (bored) Okay.
  • Once Harry stops Venom from impaling Spider-Man (read: slicing at his elbows with Razor Bats), Venom hardly reacts in pain as much as he just irritably shrugs his arms down as if to say "Jesus, really?!"

Alternative Title(s): Spider Man 3

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