Stan Lee Names Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ His Favorite Superhero Movie

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Over the years, Stan Lee has appeared in almost every single Marvel movie to date and his fun cameos are something that plenty of moviegoers are always really looking forward to, but which superhero movie is his favorite one? As it turns out, not only is it a movie in which he has appeared, but also one featuring a character that he has created.

During a recent Facebook Live Q&A session with fans, the Marvel comic book creator revealed that Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie has so far been his favorite superhero movie. Here’s what Lee had to say:

“I think my favorite comic book movie was the first one that was such a hit, the first Spider-Man. After that, everything else seemed easy.”

The first Spider-Man movie in Sam Raimi’s trilogy was released back in 2002 and brought in $821.7 million at the worldwide box office during its theatrical run. The movie starred Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Willem Dafoe, Rosemary Harris, Cliff Robertson, Elizabeth Banks and J. K. Simmons.

You can check out his heroic cameo in 2002’s Spider-Man in the video below.

What do you guys think? Which of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies is your favorite one? I’ll have to go with the second one. Let us know your pick in the comment section.

Source: Stan Lee’s Facebook page

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.


    Oops, that’s gotta smart for Marvel’s precious MCU. LOL.

    • Worldmind

      Well that first Spider-Man is still a damn good film. And good luck finding a ton of people who put BvS or Man of Steel as their favourite DC movie. LOL.

      • SAMURAI36

        I agree, the first Spidey film was pretty good.

        And fortunately there are a ton of people for whom BVS is a fave film. Just go look on Twitter.

        • Worldmind

          I don’t go on Twitter but I can believe you on that. Putting BvS ahead of The Dark Knight? Anything is possible in this world.

        • Steve Steve

          I wouldn’t value the opinion of anyone who considered BvS superior to TDK. Stan is saying this 14 years and dozens of films after the fact. Maybe those who think BvS is the best should wait for the “newness” to wear off.

          • SAMURAI36

            That’s your business what you value.

            I’m not sure why the comparisons need to be made, every time someone talks about Marvel. What anyone thinks is the best DC movie is completely irrelevant to what Mr Marvel himself thinks is the best film.

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    • Steve Steve

      Why? It is an excellent film. Spider-Man made Stan Lee a worldwide celebrity. The first is usually the sweetest. Besides, Spider-Man was Stan’s greatest character.

  • Steve Steve

    This makes perfect sense. That was a true land-mark film. It was excellent, established CBMs as potentially gigantic hits, advanced Marvel IP considerably, was (probably) the largest factor contributing to the eventual Marvel self-financing model, and the launch-point of the entire CBM renaissance.

    Some preemptive arguments:

    Yes, X-Men came first, but it was nothing compared to Spider-Man ($296 million < $821 million)

    Some of the smaller successes would certainly have contributed to the forecasts for Marvel Studios' self-financed properties. (Blade, Blade II, X-Men, X2, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Hulk)

    Batman had huge success in film 1989-1995, but failed (not that they were necessarily trying) to launch the CBM revolution that followed Spider-Man. (similar argument for Super Man) Furthermore, Batman & Robin is widely (rightly) blamed for damaging the CBM genre, damage that wasn't repaired until Spider-Man.