Summary

  • Spider-Man movies can be awkward, whether it’s due to the character’s own clumsiness or uncomfortable subject matter.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s post-credits scene teased future sequels and a Sinister Six movie that never happened, making it awkward in retrospect.
  • Some scenes in Spider-Man movies, like Peter changing in front of an adult, can toe the line between funny and uncomfortable.

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Spider-Man has had a better big-screen history than most heroes, but that doesn’t mean some individual scenes are awkward and better left forgotten. Just as important as Peter’s sense of responsibility and terrible luck is just how awkward the character can be at times. The MCU Spider-Man movies have done a great job capturing just how un-smooth Peter Parker can be at times. This awkwardness can be a big part of Peter’s charm when it is part of his character, as it makes Spider-Man more relatable. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t sometimes hard to watch

Sometimes, Spider-Man movies can also be awkward for reasons outside of Peter or the characters. Certain moments from the movies might not land right or might contain uncomfortable subject matter that makes the audience far more uncomfortable than the second-hand embarrassment they feel for Peter. These instances aren’t always by design, unlike the examples of Spider-Man just being awkward because of who he is.

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10 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Teased Too Many Sequels That Never Happened

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

The ending of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is an example of an unintentionally awkward scene in Spider-Man movies. The post-credits scene teased a slew of different Spider-Man villains, setting up future Amazing Spider-Man films as well as the planned Sinister Six project at the time. Because of The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s performance, Sony completely re-evaluated their plans and never ended up paying off any of these teases.

Rewatching the film makes this scene very awkward because it’s embarrassing to see how confident Sony was about their franchise plans. It’s also a grim reminder that something similar could potentially happen to the MCU, leaving tons of dangling plot threads unresolved. Now, with Sony’s Spider-Man Universe ongoing, it’s possible the company could revisit a supervillain team-up movie sometime soon.

9 Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Party Scene Was Too Awkward For Ned And Peter

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Peter and Ned at the Party in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Peter and Ned going to Liz Allen’s party in Spider-Man: Homecoming perfectly captured the awkward feeling of one’s first high school party. The scene may actually have captured it too well, making it a little hard to watch at times. Whether it’s Ned standing around in his fedora waiting for Spider-Man to show up or Flash Thompson leading a “Penis Parker” chant, this scene can get painful. However, that extreme awkwardness is perfect for what’s happening in the story, and is a good illustration of how hard it is for Peter to have to hide his powers.

8 Peter Hitting Mary Jane Was Too Far Even For Black Suit Spider-Man

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Mary Jane after being hit by Spider-Man

When looking back at Spider-Man 3, some of the most memorable scenes are Peter’s goofy antics while under the influence of the symbiote. However, while the finger guns and dancing in the streets are the good kind of awkward, the scene where Peter tries to make Mary Jane jealous crosses over into bad awkward.

After dancing with Gwen Stacy to make MJ jealous, Peter gets into a conflict with some of the employees at the piano bar. During the struggle, Mary Jane tries to stop Peter. He hits her before turning around and realizing she wasn’t one of the bouncers. Even though Peter didn’t mean to hit Mary Jane, it was still a very uncomfortable scene to watch. It may also have been a little too dark for an otherwise campy superhero movie.

7 Andrew Garfield Pauses For Applause In Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

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When Andrew Garfield first showed up in Spider-Man: No Way Home, movie theaters would erupt in applause and cheering. Marvel wisely knew that would happen, so they included a sizable pause after Garfield shows up to allow for the clapping to die down. Unfortunately, now that the movie is out of theaters, it leaves a very awkward gap in the movie.

Watching Spider-Man: No Way Home on home release almost feels like watching a sitcom with the laugh track turned off. This will become even more awkward in retrospect if audiences hit a point where they get sick of cameos and just want new characters. Looking back at this moment will feel like the beginning of a trend that went too far, if it does.

6 Amazing Spider-Man 2 Fails To Convince Fans That Harry Osborn Is Peter’s Best Friend

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Peter looking at Harry Osborn in Amazing Spider-Man 2

Despite Oscorp playing a major role in The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker doesn’t once mention that he was best friends with Harry Osborn. Flash forward to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and suddenly, the movie is tasked with convincing the audience that the two were super close when they were kids. However, the movie is much more concerned with fast-forwarding Harry’s story to get him in the Green Goblin costume, so it tries to quickly set up Harry and Peter’s relationship in a single scene.

The two walk and catch up, talking about how good friends they used to be. However, it’s a little weird for the audience who didn’t know Harry existed and are suddenly being told he’s Peter’s best friend despite having no evidence beforehand. This scene could equally have been fixed if Harry Osborn had had a minor role in The Amazing Spider-Man instead of trying to rush things in the second movie.

5 Peter Is Caught With His Pants Down, Literally

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Peter with his pants down in Spider-Man: Far From Home

Throughout Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter has to juggle trying to help Nick Fury and just enjoy his school trip. This leads to an awkward conflict where one of Fury’s agents insists Peter change into his new suit in front of her. Just as Peter gets his pants down, his romantic rival Brad comes in and sees him. As if that weren’t bad enough, Brad snaps a picture of a pantsless Peter to show to MJ.

The scene is the funny kind of awkward, though it does toe the line of becoming uncomfortable. It is a little strange when considering that Peter Parker is a high school student in this movie, and the woman he is taking his clothes off in front of is an adult. Brad taking a picture of Peter in his underwear to blackmail him is also pretty uncomfortable and is an unwelcome reminder of real-life sextortion crimes.

4 Peter Asks If He Can Call His Suit AI Liz

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Before Peter developed feelings for MJ in the MCU Spider-Man movies, he had a crush on his classmate, Liz Allen. Though Peter is mostly just shy about it, there is one instance where it gets a little awkward. When he first meets the AI woman’s voice in his Spider-Man suit, Peter originally refers to her as “suit lady.” Deciding he needs a name for her, he initially suggests calling her Liz, then immediately regrets it.

This scene is saved from being weird for the audience because Peter immediately acknowledges how strange of a choice it was. It also helps that Peter had just suffered a pretty bad head injury, so he could be cut a little slack. Regardless, it’s a classic example of the awkwardness of young crushes.

3 Peter And Gwen’s Banter Is So Cute That It’s Awkward

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Throughout The Amazing Spider-Man movies, there are several scenes where Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy have cute conversations that feel somewhat improvised. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were in an actual relationship at the time, and their chemistry came across very well on screen. Perhaps a little too well.

Some of these scenes go on for a little too long, making it feel like the audience is just awkwardly along for the ride on someone’s date. One of the worst examples is in The Amazing Spider-Man when Uncle Ben starts the conversation by referring to Gwen as the “girl on [Peter’s] computer.” This leads to several minutes of Peter stammering out a defense and Gwen giving him a hard time. The scene has its moments but ultimately lasts too long and has some long, awkward pauses.

2 Harry Osborn Tells Mary Jane What To Wear

Spider-Man (2002)

Mary Jane and Harry Osborn meeting with Norman Osborn in Spider-Man

When Harry Osborn plans to introduce Mary Jane to his father in Spider-Man, he is initially unhappy with what she’s wearing. He tells her she should have worn a black dress because his dad likes black. It’s clear that MJ feels uncomfortable after he says it, and the audience probably does too. This is one of the earlier indications that Harry isn’t as good a friend as he seems.

This moment only gets more awkward later when Mary Jane is seen wearing a black dress the next time she and Harry get together with Norman. This proves that Harry made MJ feel insecure and like she had to wear certain things to be accepted. It also shows that if Harry had just thought to tell her in the first place, she would have worn a black dress initially. Harry just comes off looking like a jerk, and the fact that he’s played by controversial actor James Franco doesn’t help.

1 Mary Jane Mimics Her Iconic Spider-Man Kiss With John Jameson

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Mary Jane kisses John Jameson in Spider-Man 2

One of the most iconic moments of the first Spider-Man movie was when Peter kissed Mary Jane in the rain, hanging upside down on a web. In Spider-Man 2, MJ tries to relive the moment, this time with her fiancé, John Jameson. MJ leans over Jameson as he lies on the couch, kissing him upside down to recreate the feeling of kissing Spider-Man. The moment is very awkward to watch because Jameson has no idea what MJ is really doing, but the audience does. It’s not fun watching someone completely unaware that their significant other is fantasizing about someone else.

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