279 people agreed to the question u/playboi17 asked on r/comicbookmovies. Of the three options, “The Amazing Spider-Man” received the fewest votes with just 22 votes, while “Spider-Man 3” took second place with 103 votes. But the ultimate winner – or loser, as the case may be – was “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” with 154 votes. As pollsters keep reminding us, opinion polls only provide a snapshot. And at the time and place of this poll, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with Easter eggs and all, was considered the worst.
Why? As u/Classical_Fan explained, “I wanted to see them take the conspiracy stuff they set up in the previous film and give us something new that still feels like Spider-Man. Instead… they turned Electro into a sucker who becomes a villain due to a random accident, and they killed one of the best characters for no good reason. That’s all true for the comics, but it didn’t line up with what they put up in the first film. It just felt like a big missed opportunity.” This is consistent with IndieWire reporting Jamie Foxx’s bizarre characterization of Max Dillon, aka Electro, and the film’s emphasis on setting up sequels and spin-offs, which we now learn about know that they are unlikely to happen, cited as particular shortcomings.
Even Andrew Garfield has some opinions on what went wrong with Amazing Spider-Man 2. In a 2014 Daily Beast interview, he accused studio heads of cutting the thematic threads that ran through Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci’s script, resulting in a compromised end product.