12. Better Director (Sam Raimi vs. Marc Webb)
Webb deserves kudos for taking on a more difficult task than Raimi: he had to present his own unique vision of Spider-Man's beginning, 10 years after an acclaimed director's own big-budget spectacle hit theaters. For the most part, Webb bestows the character of Peter Parker with a nuanced universe steeped in reality -- the exchanges between Parker and Gwen Stacy, for instance, look and sound like actual high school students in 2012 -- and colors his perspective of a superhero-strewn New York City with flashy visuals that nod to his music video past (the blue flakes of chemical-snow falling in the final action sequence are breathtaking on their own). But in the end, Raimi delivered a more unique, deft touch behind the camera. The horror veteran made details of the original "Spider-Man" sing with an understanding of the Marvel series, and knew when to pull back and let a classic moment speak for itself (i.e., that upside-down kiss). If Raimi's vision hadn't worked so well critically and commercially, Webb might have never gotten a chance to create his own Spidey show. Winner: "Spider-Man"