Who is the Best Spider Man?
Updated: Jun 8
Ever since Tobey Magurie was recast by Andrew Garfield, and then recast by Tom Holland, there has been a huge discussion of who is the best Spider Man. Most people will tell you 3 different answers. Some will say Tom, some will say Tobey, and some will say Andrew. The reality is that none of them really are the best and each of them are unique in their own ways. Tobey was a great Peter Parker but was not the best Spider Man. Andrew was a great Spider Man but was not the best Peter Parker, and Tom fits the best of both worlds. But not even Tom was the best. I think the best Spider Man would be all of them combined. I think Tobey’s Spider Man had the best story arc, Andrew had the best character romance, and Tom was the most accurate.
The first Spider Man came out in 2002, played by Tobey Magurie, and was directed by Sam Raimi. I grew up watching this Spider Man, and was my favorite. This version of Spider Man had a clear beginning, middle, and end. They introduced us to the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, and Venom. The story was about Peter Parker, a high schooler from Queens, New York who was bitten by a radioactive spider. He was then given spider abilities. He used his new spider-like powers to stop crime and be a hero. This plotline continued on through the whole series. But in the third Spider Man movie of Tobey's franchise, things did not turn out for the best. The original plan was to have Sandman portray the main villain and have Harry Osborn become the new Green Goblin as a side villain. But Sony wanted to add Venom. Sam Raimi didn’t really know the character too well so he didn’t want to add him. But Sony kept pushing, so they ended up adding him which ruined the whole series. After Spider Man 3 did poorly in the theaters, Sam had an idea of making a fourth Spider Man movie but he got really tired of trying to film Spider Man, so they ended up rebooting the entire series.
The Amazing Spider Man was the reboot Sony had in mind. The film was released in 2012 and directed by Marc Webb. The one aspect that this version of Spider Man did well was the character romance. In the reboot, they reintroduced Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone. The romance between Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker is a key part of Spider Man in the comics. This version hits it right on the spot. This movie is supposed to be a Superhero movie. But it feels like a teen drama movie, and I'm not saying it's a bad thing. This movie also felt dark which is fine. But in the second movie, they made it a hopeful environment. But in doing so, it made it feel like another reboot. This Spider Man gets the most harsh critiques from most Spider Man fans. However, I think this version was good for what it was given and did some good things better than the other two.
Nowadays, Tom is the most liked Spider Man actor. He is both a great Spider Man like Andrew, and a good Peter Parker like Tobey. He looks nerdy and has the physical attributes like Spider Man. He is the most accurate, but he still is not the best. He has a clear beginning like Tobey’s Spider Man and character romance like Andrew, but the quality he is missing to be the best is his motivation. In this version, his motivation is Tony Stark, when it should be Uncle Ben. For example, when Peter was stuck under rubble in Spider Man Homecoming, you hear the voice of Tony, when it should have been Ben, and they only mention him through one line. This would have totally worked if Peter was older. He would not be totally over it, but he would not always be crying over it.
They all have done things better than the other, Tobey Maguire’s Spider Man has the best story arc, Andrew’s has the best character romance, and Tom’s had the best character accuracy. If you were to combine all of those main things they did well, you would have the Best Spider Man.