Best Spider-Man so far: Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield? | The Tylt
Best Spider-Man so far: Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield?
There are three major motion picture adaptations of Marvel's Spider-Man in the last 15 years. We had to run a Twitter poll to settle which two Spideys should face-off, and the geeks have spoken. Tobey and Andrew became Hollywood A-listers by portraying the popular web-slinger. And while Tom had a great cameo as Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War," he has a lot to prove with the highly-anticipated reboot "Spider-Man: Homecoming."
Now we must settle one of geek culture's biggest debates of the last few years, who is the better Spider-Man: Tobey or Andrew?
Tobey's iteration of Spider-Man is iconic. His performance in the first Sony-produced "Spider-Man" trilogy (2002-2007) was spectacular, to say the least. He brought a famous Marvel comic book property (and popular '90s cartoon superhero) to the silver screen—making Spider-Man more popular than Superman or Batman in the process. It's easy to forget, but the first "Spider-Man" trilogy truly kicked off today's Golden Age of superhero films.
All three movies were blockbuster hits, while only the first two garnered critical acclaim. Still, Tobey will forever be known as the actor who popularized Spider-Man on film.
Let's be real, "Spider-Man 3" was so horrible that it killed the franchise and it was Garfield who resuscitated the wallcrawler from the dead—not Tobey Maguire and his terrible emo haircut. Yes, Tobey was a great at embodying a brainy, awkward Peter Parker, but did he really ever make a great Spider-Man?
To be fair, critics also bashed Garfield's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." It received mixed reviews and was a box office flop in the U.S., where it struggled to justify its $250 million budget with American audiences. But the film did manage to gross $708 million worldwide, and it captured one of comic book series' greatest, pivotal moments—the shocking death of Gwen Stacy.
On the other hand, Andrew's first run as the webhead back in 2012, "The Amazing Spider-Man," was a definite success! Andrew amassed so much praise for being able to capture Spidey's wit and charm. It was no easy task to step in another actor's shoes—especially since it had only been five years since "Spider-Man 3" was released.
Like "Spider-Man 3," the failure of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is mostly Sony's fault. Andrew made a great Spidey, and unfortunately had to leave the role too soon. But Andrew has quickly cemented a legacy playing the superhero—and a huge legion of fans too.
Fans were already debating Tobey or Andrew before Tom Holland came along, and months before the release of "Spider-Man: Homecoming," geeks are still debating Tobey or Andrew.