Who’s Your Favorite Spider-Man?

Nearly two decades and four Spider-Men have arrived to grasp our hearts on the big screen. The character continuously evolves over the years and we could very well see a live-action version of Miles Morales in the coming decade, adding to this list. Because Spider-Man has been such a hot topic for the past month since the Sony/Marvel Studios debacle I felt he would be the perfect person for this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? Enjoy!

Tobey Maguire Becomes the First Live-Action Spider-Man

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Tobey Maguire would become iconic for being the first person to bring the web-slinging superhero to life on the big screen that caught the hearts of millions. Grossing $825 million at the global box office, it was confirmed that this version of Spider-Man was a booming success.

He would go on to make two more movies, with Spider-Man 3 going on to have the worst reviews of all of the live-action Spider-Man films at 6.2 out of 10 stars on IMDb. It was after Spider-Man 3 that it was obvious a new Spider-Man needed to be crowned.

Andrew Garfield Injects a Bit of New Life into the Character

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Five years after Spider-Man 3 Andrew Garfield became the next Spider-Man and the character was provided a new spark of life. It was short-lived, however, after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 turned out to be an absolute bomb, delivering a lackluster story with the worst depiction of a Spider-Man villain ever brought to the big screen. (Sorry Jamie Fox.)

Tom Holland Saves the Day

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Two years later Tom Holland made his debut as the web-slinging hero in Captain America: Civil War and the internet exploded with joy. Marvel Studios delivered the greatest version of the character yet as he was the first rendition of the hero who actually seemed like a teenager!

As soon as Iron Man said, “Underoos” he grasped the hearts of millions, delivering us a version of the character that we immediately fell in love with.

Miles Morales Changes the Game

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And then, last year, we were introduced to the first Spider-Man of color in Miles Morales, a black-Latino teenager who gains the powers of Spider-Man and has to save the world. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse would end up garnering an Oscar win for Best Animated Film and is the best-reviewed Spider-Man movie of all time.

Each version of the character over the years has been different and each has managed to delight fans in their own special ways. So, I present you with the question, who has been your favorite Spider-Man so far?

For me, Tom Holland is literally the perfect Spider-Man but to be honest, my favorite Spider-Man is Miles Morales. He’s the first version of the character that I identify with and there’s something so beautiful about his journey into becoming Spider-Man. I can’t wait to eventually see the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a web-tacular day. 😁

8 thoughts on “Who’s Your Favorite Spider-Man?”

  1. Tom Holland is my fave and I also have a soft spot for Tobey. Wasn’t a fan of Garfield. I’m not sure if we will see Morales in the live action films, due to rights issues. He can dominate the animated side of things though, providing that the Spiderverse sequel matches the quality of the first film.

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    1. Oh my goodness, yes! The Spectacular Spider-Man was the first Spider-Man I had ever been introduced to. That cartoon is why I’m such a fan of Doctor Octopus, Madame Web, Green Goblin, Kingpin, and Hobgoblin. It’s such a great animated series. I used to watch it all the time as a kid.

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      1. Same here. About 6 months back I rewatched it again and it’s one of the few shows from my childhood that is way better when you’re an adult. Though it’s always annoying knowing nothing is going to get resolved because it got canned prematurely.

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  2. Team Tobey. I remember how skeptical I was about any comic book adaptations at that time in 2002. I hadn’t even gone to see X-Men because I just didn’t trust it. I got burned out on the Batman movies and never watched the last two. But Spider-Man had spent such a long time in development, and as my favorite comic book character growing up was a must-see. I was very pleased with the movie. They just accurately captured so many things about his canon from Uncle Ben to Aunt May to Mary Jane to JJJ, as well as making Spider-Man a nerdy bookworm type. Not only that but having Norman and Harry Osborn both in it, creating the complicated relationship triangles just like the comic book did, was fantastic.

    None of that prepared me for the absolute awesomeness of Spider-Man 2 a mere two years later. Doc Ock was so accurately cast and costumed from the glasses to the hair to the green coat to the pot belly. And the complications of Spider-Man’s secret identity and his various insecurities as a human being were developed in full force. The movies even perfectly used several iconic lines of dialogue from the comic books. Those are some of the best adaptations of any comic book superhero that I’ve seen. Part 3 was a fair continuation, but I think suffered as a movie from the feeling that the story would just shut down to make room for a big special effects sequence, and then snap back to dialogue scenes again.

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