Who is the best Spider-man?

Who is the best Spider-man?

After experiencing the cinematic perfection and ultimate superhero crossover that was Spider-Man: No Way Home, it was inevitable for a debate to surface deciding who the best Spider-Man is once and for all: Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield or Tom Holland.

Each of the men have their own unique qualities that added to the character of Peter Parker, so the decision of who is superior is not easy.

The man who started the cinematic Spider-Man movies, Tobey Maguire, has the most nostalgic atmosphere when watching and also has the most accurate villain arc, so it is natural for the older audiences that enjoyed watching the web-slinger to gravitate towards the first three Spider-Man movies.  The main villains included in Maguire’s movies are Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman and Venom. The villain aspect is important to Peter Parker’s journey as Spider-Man and Maguire’s movies depicted the antagonists in the most comic accurate way. However, compared to both Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland’s movies, Maguire’s Spider-Man movies lack the strong love interest that is an essential part of the Spider-Man comics.

The middle-man in the trio of Spider-men over the past 20 years is definitely the most hated by the public, but in light of the newest Spider-Man movie, Andrew Garfield has been receiving a surplus of new love from the fans. I am a hardcore Andrew Garfield Spider-Man fan myself, so when everyone started expressing a newfound love for him, I was ecstatic. Garfield’s Spider-Man was the most accurate when under the mask because he added the perfect balance between comedy and righteous heroism. Peter Parker is only 16, so it makes the most sense for him to have a young and immature persona.

Garfield’s Spider-Man origin story was also the most heartbreaking yet accurate when considering the comics. The storyline of Uncle Ben’s murder is the reason for Peter Parker using his spider-bite senses as a hero, but what most people do not know is that Spider-Man was originally a vigilante trying to avenge his Uncle’s death.  In Maguire and Holland’s movies, Spider-Man is never truly feared or hated by the public, but Garfield was. Garfield’s Spider-Man also had the most compelling romance.

In the comics, the leading love interest for Peter Parker is Mary-Jane (MJ) Watson, but his second love interest is Gwen Stacey.  Maguire and Holland’s Spider-men both have a romance with MJ, but Garfield’s movies took a different route and brought Gwen Stacey in to be the love interest for Peter Parker.  Gwen Stacey, played by Emma Stone, is my favorite and most Spider-Man fans’ favorite because she is Peter’s equal in every way possible: she is smart, fearless, and the only love interest who preferred Peter over Spider-Man.

The newest and youngest actor to play Peter Parker is Tom Holland.  Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man is the most accurate age-wise, which helps in depicting the young hero compared to all the other experienced heroes he works alongside on the Avengers team.  Holland’s Spider-Man, up until the debut of both Garfield and Maguire in Spider-Man: No Way Home, was the only one to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although being a part of the MCU does not necessarily matter in the debate of who is superior, it does show how capable Holland’s Peter Parker actually is.

The three men are all perfect for the role of Spider-Man and Peter Parker in their own ways, but in my opinion, Andrew Garfield has the most compelling qualities. It is not unknown to the public that the writers of Garfield’s movies did not do his character justice, but that did not affect Garfield’s acting and ability to portray the “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.” I am not alone in my opinion of Garfield’s Spider-Man, but according to the opinions of GHS students, Tom Holland won the debate and is the most accurate live-action depiction Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Holland’s Spider-Man won by barely two percent, but his Peter Parker won by over 50 percent of the votes.