Which Actor Played the Best Live Action Spider-Man?
One of the most exciting debates surrounding Spider-Man is who has been the best live-action web-slinger. This answer is subjective and takes into consideration a lot of points that need to be covered.
Only the Spider-Men from the live-action movies will be on this discussion. This eliminates the 70s show and the Tokusatsu show from Japan. Cartoon adaptions are a discussion of their own and will be covered another day.
Tobey Maguire – Sam Raimi Trilogy
Most of us grew up with Maguire’s as our Spider-Man. Nostalgia will play a huge factor in him and his performance. Tobey Mcguire and Sam Raimi understood the character of Peter Parker perfectly. Peter struggles to balance his secret and everyday lives, and the movies portray that perfectly, especially in Spider-Man 2.
Spider-Man 2 is the best movie we’ve seen that features the character. Additionally, its prequel is one of the best origin story movies of the superhero genre. Spider-Man 3 has seen a significant turnaround in the eyes of fans, but it remains the weakest movie of Raimi’s trilogy.
Raimi’s trilogy’s focal point was the relationship between MJ and Peter, and Dunst and Maguire had a great natural chemistry and were one of the highlights of the trilogy. Although, the film had some questionable moments between both characters.
The Raimi trilogy, except Venom, had great written enemies for Maguire’s Spider-man. Alfred Molina as Doc Ock and Willem Dafoe as The Green Goblin are tied as the best live-action portrayals of Spider-Man foes.
One last point is the suit. The suit of Raimi’s trilogy is iconic and beloved by the fans. The fun campaigned hard for Insomniac to add the iconic case to the game for several months. Months later, the studio ended up adding the suit in an update for the game.
Andrew Garfield- Amazing Spider-Man
Garfield suffers significantly for being part of two underwhelming movies, especially the second one. Garfield’s Peter Parker was too fantastic, but he was spot on as Spider-Man and all the jokes he made.
Like Raimi’s trilogy, Peter’s love life was a focal point, but this time with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Both actors were dating at the time, which helped big time to their chemistry for the roles of Peter and Gwen.
On the villain’s department, Garfield’s Spider-Man suffers A LOT. Non of them are that interesting, and ASM 2, in particular, has too many and is very underwritten.
The Amazing Spider-Man movies had a few great moments. When Peter helped that young kid that was bullied was one of the best representations of Spidey and showed the potential Garfield’s Spider-man had.
The first suit of Garfield’s Spider-Man was an exciting and modern spin to the suit, but it’s not well-liked by most fans. The second suit, however, is the closest we’ve seen to the comics in real life.
Tom Holland – Marvel Cinematic Universe
Holland’s had the advantage of his Spider-Man being part of the MCU. Tom Holland has done a great job in the role these last couple of years.
Holland and Zendaya chemistry as MJ and Peter has been pretty good in the movies they’ve been together. Their best movie together was Away from home.
One of the significant issues with Holland’s Spider-Man is the relationship with Tony Stark. It has been a double-edged sword for the character. It feels that the MCU is trying to replace the connection of Uncle Ben with Tony Stark. Holland’s Spider-Man feels too much like IronMan Jr., and that’s not good.
On the villain’s department, Holland has had two great villains so far. The best one has to be Michael Keaton’s Vulture and how he is connected to Peter Parker.
Suits-wise, The MCU has done a fantastic job here. All of Holland’s suits are awesome but are too CGI. I love personally that Holland’s claims have the eyes moving thing the other movies missed out on.