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Side-by-Side: Who’s the Best Spider-Man?

by Kyle Harper and Bailey Weber

Photo via Geekosity Magazine.

You’re Required to Watch Tobey Maguire
by Kyle Harper

When it comes to deciding who the “best” Spider-Man is, sometimes it’s best to bet on the original. In this case, the OG live-action Spider-Man title belongs to the one and only, Tobey Maguire.

There are several reasons why Maguire is the best Spider-Man.

For starters, Maguire captures Peter Parker better than Andrew Garfield. Peter Parker is supposed to be a nerd, and not just in that he’s intelligent. Parker is supposed to be socially awkward, and it’s hard to bully someone when they look as handsome as Garfield. Maguire fits this role perfectly. His dialogue is awkward in the beginning, and he progresses out of it as he grows into his powers. SpiderMan2

Second, Maguire is the most memeable Spider-Man. Whether he’s saying classic lines like “pizza time” or “I’m gonna put some dirt in your eye,” screaming, or doing that one dance from “Spider-Man 3” (you know the one), Maguire’s antics make the movie more entertaining and memorable for fans. 

Without Maguire’s Spider-Man interpretation, there would not be any other Spider-Men or other superhero movies. When the first “Spider-Man” movie was released back in 2002, the “superhero genre” didn’t exist. The only other superhero movie they had to go off was “X-Men,” and that movie was mediocre at best. If “Spider-Man” wouldn’t have pulled fans in, we might not have an MCU today.

I’m not saying Maguire is the perfect Spider-Man, but he made the role entertaining enough that fans wanted to see more of the web-slinger. Garfield might not have had a superhero role if it wasn’t for Maguire’s initial work.

 In short, without Maguire we wouldn’t be where we are today in the superhero franchise, and Garfield’s best Spider-Man movie pales in comparison to Maguire’s worst.

Nostalgia is Lame: Why Andrew Garfield is the Superior Spider-Man
by Bailey Weber

When I was growing up, my parents didn’t show older movies. They weren’t the type of people to rewatch a film unless they really enjoyed it. I never saw the original “Spider-Man” until this past winter break. That’s why Andrew Garfield is my favorite Spider-Man.

However, that is not the entire reason why I love Garfield’s films. His Peter Parker felt more authentic. He wasn’t chronically awkward like Tobey Maguire’s rendition. He loved photography and science and knew he was good at those things. He created the web-shooters on his suit, along with the webs inside them. It is amazing how far his interests got him in life. 

Garfield’s Spider-Man suits were also so much cooler. The royal blue on the sides of the suit stood out at all times. The sunlight would bounce off of the bright colors. It was vivid enough to show up in street lights during dark scenes. It was perfect in every way.

I also loved the dynamic between Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone, and Garfield’s Spider-Man. The way they fell into each other’s lives felt true to life, and his intense love and concern for her made me want to root for them. 

Garfield was also a lot funnier throughout his movies. He would tease the criminals he caught and make funny jokes while facing his enemies. His humor would make some of the scary or intense scenes a little more light-hearted. 

He’s also super cute, which helps.

All jokes aside, Andrew Garfield’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” is what got me interested in superhero culture. It was the first time I was really introduced to something like that, and I look back fondly on these films because of it. 

I will leave you with wise words from Garfield’s Spider-Man: “You should see the other guy. The other guy, in this instance, being a giant mutant lizard.”

1 Comment on Side-by-Side: Who’s the Best Spider-Man?

  1. Bailey and Kyle make the best side-by-side arguments. Is it wrong to vote for Tom Holland?


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