We don’t all have a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but we can watch one on screens big and small.
Peter Parker isn’t even the only Spider-Man out there! Here are the actors who have slung some webs and gotten under J. Jonah Jameson’s skin. Pour one out for Uncle Ben and get to the list!
For many, Maguire was the first actor they saw as Spider-Man. He was the star of the first significant film series dedicated to the web-slinger. The star of Sam Raimi’s trilogy, Maguire and company really put the character on the map from a superhero movie perspective, well before the Marvel Cinematic Universe took off. Then he danced in “Spider-Man 3.” Let’s forget about that.
2 Andrew Garfield
After the relative lack of success for “Spider-Man 3,” the Raimi series came to a close. Not too long after that, though, Sony decided to reboot the franchise. Maguire was a little too old, so they decided to bring in Garfield (who was also admittedly probably a bit old to be playing a high school student). Maybe it was a little early for a reboot, though, because Garfield only got to star in two films, and they’ve been mostly forgotten.
3 Tom Holland
Another run at Spider-Man? This time it made sense, though, because Marvel and Disney got the rights to put the character into the Marvel Universe, even though he remains a Sony character.
Holland, unlike Garfield, could pass as a high school student, and also this time they skipped the whole origin story, which was really appreciated. Holland is en route to becoming the most successful Spider-Man yet. Thank the MCU for that.
4 Nicholas Hammond
Before those three cinematic Peter Parkers, there was Hammond. The actor starred in the live-action ‘70s show “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which unlike the old “Batman” or “Wonder Woman” show has not maintained an audience.
He also starred in three movies, though they were only released theatrically in Europe. In classic Quentin Tarantino style, Hammond was given a part in “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood” playing Sam Wanamaker.
5 Shinji Todo
Spider-Man was big in Japan. He had his own TV series, though instead of Peter Parker he was Takuya Yamashiro. Also, he had a giant robot. The TV show lasted for 41 episodes, and then they made a movie, both of which starred Todo in the lead role.
6. Jake Johnson
The hook of the animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is that the various Spider-Folks from different dimensions all come together in one place. This includes Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, and a few Spider-Men. One of those is played by Johnson, who is probably best known for playing Nick Miller on “New Girl.” He plays a Spider-Man who has seen better days.