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Into the Spiderverse: Every SpiderMan Movie Franchise

Updated: May 15

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The other day my friend was having trouble with separating one Spider-Man Movie Franchise from the other. It took some time, but I finally managed to untangle them for him. As an unofficial Marvel Evangelist, I'd like to educate others regarding this as well.

Spiderman Movie Franchise: 1. Played by Tobey Maguire/ Directed by Sam Riami (2002-2007)

This was the first time Spider-Man was introduced to the audience. The film focused on the origins of Spider-Man in detail. It was new and entertaining. Tobey Maguire did justice to the role and the special effects were really good.

Tobey Maguire as Spiderman

The sequels that followed got better in every way. The Black suit look in the third sequel along with the great background score was really great.

Here's how a recent Reddit poll showed how people felt about Spiderman casting choices:

On one hand, Tobey Maguire was my youth. On the other hand, Tom Holland is truly killing it. - u/Veela_42

2. Played by Andrew Garfield/ Directed by Marc Webb (2012-2014)

After his role as the co-founder of Facebook on "The Social Network," Andrew Garfield donned those scared red tights to become "The Amazing Spider-Man". After seeing Tobey Maguire all those years, Andrew Garfield was a welcome change. This taller version of the wall-crawler was also well-received by the audience. The effects were pretty good too.

Andrew Garfield  as Spiderman

The sequel, unfortunately, flopped, which gets my goat to date. The soundtrack and background score were as electrifying as the villain, the effects were simply fantastic. It even had the green Goblin make an appearance.

3. Played by Tom Holland/ Directed by Jon Watts (2017)

This is the one that most people watched because it was to be a part of the great MCU! According to me, this movie basically just coasted on RDJ's flawless Tony Stark/Iron Man and everything that's attached to it.

Tom Holland  as Spiderman

But Michael Keaton gave a solid performance in this with his "I'll kill you dead!" He was the Vulture who scavenged tech from all the previous Marvel movies making them into arms and ammo.

As a stand-alone Spider-Man Movie, I think "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is the best hands down. With the MCU surfing Tom Holland starrer coming in a distant second.

4. Played by Jake Johnson, Nicholas Cage, John Mulaney, Shameeik Moore, Chris Pine, Hailee Steinfeld/ Directed by Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti

Jake Johnson played one of the most likable and goofy versions of Spiderman. The animation, color schemes, and plot all played to Jake's strengths. It brought out his humorous and affable nature. Shameeik Moore played a really good coming-of-age Spiderman who was the focal point of the film.

Shameik Moore as Miles Morales

Chris Pine played an effortlessly smooth version of Spiderman as well along with brief appearances by Nick Cage and John Mulaney.

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