Is Tom Holland the Best Spider-Man?

Whether you’re a fan of the comics or you’ve watched the live-action films since the early 2000s, there’s no doubt Spider-Man remains a fan favorite superhero. Tom Holland has reprised his role as Peter Parker and Spider-Man once again in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Marvel Cinematic Universe fans can’t wait to see how the film pans out. If it’s anything like the latest Avengers film or Holland’s first Spider-Man flick, we’re sure to see plenty of action, suspense, and infamous quips from the actor as he takes on the role once again.

Holland has attained quite a fan base since being the superhero — but is he the best yet? We can’t forget that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield made pretty convincing Spider-Mans as well. Here’s what fans think.

Tom Holland has officially played the role of Spider-Man more than any other actor

Tom Holland (L) and American director Jon Watts
Tom Holland (L) and American director Jon Watts | VCG/VCG via Getty Images

It may seem like Tom Holland just arrived on the MCU scene to take on the role of Spider-Man, but he’s actually played the part more than any other actor thus far. With appearances in Captain America, Avengers, and of course, his own Spider-Man films, we’ve gotten to know Holland’s version of being both the superhero and the nerdy high school Peter Parker quite well. And it’s clear Holland absolutely loves that he’s been able to take on the role a record-breaking number of times at such a young age.

Comicbook.com reports Holland said it’s “been a real privilege” and “so much fun” to play the character so many times. “It’s an amazing experience as an actor and such a privileged experience as an actor to get to play a character that you love so much, time and time again,” he added. “I definitely have the mindset of do you want to make 20 of these movies, then I’m down, because it’s really fun.”

Is he the best Spider-Man yet? Fans and critics debate

Tom Holland and Zendaya
Tom Holland and Zendaya | Bobby Bank/GC Images

Holland’s Spider-Man films have been met with positive reviews, and fans seem to think he embodies the hero quite well. Is he the best one yet? It seems many think he’s perfectly fitting for the role in ways Garfield and Maguire were not. Geek Crusade notes Holland has the perfect Spider-Man physique, as he’s not as buff as Maguire was and still more physically fit-looking than Garfield. The publication notes Holland’s quips — which are a staple for the superhero — are also exactly what fans want. While Garfield had great jokes, he was an angstier version of the hero that fans didn’t necessarily want or expect. Holland seemed to nail the quips and still maintain a high school mentality that fans really connected with.

NPR notes movie critic Bob Mondello has also mentioned that Holland may be the best Spider-Man yet. As Mondello stated of Holland, “He and his best buddy, who’s played by Jacob Batalon are funny, awkward and real – John Hughes teenagers more or less.” The critic also adds that Holland’s version of Peter Parker makes the films fun again. “But what makes this homecoming fun is Holland, who seems as excited about Spider-Man as his classmates even though he is Spider-Man,” he added.

Holland plays the hero well, but is he the best Peter Parker?

Tobey Maguire (R) and Kirsten Dunst
Tobey Maguire (R) and Kirsten Dunst | Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

From physique to quips, Holland may be the perfect Spider-Man, but is he the best actor to play Peter Parker? We can’t forget that Parker is known for being a certified genius and high school nerd. Holland plays the part well, and Fandom notes many think he depicts the nerdy demeanor better than Garfield. But Maguire may give Holland a run for his money when it comes to being the best Peter Parker.

The writer on Fandom notes Maguire’s take on Parker is “down to earth and refreshingly similar to the struggles Peter faces in the source material.” Geek Crusade also adds, “Holland has the underdog look down pat but his Parker now lives in a world where geeks rule the Earth, so he isn’t that much of an outcast compared to his predecessors.” Holland’s eager attitude to join the Avengers crew while also hoping to maintain his high school friendships feels very real, however, so there’s no doubt he’s doing Peter Parker justice.

It seems overall, when it comes to being both Spider-Man and Peter Parker, Holland really is the whole package. Comicbook.com notes fans took to Twitter to cast their votes, too. All three actors got votes, so clearly it’s a close race that MCU fans might be divided on forever.

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