Tom Holland might be our current Spider-Man, but others crawled on walls so he could run on them. (Or something like that). Without the success of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker before him, it’s unlikely he’d have ever had the chance to wear the mask. And Holland recently acknowledged just how much his forerunners in web-slinging mattered to him. Holland spoke of his predecessors in a recent interview promoting No Way Home with Jake’s Takes (via Collider). When asked what he liked best about the previous two arachnid heroes, here’s what Holland had to say about Maguire and Garfield’s renditions of Spider-Man. Holland even shared his favorite scenes Spidey scenes that don’t star, well, him.
Holland said of Maguire’s Spidey “I love the final battle between him and the Goblin. I think something that I really wish we had done with our movies is kind of the tattered suit stuff. You know how he always has the rips in his costumes and the rips on the mask? I really like that because it brought a kind of realism to the injuries that Spider-Man can get.”
He’s not wrong. As much as we love MCU Spidey, even at his worst, he never looks that severely injured. The closest we got was in the climax of Endgame. But even that didn’t look like he was put through the wringer. Not in the way that Tobey Maguire was in his series. Somehow, that Stark suit is basically invulnerable.
And even though Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker was way too suave and traditionally good-looking, there were some great things about his version. And Tom Holland acknowledges this. He said “I love the skateboarding sequence actually. I know that’s kind of far from what Peter Parker is, and it was kind of a bit of a step away, but I really enjoyed that sequence. I thought the way they brought that aspect of Peter Parker’s life was really interesting and really fun.” And even though Holland didn’t mention this, we’ll throw in our two cents here. Garfield’s Spidey was easily the best at throwing quips.
Who knows. Maybe one day we’ll see all three Peter Parkers together on screen. Holland, Maguire, and Garfield, all together. Wouldn’t that be something? Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters on December 17.