Amazing Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) Saves Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire)

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 5th, 2012 at 2:52 pm,

Spider-Men Assemble! It’s hard to believe, but there was once a time when the name Spider-Man didn’t bring to mind blockbuster movies or a notorious Broadway musical. America’s favorite wall-crawler turns fifty this August (just after the release of Sony’s franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man), but save for a short-lived TV show in the late 70s, live action Spidey is a relatively new concept.

Fast forward to 2002 and Spidey finally joined the ranks of Superman and Batman, headlining a movie of his own directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire. The wild success of the film spawned two sequels in 2004 and 2007 and, for better or for worse, led to the aforementioned musical, Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark.

But all was not well in fanboyland. They were shocked when Sony ditched its plans for a fourth Raimi outing and opted to start over in 2012. Many, like myself, felt it was too soon. The body of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man was still warm and casting had already begun to find the next young man to don the red and blue spandex. And now here we are, a week away from a brand new, big screen, web-slinging, CGI-fest and, face it… we’re Spidey-spoiled. As it turns out, there are plenty of reasons to excited for The Amazing Spider-Man. Oh, to be a ten-year-old fanboy in the new millennium.

The Amazing Spider Man Saves Spider Man Amazing Spider Man (Andrew Garfield) Saves Spider Man (Tobey Maguire)

I don’t know about you, but the fanMAN in me requires closure in situations like this. Unlike the filmic exorcism that Christopher Nolan had to perform to revive the Batman franchise, I still had fond memories of Spider-Man movies. So I did the only thing that made sense to me. I combined the epic bridge battle from Raimi’s first Spider-Man film against Willem Dafoe’s pitch-perfect Green Goblin with the bridge battle from the trailers for the new movie. In the process, the new Spider-Man saves his predecessor and embarks on his own adventures. The torch, or in this case, the web, is passed.

It’s all about closure. Saying goodbye to one radioactive spider bite victim and welcoming a new one to the fold. And I’m willing to bet that by the time I’m a fanGranfather, I’ll have seen many more incarnations of my favorite Marvel superhero.

Want to see more mash-up footage from The Amazing Spider-Man? Check out our Ultimate 2012 Summer Movie Trailer.

Which Spider-Man is your favorite? Are you psyched for The Amazing Spider-man?


The Amazing Spider-Man will be in theaters on July 3, 2012.

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  1. damn, pretty impressive

  2. i didn`t understand anything you said. but i`m still going to see how this film turns out. if i give this film less than 4/5 stars i won`t bother to go see the next one.

  3. That was funny and great.

    Good mashup.

  4. Tobey Maguire is really Missed !
    Raimi as well for sure,and to think of that he was working already on a 4th script and Bruce Campbell in it…that really hurts !

    I give that new kid a chance,but in my heart i always wish for what would have been !


  5. That was cool!

  6. Lol “he doesnt seem so bad”

  7. Awesome video.

  8. As someone who managed to snag pre-release tickets for TASM, I can say without a doubt this is BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS a better Spiderman movie than the previous ones could ever be

  9. I want to know if spidey will make a apperance for the Avengers anytime

  10. I grew up with Tobey and loved him back then but after starting to really get immersed in the Spidey universe I started to hate Tobey. I realized how much of the character he ruined.

    Andrew are in my eyes the best version of both Peter Parker and Spiderman put on screen.

    I applaud The Amazing Spiderman like everyone in the audience did. It was simply Amazing.

  11. Even though they put Gwen Stacey (Peter’s actual first love) in the film instead of Mary Jane Watson, the new film- in my opinion- fell short of the Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man. Why wasn’t the wrestling match not included? The match that Peter entered to earn money (originally in the comics for Aunt May), comes across the robber that runs pass him and gets away, only to learn that same robber kills Uncle Ben. Hate Tobey as much as you want, but the first film made with him was more connected to the comic than this new one. If you REALLY know the comics and the characters, then you will realize there is NO super hero film that is completely accurate to the original comic storyline (stupid Hollywood), but as films go, the Tobey Maguire version is better that this one.

    • Because you are referring to the original comic books, then ASM is based off of a different Spider Man and Different origin story. Yeah I know it’s confusing but this Spider Story is based off of the Ultimate Comics version of Spider Man who exists in another universe than the original Spider Man, and therefore has a different, albeit extremely similar, origin story.

  12. How can you be a fan of spiderman and not hate Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire for destroying the character for 10 years?
    The only good things about the old movies we’re William Dafoe, Alfred Molina, James Franco and J.K. Simmons.
    The other 2 make me want to puke!

  13. How can you be a fan of spiderman and not hate Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire for destroying the character for 10 years? The only good things about the old movies we’re William Dafoe, Alfred Molina, James Franco and J.K. Simmons. The other 2 make me want to puke!

  14. It was indeed an amazing movie. Andrew Garfield nailed it out of the park( though I never had much doubts on him). Seems like the movie just falls short of being epic, n lizard seemed a bit cartoony, however it does surpass the raimi n maguire movies and I am pretty excited for TASM 2!

  15. Thanks, i never really thought of it that way , it makes me sad to see tobey leave and andrew step in, the trilogy truly came in contact with me, i was still a kid then, and i loved it 5 years straight and im bipolar when it comes to these things,im happy to see spidey back , i just wish they did a 4, i think in a year or two , andrew will give us that exhillarating feeling we got from the 2002 trilogy, i hope. Long live spider man, long live peter parker