We truly are living in the Golden Age of comic book movies. While one could say superheroes have been around on the big screen since the 1990s and even earlier, the current successful era didn’t really start until around 2003 when Daredevil, X2, Hulk and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen all released to record numbers within the same year. Since then we’ve seen dozens of comic book adaptations and multiple versions of the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, the X-Men, Batman, and even Spider-Man come to life.
This week’s Captain America: Civil War, in particular, introduced the third iteration of web-slinger Peter Parker (Tom Holland), as a younger yet already established version of Spider-Man. The character in the movie is stuck in the middle of Iron Man and Captain America’s fight for and against regulation, but ends up allying himself with new friend Tony Stark. Still it’s not hard to remember that just two years ago a very different Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield was the talk of the town, but they were both preceded by Tobey Maguire.
Back in 2002, the little-known actor was cast as Spider-Man, simply based on his audition and work in The Cider House Rules. Director Sam Raimi was convinced Maguire was the right one for the part, so he was cast and trained by a physical trainer, a yoga instructor, a martial arts expert, and a climbing expert to embody the role for three separate films. Maguire has praised Garfield for his performance as the character in the past, and now he has voiced his thoughts on Holland as the newest Spider-Man recruit.
An Instagram video, reblogged by Maguire, shows the first Peter Parker watching the trailer for Civil War trailer in surprise before pulling out and admiring his own Spider-Man costume from under the bed. Maguire has taken the parody all in stride, remarking humorously, “Haha seriously, who made this?” before tagging Holland to tell him: “Good job! You are great as Spider-Man. Keep it up!” It seems Holland has wholeheartedly been accepted into the actors-who-have-been-Spider-Man team.
Indeed, many reviews of Civil War have praised the actor and the character of Spider-Man as being the best part of Marvel’s latest movie. And with a follow-up from Marvel and Sony, titled Spider-Man: Homecoming, releasing next year, it won’t be long until fans can see the new Spider-Man featured in his own full-length movie — alongside Stark and possibly other members of the Avengers, of course.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017;Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.