Spider-Verse Theory: Peter Parker Is Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man

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Fresh out of a panel at this year's New York Comic Con, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has dropped a brand new trailer for fans to enjoy - and it features some intriguing references to the trilogy of Spider-Man movies directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire.

The new animated motion picture comes from a producing team spearheaded by The LEGO Movie and would-be Solo: A Star Wars Story directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The three - yes, three - directors chosen to take the lead on Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman) definitely have their hands full when it comes to the complex, multiverse-spanning story they've set on trying to tell. The plot finds six different versions of Spider-Man (that we know of) coming together to prevent the destruction of Miles Morales' (Shameik Moore) world, with Miles himself getting trained on how to be the best Spider-Man he can possibly be - thanks to the appearance of another world's Peter Parker (Jake Johnson).

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The Peter Parker in Miles Morales' universe has died, but a rift in time and space brings another version of the "original" Spider-Man through to Morales' world, and from what we've seen in the trailer, its an older, unkempt, down-on-his-luck Spider-Man. A short intro to this version of Parker in the latest trailer offers a brief greatest-hits montage of his finest moments as a hero... and some of them are oddly familiar.

Spider-Verse Peter Parker Experienced Events From Raimi's Movies

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Whilst the latest trailer for Into the Spider-Verse goes on to show us the plethora of other Spider-people to be featured in the movie, it leads with an intro to the Spider-Man everyone is most familiar with - Peter Parker. Fans will remember that one of the most iconic moments in Raimi's trilogy occured in Spider-Man 2, when Spidey's fight with Doctor Octopus left a runaway Manhattan train full of passengers ready to go straight through the end of the line and into the Atlantic ocean below. Spider-Man saves the day by jumping putting his back to the front of the train, and webbing it to a nail-biting eventual stop.

With Peter Parker's self-intro in the most recent trailer showing us a series of clips of his exploits, we get a look at the same scene. There are minor differences, like the fact that Spidey is shown wearing his mask (Tobey Maguire wasn't), and the destination listed on the train is different - but otherwise it's virtually identical.

The scene is followed by a brief shot of the famous upside-down Spider-kiss with Mary Jane from the first Spider-Man, and a shot of him sitting at a table in a restaurant with her as a car comes flying through a window (again echoing Spider-Man 2, and more of Doc Ock's handiwork). The use of easily-recognizable clips from Tobey Maguire's trilogy is purposeful, cementing in audiences' minds that this is the Spider-Man we've known for years.

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This Spider-Man Could Be An Older Maguire

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The Jake Johnson-voiced Spider-Man we're introduced to in Into the Spider-Verse is depicted as a man easily in his 30's, more grizzled and slobbish than ever, shovelling into his mouth while he lectures Miles about the intricacies of multiple universes. The filmmakers are portraying this Peter Parker as a Spider-Man who's older, wiser, and comfortable in his own skin.

Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man was always shown to be a bit more neurotic, uptight and put-upon. However, we don't know what could have happened after the credits rolled for Spider-Man 3 back in 2007. If that universe's timeline has kept up with our own, then Maguire's Peter Parker would now be more than a decade older and could easily have become the relaxed, wisecracking Spidey we're shown in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018
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