Top Ten People Who Have Portrayed Spider-Man

Spider-Man has always been one of my favorite superheroes since I was a kid, and many have portrayed him in both live action and voice acting. These are simply the best ones.

The Top Ten

1 Tobey Maguire Tobey Maguire Tobias Vincent "Tobey" Maguire is an American actor and film producer who gained recognition for his film roles in Pleasantville, The Cider House Rules, Wonder Boys, Spider-Man, Seabiscuit, Spider-Man 2, The Good German, Spider-Man 3, Brothers, and The Great Gatsby. He was nominated for the Screen Actors more.

His performance is good, but he's so quiet and awkward in a lot of scenes, and his portrayal as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man isn't all that perfect. While he captures Peter Parker's nerdy and socially awkward personality, he never really grows out of it and just comes off as so wimpy and emotional. His portrayal as Spider-Man doesn't really have much character to it. He's a great fighter, but he's not really that interesting as Spider-Man. He's just such a boring portrayal of the character who's popularity rose through nostalgia, soap opera moments combined with loser moments, and goofy facial expressions. Also, his goofy facial expressions in emotional scenes kind of make the scenes unfitting. - Jeff35122

You wouldn't make a pretty face in his situation too if you were crying. - DarkKnight2005

What puts Tobey Maguire above Andrew Garfield was his understanding of who Peter Parker was (at his core). Sure, Andrew's Spidey was more quippy and had more jokes per scene, but Tobey added a deeper level of emotion and was more relatable for the average, unpopular, sensitive, empathetic young adult. Basically, he was more genuine. Garfield was cocky, confident in larger group settings, satisfied with his (supposed to be unsatisfying) existence, and had a bit of a "too cool for school" thing going on (especially at his high school grad ceremony). And all that while still identifying in public as Peter and not Spider-Man. As Spider-Man, that all totally works and is consistent with the character's personality in the comics. But that's not who Peter is. Tobey Maguire had that down.

Before you can have a truly compelling Spider-Man, you have to have an equally compelling Peter. Tobey was an excellent Peter. For that, I completely excuse his less-than-always quippy ...more - BKAllmighty

Tobey Macquire, the original, the talent, the dream, the great geek Peter Parker owned the City of New York. He will always be the greatest portrayer of Spider Man with the two best Spider Man movies under his name. - ParasN2000

Better Peter Parker performance? Check. Better Spider-Man performance then Andrew? Double check! He is a lot more accurate portrayal of the character then Andrew.

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2 Tom Holland Tom Holland Thomas Stanley "Tom" Holland is an English actor and dancer. Holland is known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, and for starring in the 2012 film The Impossible.

How did he portray Spider-Man

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This guy needs to be number one in my opinion. He balances out everything that made Spider-Man great, his humor and innocence make him easily more likable, relatable, and realistic. Tobey just seemed too old and was better as Peter than Spider-Man, even if he was absolutely amazing. Andrew just couldn't pull off Peter, despite perfecting Spider-Man. Tom mixes both excellently and does it better than both. PLEASE MAKE HIM NUMBER ONE.

He is actually very talented and deserves to be at the top 5. He knows how to portray peter parker and spiderman. he's not just only known for being spiderman, but he's also achieved so much. He has so much success along his way. What a gifted actor. - Yoshiandaglover

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3 Andrew Garfield Andrew Garfield Andrew Russell Garfield is a British-American actor. Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Epsom, Surrey, Garfield began his career on the UK stage and in television productions.

I think to say Andrew doesn't capture Spider-Man's more awkward moments is completely incorrect, Complete lack of paying attention, clearly they don't observe his awkward interactions with Gwen on a frequent basis, as well as his random awkward interactions with the people of New York and his awkward moments with Aunt May, It's especially prevalent in the second movie, Granted, He does show the more sassy and confident aspects, but he also displays more of what makes Peter Parker who he is, Genius level intellect and acceptance of his responsibility as Spider-Man, And I feel like this is something that is seriously lost on people who didn't pay attention.

Andrew Garfield is a way better Spider-Man than Tobey Maguire. He is both incredibly funny and smart, two elements that were hugely lacking in the older Spider-Man trilogy. Sure he had a few jokes, but not nearly as many as Spider-Man should. They said that he was smart, but we never really got to see much of it. He was a nerd, sure, but not a genius. Andrew Garfield perfectly captures all of the elements that made Spider-Man great. You really see thes mart side of him, and he is perfectly sassy the way a Spider-Man should act.

Andrew Garfield deserves number 1 and you all know it! Tobey Maguire and Holland are both emotionless husks of the character known as Spiderman, Andrew is by FAR the best actor, most natural and organic acting, closest resemblence to Parker and Spiderman AND the most emotional and heartfelt of the 3. People only say Maguire wins because he is the original and people say the original always wins, regardless of if they are good or bad, which is pretty stupid. As for Holland, I can't see what people see in him personally.

For people saying that he was too "cool" to be Peter... Actually no. He was socially awkward and geeky, not exactly nerdy, but not even close to popular. He was that one random, awkward shy guy at school.

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4 Josh Keaton

He is the definite voice for Spider-Man. The reason the top 3 are from movies is due to popularity and it's a shame this and some of the ones below get overlooked simply for being voice actors. Josh Keaton is to Spider-Man what Kevin Conroy is to Batman.

Everything about 'The Spectacular Spider-Man' was, genuinely, spectacular. That included the voice work of Josh Keaton. He deserves to be the highest ranking animated Spider-Man on the list. - BKAllmighty

Come on! He's way better than Andrew Garfield - 445956

5 Christopher Daniel Barnes Christopher Daniel Barnes

He had the best comedic timing and one-liners out of everyone

His voice is pitch perfect, he should be second place.

He should be at 2nd place.

6 Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, writer, producer, comedian, magician, and singer. He is known primarily for his comedy roles on television and his dramatic and musical stage roles.
7 Drake Bell Drake Bell Jared Drake Bell is an American actor, voice actor, and musician. Born in Newport Beach, California, he began his career as an actor in the early 1990s at the age of five with his first televised appearance on Home Improvement.

I've seen his PP and it ain't that good

Drake Bell is a fantastic Peter Parker as he is Spider-Man. He knows the exact tone to use when he is reminiscing about previous events of superhero-ing, when he is excited about other heroes teaming up with him, and a lot other elements. I'd say he's on the level as the actors Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, and his dedication to this role for more than three seasons of Ultimate Spider-Man is also very good to know, because it at least shows that he enjoys playing this character.

His voice is well suited for the role, but 'Ultimate Spider-Man', as a whole, is very much lacking in a lot of departments. - BKAllmighty

8 Rino Romano
9 Paul Soles
10 James Arnold Taylor

The Contenders

11 Yuri Lowenthall
12 Danny Seagren
13 Quinton Flynn
14 Dan Gilvezan
15 Nicholas Hammond
16 Robbie Daymond Robbie Daymond
17 Xander Corvus
18 Hirofumi Koga
19 Ted Schwartz
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