Spider-Man: Far From Home is in cinemas now, and it sees Tom Holland back as Spidey, but is he the best actor ever to play the role? Tough question, but we think he is. Here are five reasons why.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to come out in cinemas, and it’s Tom Holland’s second standalone Spider-Man movie.
However, I started to wonder whether he has he managed to cement his position as the greatest on-screen Spidey of all time over the years he’s played the role?
He has fierce opposition with the likes of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, but with performance as the wall-crawler in films such as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and most recently, Spider-Man: Far From Home, could he now be considered better than the rest?
My vote is yes, and I’ve come up with five reasons why he’s the best actor ever to play the role that Stan Lee created way back when.
5. Tom Holland is the right age
OK, so technically, Tom Holland isn’t the right age. He’s actually 23 years old. But, he’s certainly closer to the character’s actual age than either Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield were when they played the role.
They both looked too old to be playing a school kid, yet Holland looks just right. He’s certainly a very young looking 23-year-old.
When Tobey Maguire was cast as Spider-Man, he was 26-years-old, and he was meant to be playing a guy in high school. Even though Tobey looks young, he didn’t look that young. As for Andrew, he was 28, and again, was meant to be in high school. It just felt off, and he was way too cool for school as Peter Parker.
4. Tom Holland’s Queens accent is perfect
One of the things that Tom Holland has spent a lot of time trying to perfect in preparation for the Spider-Man role is the Queens accent. I don’t mean The Queen as in the Queen of England. I mean Queens as in the borough of New York City.
Interestingly enough, he was the only actor to do this. Neither Maguire nor Garfield attempted to do a Queens accent, and to be honest, I’m not sure why. I’m sure both of them could have done it. It just goes to show the level of detail Holland has put into his version of the wall-crawler.
3. Tom Holland is more physical in the role
Tom Holland’s physicality in the role is another reason why he’s a better Spider-Man than Tobey and Andrew. Don’t get me wrong, the other two had obviously spent time in the gym before playing the role, but they’re not quite as agile, a nimble and as bouncy as Tom is.
Tom’s able to do his own flips and tricks, whereas the other two would have left that sort of thing to the stuntmen, and there’s a lot less of it in their films. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is constantly jumping and flipping around because he can do it himself.
It’s just another thing that gives his Spider-Man the edge over the other two.
2. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Peter Parker are more balanced
When it comes to the previous versions of Spider-Man on-screen, Tobey and Andrew both had strong and weak points. Tobey’s Spider-Man was a bit too much of a geek, almost a victim at times. However, he did nail the character’s morality. Whereas Andrew’s Spider-Man was perfect, and his Peter Parker was pretty cool, but I would almost say he was too cool.
Parker’s meant to be a huge nerd, which Tobey’s was. Andrew’s, on the other hand, was almost a high school jock.
What Tom has managed to do with his version of the character is perfectly blend the best bits of Tobey and Andrew’s versions of the character.
1. Tom Holland is in better films
This one is arguably the most important point. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has been in much better films. This becomes immediately obvious when you start to list all the Marvel films he’s been in.
He started off with a brief, yet effective cameo in Captain America: Civil War. He was next seen in his first standalone Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Homecoming. He was then in both Avengers movies, Infinity War and Endgame, and has rounded all that off with Far From Home.
That is a pretty incredible list of films to be in especially when you compare it to what Tobey and Andrew’s Spider-Men turned up in. Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 were great, but Spider-Man 3 was abysmal.
Then you had The Amazing Spider-Man, which was fine, but they really blew it with the sequel, The Amazin Spider-Man 2.
So, what these five points clearly prove is that overall Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man ever seen on the big screen. Now, you might not agree with me, and I do understand why there’s a lot of love for Tobey and Andrew’s take on the character. If so, I’d love to hear why in the comments below.
Meanwhile, why not have a read of our articles on the 5 actors who could play Catwoman in The Batman, the 5 actors who could play The Penguin in the movie, and the 5 movies you should watch if you still think Robert Pattinson won’t be a good Batman.
You can also have a read of our reviews of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Aladdin, Detective Pikachu, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Avengers: Endgame, Hellboy and Glass.
In the meantime, why not catch up on your Spider-Man knowledge by watching the previous films in the franchise, which you can purchase here! It’ll be worth your while, I promise.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is in UK cinemas now.
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