Why Spider-Man Andrew Garfield Is Better Than Toby Maguire

Posted on July 8th, 2012 at 1:19 pm


Excuse the headline -- it's probably a little harsher than I mean it to be.

But, I've seen many of these super hero movies -- Captain America, Thor, The Avengers, The Dark Knight and now The Amazing Spider-Man. And, it's easy for the script-writers, directors and actors to come up with a lot of cheese.

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Spider-Man has all the action you want to see in a comic book movie and it's one of Hollywood's best 3D movies to date. I was fortunate enough to be on set for some of the 3D filming in downtown Los Angeles. The meticulous attention to detail by the stereographers clearly paid off in making the three-dimensional scenes subtle but effective. Warning: If you are afraid of heights -- there are a few scenes that might make you queasy. It's especially breathtaking to watch on the 85-foot-wide by 32-foot-high screen at the historic Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.

What surprised me and my three friends was the story. We loved it.

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have amazing chemistry onscreen --I can see how they became a couple in real life. Andrew has succeeded in bringing out a real sense of family with amazing veterans Martin Sheen and Sally Field.

Andrew's Peter Parker is different from Toby Maguire's in that Andrew isn't just a geek -- he's also sexy. And, the role is modernized by having Peter be a victim of bullying -- we all can identify with that -- and, it was Andrew's idea to have Peter ride a skateboard, thus giving him a cool factor. And, the girls and gay guys in my group thought he looked pretty good in the Spider-Man latex suit!

And now you know why it's the number one movie in the US bringing in $140 million and $341.2 million worldwide.

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  • 14 Responses

    1. Peter Parker WAS a geek. He wasn’t the skateboarding hawtie that you soooo want him to be. So no, Tobey Maguire was a far better Spider Man because it stayed true to the real essence behind the character. I like how a character is somehow “better” because they’re hot and less geeky to you. Cause, you know, this is how we promote anti-bullying… by making sure our geeks are all hot…

      • lol says:

        maguire is a way better actor as spidermannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

      • Sarnius. says:

        This is the AMAZING Spiderman which is a completely different set of comics. In the ASM comics as well as Spectacular Spiderman comics, Peter was exactly like that what you described(He was also like that in Spectacular Spiderman and Ultimate Spiderman).
        In fact Andrew Garfield looks exactly like the amazing Spiderman Peter Parker;  http://cdn.screenrant.com/wp-content/uploads/peter-parkers-movie-comic-book-versions.jpg as well as http://blog.newsok.com/nerdage/files/2009/06/spider-6.jpg

        Andrew Garfield is the perfect Peter Parker.

    2. Guest says:

      It is interesting to me how some bloggers write a title like this and then give nothing substantial to back up what makes Garfield performance better than Maguire’s.  The truth is Garfield’s performance is different NOT better.  He is a capable actor for sure but so is Maguire. 

    3. me says:

      Andrew is way better that Toby as Spiderman. Never a huge fan of this superhero but what got me in the recent spiderman flick was the portrayal of Garfield specifically in scenes that requires depth in acting that i never saw in Toby’s.

    4. They cant back it up yet, that will be too spoilerly (since the movie is still in cinema’s) and releasing (notable) screencaps right now? not a good idea. Hollywood can sue you. The best way to debate this is when the movie run is over.

      I watch 3 spiderman movies in cable before watching the recent one. And as I can say. The recent one, effect wise, acting wise, and story wise is more true to the comics. 

    5. aaron says:

      of course Tobey McGuire is going to be better then any other spider man 

    6. Adamantine4 says:

      Chan Hock Kin could act even better than Andrew Garfield

    7. darkknightlove says:


    8. hahahahahaha says:

      if he were taller i`d take maguire over anyone

    9. Peter Parker was ALWAYS cute , as well as being a geek…  The first 3 films are great but this one has far more depth and character… largely thanks to the acting of the lead:  Andrew Garfield.

    10. rosiepowell2000 says:

      ZZZZZZ! Both actors did a great job in giving their own spins on the Peter Parker/Spider-Man character. This comparison is ridiculous.

    11. namey says:

      Tobey was a way better but everyone hate spiderman 3 but it’s not bad. First you need to see the upcoming amazing spiderman 2 and if it will be 3 and the judge. But for spiderman 3 tobey is great actor so he wasn’t guilti the writers were. But I don’t see why spiderman 3 is soooo bad to me it’s a great movie so far

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