The Real Reason 3 Actors Have Played Spider-Man In 10 years

The Real Reason 3 Actors Have Played Spider-Man In 10 years

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There are a number of factors that have gone into the never-ending carousel of Spider-Man actors, and Tom Holland shouldn't get too comfortable in his red spandex. To find out why that is, take a look at the real reason we've had three actors play Spider-Man in 10 years.

Superhero movies dominate the current Hollywood landscape, but that hasn't always been the case. Though some may point to 2000's X-Men, or even 1998's Blade as the start of modern comic book movie mayhem, the superhero boom owes a lot to 2002's Spider-Man. Its box office take towered over the other Marvel movies, taking in $821 million worldwide. That's a number that would be impressive even for a film released today, nearly two decades later, it's more than Deadpool 2 made in 2018.

In the days before The Dark Knight and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man was the biggest thing going in superhero movies. Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, the 2000s trilogy of Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3 kept the genre thriving while it was still in its relative infancy, with a combined total of nearly $2.5 billion at the box office. The movies arguably defined Maguire's career, and the second film is still considered one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. And yet, despite the trilogy's enormous success and undeniable impact on the film industry, the franchise was rebooted just five years after Spider-Man 3.

If you're just looking at the numbers, Spider-Man 3 was a monumental success. It was 2007's highest-grossing film domestically, and it made more money at the box office than either of its predecessors. In fact, its $890 million worldwide total remained the best box office performance of any Spider-Man movie until it was finally topped in 2019 by Spider-Man: Far from Home. So why, after making a ton of money, did Spider-Man 3 sound the death knell for Maguire and Raimi's iteration of the character? Well, to put it simply, the movie had some problems.

Generally speaking, you'll have to look long and hard to find a hardcore fan of Spider-Man 3. Critics were not kind to the film, and many fans didn't like it either. The plot was overstuffed with three villains: the Sandman, Harry Osborn's New Goblin, and Topher Grace as Eddie Brock, who only becomes Venom in the final third of the movie. There was also a love triangle with the addition of Gwen Stacy, a retcon of Uncle Ben's death, and Peter Parker's own inner battle after he's infected with the venom symbiote, which manifest as a series of infamous dance numbers. In the ensuing years since the film's release, even the people behind Spider-Man 3 have joined fans and critics in dragging the movie, with director Sam Raimi saying the film was "awful" in a 2015 interview. Keep watching the video to see the real reason 3 actors have played Spider-Man in 10 years.


Launching the blockbuster era | 0:15
The failure of Spider-Man 3 | 1:20
Spider-Man 4 no more | 2:35
Enter: Andrew Garfield | 3:37
Getting off on the wrong foot | 4:34
Worst. Spidey. Ever. | 5:40
The elephant in the room | 6:50
Spider-Man 3.0 | 8:39
Good choice | 9:32
Spidey 4? | 10:33

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