Have you ever wondered why we’ve had 3 different actors playing Spiderman in the last 10 years? 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 suit.. To find out why that is, take a look at the real reason we've had three actors play Spider-Man in 10 years.
1. Launching the blockbuster era
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. 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. Yet, despite the trilogy’s impact on the film industry, the franchise was rebooted just five years after Spider-Man 3.
2. The failure of Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3 was a monumental success, looking at the numbers. but the movie had some problems that led to the sound of the death knell for Maguire and Raimi’s iteration of the character…Critics were not kind to the film, It was overstuffed with characters and many fans didn’t like it either.
3. Spider-Man 4 no more
In spite of Spider-Man 3’s issues, the plan from Sony was to continue the franchise with the current team intact. The film even had a scheduled release date of May 6, 2011. Alas, Raimi was unable to get the script to a place that satisfied him, and he told the studio that he no longer wanted to make it. That’s when Sony decided to restart the franchise from scratch.
4. Enter: Andrew Garfield
Sony had a contingency plan in place for a reboot. The reboot would take Peter Parker back to high school, and for this, the studio settled on Andrew Garfield. In spite of Garfield’s advanced age, director Marc Webb felt he was best for the role in The Amazing Spider-Man for a number of reasons, including his chemistry with co-star Emma Stone, who was playing Spidey’s doomed love interest, Gwen Stacy.
5. Getting off on the wrong foot
With the rebooted Amazing Spider-Man hitting theatres, many fans were sceptical about how well the film would be received. As it turns out, they should’ve been; the film underperformed on nearly every level.
6. Worst. Spidey. Ever.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 brought in Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx as the new villain Electro, the film also stuffed a new Green Goblin, along with a tattooed Paul Giamatti as the Rhino, with a terrible Russian accent. Perhaps the biggest mistake made by the film was the decision to kill Gwen Stacy. Combine all of that with some subpar performances, and it led to both the worst critical reception and the lowest box office take of any Spider-Man movie up to that point.
7. The elephant in the room
While the Spider-Man franchise was floundering, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was flourishing and was becoming too big for Sony to ignore. On the other side, Marvel was also desperate to bring Spider-Man into the fold. In February 2015, Disney and Sony reached a practically unheard-of deal to effectively share a franchise. Now, with both studios wanting what’s best for Spidey, it was time for a third Peter Parker to suit up.
8. Spider-Man 3.0
With Marvel Studios on board, it was decided that Spider-Man would debut not in his own reboot film, but rather as part of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. This time, the studio cast an actual teenager for the part: 19-year-old British actor Tom Holland…Fans and critics alike loved Holland’s personality in the role, while also finding it refreshing that he was actually, for the first time in Spidey history, close in age to the character.
9. Good choice
Two years after his pitch-perfect MCU intro in Civil War, Holland starred in his first solo film for Sony, Spider-Man: Homecoming and the movie proved to be a massive critical and financial success. Holland followed up that goodwill by appearing in the two largest Marvel movies to date, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame… Both movies have already become cultural touchstones. Furthermore, Spider-Man’s contributions to each film helped raise the character’s profile not only in the MCU, but to the movie-going public as well.
10. Spidey 4 ?
Despite the runaway success Holland has enjoyed as Spider-Man, there have been rumours that Sony is looking to regain full control over the franchise. After all, they have their own budding universe made up of other Spidey characters in which Spider-Man himself is not legally allowed to appear. Eventually, Sony’s going to want Spider-Man to appear in these films to boost their profile, and if Marvel isn’t willing to let Holland do so, then Sony may just go ahead with a fourth reboot.