The year is 2007. You’ve just walked out of your local cinema after watching the final instalment of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and you can’t imagine a better cinematic portrayal of your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man. Tobey Maguire is great, his catalogue of villains is superb, and there’s nothing more you could possibly want in a Spidey movie.
Fast forward to 2020, and there is no longer one universally agreed BEST Spider-Man. Since Maguire left the spotlight, both Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland have taken up the role, and now everyone has their own opinion as to who is the best version of Marvel’s greatest teen hero.
Spider-Man has fallen in love with Gwen Stacy, met Iron Man and Captain America, fought Thanos, NEARLY had a Sinister Six movie, and been snapped out of existence since 2007, all without Tobey Maguire in the starring role. Spider-Man has seen some changes, but after it all, those three humble films at the start of the century are, for many fans, still the character’s best. But how can this be possible? How is it that the Raimi Trilogy can beat out the powerhouse that is Disney’s MCU for being the best collection of Spider-Man films?