Andrew Garfield’s Performance in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Reminds us He was Never a “Bad” Spider-Man

After his brilliant cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home, there has been a boom in Andrew Garfield admiration from fans on social media. 

All of which is refreshing considering in previous conversations surrounding Garfield’s relationship to the Spider-Man character, fan appreciation wasn’t always the case. 

Namely, after Tom Holland’s full debut as Peter Parker in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, fan comparisons inevitably ensued now that audiences had witnessed three similar yet distinct live-action, on-screen creations of the same beloved character: 

Peter Parker as portrayed by Toby McGuire in the early ‘00s, Garfield in 2012, and finally Holland in 2017. 

For a long time, the general fan consensus almost always ranked Garfield’s depiction of Parker last, treating his Spider-Man as the “middle child” of the three adaptations. 

Most likely because Garfield wasn’t the “first” Spider-Man who evokes many fans’ childhood nostalgia, he never fought elevated, other-worldly villains as his predecessor and successor have, and his Spider-Man isn’t a part of a major franchise like the MCU.