The 6 Most Amazing Versions of Spider-Man We Love

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Stan Lee’s superhero Spider-Man stands as one of the most popular and enduring literary creations in the last half-century, and he has appeared across a wide variety of media since the first issue hit comic book stands in 1962. Here’s a look at six of the most popular iterations of the arachnid superhero.

1. Tobey Maguire’s movie hero

With all the attention on The Avengers franchise recently, it’s easy to forget that the first big budget, live-action Marvel movies were in fact Samm Raimi’s Spider-Man films, starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker. This version of the franchise produced three films, the first in 2002, the second in 2004, and the third in 2007. Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 received positive reviews from critics for both Maguire’s take on the hero and Raimi’s directing, while Spider-Man 3 had mixed reviews.

The franchise made a star of Maguire, who was able to convincingly portray Peter Parker’s journey from nerdy high school kid to confident superhero. The franchise was also aided by strong performances from a supporting cast featuring Willem Defoe as the Green Goblin, Kirsten Dunst as love interest Mary Jane, and James Franco as Parker’s friend Harry Osborn.

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