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For those who saw the cinematic spectacle that is Captain America: Civil War, chances are you saw how Tom Holland’s portrayal of the friendly neighborhood web slinger. His portrayal was perhaps the finest one yet (in comparison to Tobey Maguire’s nerdy underdog and Andrew Garfield’s snarky portrayal), quickly becoming a fan favorite.

Faithfulness To The Comics

Holland’s portrayal was as faithful to the comics as Deadpool’s (though on a lesser extent, much or otherwise). As Spider-Man, Tom Holland wasted no time in becoming a geeky, charming, humorous and witty teenager with a "heart" in the film — all of which deemed typical characteristics in the comics.

In addition, as per usual Spiderman, Holland carries an identity problem. Like both previous incarnations of the character, Holland has all but concealed his superhero identity from his aunt, in fear that she would be greatly concerned for him, which in turn would worry him.

Furthermore, this version’s suit was even more faithful than Maguire and Garfield’s to the comics as it was heavily influenced by Steve Ditko’s (the original artist for Spider-Man) design.

No Exposition

Civil War did not include any exposition of sorts in the film. In fact, when the youth tried to inform Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) how he acquired his powers, the latter cut him off.

The lack of exposition in the film did not hinder the film’s narrative or pace in any way. Instead, relying on the viewer(s) to correctly hypothesize the character’s origin due to the five films made beforehand concerning the character.

High School Setting

When the character was announced to be joining the MCU by Marvel Studios, they were quick to establish that the character would be a 15-year-old kid in high school. Introducing the character as a kid still in high school was the best way to go about it as it provides a plethora of time for the character to develop.

Both Maguire and Garfield’s Peter Parker started in high school (though both were on the verge of graduation), which further reinforces the need for the web slinger to be introduced as so. Keeping Holland’s Peter Parker in high school for a few more movies before graduating would also help make the character relatable for teenage viewers.

How Does Tom Holland Compare To Maguire And Garfield?

Trumping Tobey Maguire's and Andrew Garfield's performance as the famous web-slinging wall crawler is indeed quite a task to achieve. However, Holland's version of the character did just that.

He was not only goofy, humorous and witty, he also sported a higher-pitched voice (befitting the character) as well as the inability to keep quiet during a battle, thereby further bolstering his incarnation as the more believable and superior of the three.


Tom Holland’s gleeful, witty, fanboy-like turn as the wall crawler is, in this writer’s opinion, the best so far.

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