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Proof Tobey Maguire Was Creepy as Peter Parker in ‘Spider-Man’

I’ve never liked the casting of Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films. Not only does he come off as ultra geeky, but there’s not a shred of “hip” or “cool” out of his performance. Instead, I found him creepy, especially during that bizarre diatribe in the hospital when Peter Parker explains what he told Spider-Man he thinks of Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). While the films are a great deal of fun (especially the first two), and probably the main catalyst behind this golden age of superhero movies, it’s found itself already a bit dated. So, it’s sort of fun to look back and question the decisions that were once right, and are now so clearly wrong.

In this fan-edit, what was once a cute coming-of-age drama has been spun into a horror film where Parker is the stalker that he always appeared to be. Aunt May is onto him…


35 Comments
  • CalUni

    That was fun! I personally like Toby in the role and think he had a much more unique connection to the character than Garfield. Is Parker as a character supposed to be ‘hip’ and ‘cool’? I don’t think so. It’s a time capsule in superhero cinema and although dated, still not above a revisit.

  • Vesuvian Villain

    Good question.. let’s see.. uhhh.. performances by Tobey Maguire that didn’t suck absolute shit.. ummm..

    Okay, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Cameo as a creepy blonde hitchhiker guy. Great because it’s Tobey Maguire being terrorized by Duke and his attorney. Out-acted by: Johnny Depp & Benecio Del Toro

    Uhhh.. cameo in Tropic Thunder as a gay altar boy. Great because they contrast the awards of Kirk Lazarus and Tobey Maguire, where Lazarus has all the respected accolades and Maguire is “Winner of Best Kiss on MTV Movie Awards”. Out-acted by: Robert Downey Jr.

    Oh shit, you said lead role.. uhhhhh..
    Ummm… fuck…
    Okay.. Brothers? Plays a soldier who was presumed dead and comes home to find out his brother has been taking care of his wife and kids. Great because of the novelty of seeing Tobey Maguire play a creep with PTSD. Outacted by: Jake Gyllenhaal

    So those are the three times I saw him in anything that didn’t make me want to punch my own face. But in all three cases, he’s just kind of an afterthought. In Brothers, he does something outside of the norm for him but you spend most of the movie thinking, “They should have switched roles, Gyllenhaal is much more intense and believable as a PTSD war vet. Tobey looks like he would wash right the fuck out of boot camp, or at the very least be treated to tri-weekly blanket parties..”

    So yeah, Tobey Maguire is shit at pretty much everything except one. He’s great at being Tobey Maguire.

    • Matthew Hutchinson

      Best lead roles: Pleasantville and Ride with the Devil. I thought his turn as Spider-Man kicked ass until Andrew Garfield crushed it.

      • Alex

        I’m not a fan of Andrew Garfield’s take as Spiderman at all.the new one looks like it’s gonna suck too

    • Creepshow

      Sweet Jesus! You know an awful lot about Peter Pecker. Nobody named Tobey can be taken seriously. Ever.

      • Vesuvian Villain

        Totally agree. Believe it or not, my knowledge of him comes from despising him. Know thy enemy. I try to be informed on the things I think suck in case people try to tell me they don’t suck. It’s a vicious cycle.

    • Alex

      He was great in pleasantville

  • I only know one thing, the Sam Raimi’s Spider Man needs a last sequel.

  • Matthew Hutchinson

    Sam wanted to do one more, to make up for part 3, but the studio canceled part 4, and booted both he and Tobey.

    • Redsam6

      That’s not right, Raimi dropped out because they couldn’t get a script he was happy with. He basically told the studio that he won’t make another bad Spiderman film so do a sequel without him or re-boot which he knew they were going to do after the 4th anyway.

      • Matthew Hutchinson

        Ah. I stand corrected. My apologies. Thank you for clarifying.

        • Redsam6

          It’s a shame, I heard rumours of Morbius the vampire as the villain.

  • I don’t know but I would like.

  • Sykes

    “Not only does he come off as ultra geeky” No way! No freakin’ way!

    Are you really saying that Maguire played geeky high school student Peter Parker as a…geek? *Gasp*

    • Modok

      Yeah, that my main problem with Andrew Garfield. He wasn’t a nerd or geek. He wasn’t short, scrawny or weird-looking. He was just a guy who…liked photography, I guess?

      It’s like he was “nerdy Peter Parker” only because the script said so, because it seems unlikely he’d actually be that much of an outcast.

      • zombie84_41

        IDK I liked Andrew alot. This new kid for spiderman though IDK I still don’t like him maybe he change my mind when the movie comes out.

        • Ethan Willhite

          Tobey is the best spiderman

          • zombie84_41

            he wasn’t bad either

    • Justin McGill

      errr.. so the geek was too geeky? LOL.. wow.. someone if full of themselves today.. but I enjoyed the trailer. nothing wrong with a good laugh.

  • Redsam6

    They were but after the studio interfering with the third film basically destroying it he refused to do the fourth unless they agreed on a high quality script which he felt never happened.

  • Jenn Green

    I liked him as spider man…

  • astronauta69

    lol, i love those movies, he is still the best Spiderman

    • rabid_god

      Yes, even if the 3rd film was crap. Wasn’t his fault.

  • zombie84_41

    I would paid to see this as a horror movie like this. It reminds me of like a norman bates kind of deal LOL.

  • SpaceManSpliffz .

    The Wizard, SFW, Fear and Loathing, Pleasantville, Ride w/the Devil, Cider House Rules, Spider Man, Brothers, Great Gatsby to name a few

  • Dr. Carrion Crow

    Oh look, Brad’s being hyperbolic for comedic effect and failing at it.
    Just give up the ghost, old boy.

  • Justin McGill

    actually.. no.. they got to the script and EVEN casting stage of 4.. before Sony kept their monkey )*%)*ing.. The 4th film would have cast Malkovich as The Vulture.. but after the terrible experience with Sony and their interference on 3.. and just them trying again on 4.. Raimi just walked, so they rebooted it.

  • Justin McGill

    Wonder Boys.. The Ice Storm, The Cider House Rules and Pleasantville off the top of my head.. and he wasn’t bad in “Seabiscuit”.. just not my kinda flick.

  • Spider-Man 2 was a terrific film, and Dr. Octopus was one of the greatest villains ever. And I have no problem with Tobey Maguire; nothing wrong geeky boys becoming superheroes.

  • Aj

    Wow that was a great mashup! I showed my young niece who doesn’t know Tobey as Spider-Man and she believed it was a scary movie lol

  • SpiderTerror =/

  • Morse

    not so amazed that i see that annoying idiot Whitney Moore next to this dumb post…
    anyways, Peter Parker is suppose to be like that, ultra geeky and borderline stalker; i accept the criticism because of the third movie, since peter should have evolved as a character like he did in the comics, the character development was great in the first two and only took a slump in the third.
    i think you’re trying to be funny, but you’re getting zero laughs… so yeah, fail

  • Chloe

    Tobey’s still better than these new ‘spidies’ anyway
    if he is the wrong choise for this role, tell me who is not then

    • Ethan Willhite

      I like tobey, better then the other spiderman’s, tobey is a much more realistic spiderman

  • Ethan Willhite

    Tobey Maguire is the best realistic spiderman. He acts nerdy and awesome just like how spiderman is ment to be. Andrew garfield was trying to be a cool guy. The new spiderman actor looks like the new spiderman movie is gonna be horrible.

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