The following article contains spoilers for SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME.
It feels like it was only yesterday that we were watching Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield swing around the big screen in their own respective SPIDER-MAN franchises, but the truth of the matter is that Tom Holland has already left an indelible mark on pop culture with his depiction of Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was three years ago that his version of the character made his debut in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and in addition to appearing in at least one movie every year since then, he now can be seen in his second solo adventure, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME.
Altogether, Tom Holland has played Spider-Man in five different blockbusters, each with their own bits of Spidey-related magic — and it’s in celebration of his newest movie, now in theatres, that we’ve ranked the five best moments of his tenure thus far.
5. Taking Down Giant Man in Captain America: Civil War
Spider-Man only had limited superhero experience before signing on to join Team Iron Man in the battle against the rebel-costumed vigilantes led by Captain America, but he arguably had the biggest idea of the whole affair. When Paul Rudd’s Giant Man started dominating the field by growing to be building sized, it was the wall-crawler that suggested the move to take him down, taking inspiration from “that really old movie” THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.
4. Keeping the Staten Island Ferry Together In Spider-Man: Homecoming
A huge part of the reason why people love Spider-Man is because he will stop at nothing to save lives, and we see that play out in spectacular fashion in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, when he uses his webs to try and solidify a heavily populated ferry that has been split in half and is falling apart. There is a degree to which it’s an example of an arsonist being hailed a hero after putting out a fire they started, as it was his carelessness that led to the boat getting damaged, but it’s still an awesome cinematic moment.
3. The Death of Spider-Man in Avengers: Infinity War
Spider-Man is truly one of the most beloved pop culture icons in history and has been inspiring fans for generations, which is why it was so insanely heart-wrenching to watch him turn to dust in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. His desire to live allowed him to hold on longer than most who were killed by Thanos’ devastating snap, leading him to cling to Tony Stark and beg for his life, but the effort was meaningless, and the result left audiences weeping heavily.
2. Peter Parker Lifts the Rubble in Spider-Man: Homecoming
While comic book movies typically change a lot when it comes to adapting their source material, some of the best scenes are lifted directly from the page. A perfect example is found in the climax of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, where Peter Parker is trapped in a pile of rubble and needs to escape not only to save his life, but also to stop the Vulture’s aerial heist plans. This is essentially a direct translation of a page from "The Amazing Spider-Man #33" and a powerful moment that is not just one of the best Spider-Man moments, but one of the best moments in the MCU, period.
1. Spider-Man’s True Identity Is Revealed in Spider-Man: Far From Home
Peter Parker has gone to some great lengths over the years to safeguard the fact that he is Spider-Man, with the hope of keeping himself safe in ordinary life and protecting the people that he loves. But that all very much goes to hell in the mid-credits sequence of the newly released SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. As though it’s not bad enough that Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio, has turned the wall-crawler into public enemy No. 1, framing him for the London drone bombing, but then he tells the world who Spidey really is. It’s an amazing cliffhanger that leaves things in a fascinating place where a third solo movie can pick things up.
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, which co-stars Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Angourie Rice, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders, is now playing at AMC theatres nationwide.