Mandatory Movie Battles: Tom Holland's 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' vs. Tobey Maguire's 3rd Spidey Flick (Including His Awful Dance Scene)

Mandatory Movie Battles: Tom Holland’s ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ vs. Tobey Maguire’s 3rd Spidey Flick (Including His Awful Dance Scene)

Spider-Man: No Way Home concludes Marvel Studios and Sony’s Homecoming trilogy. In 2007, Sony concluded Sam Raimi’s trilogy starring Tobey Maguire with Spider-Man 3. It was panned by audiences and critics alike for its mismanagement of characters, plot lines, and an awful dance scene, which, to be fair, isn’t as awful as the memes would make it seem (but more on that later). Like Spider-Man 3, No Way Home has a lot of characters revolving around Tom Holland’s webslinger. 

As a follow-up to Far From Home, the film sees Peter Parker seek Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help make the world forget he’s Spider-Man. Inevitably, their spell goes awry and characters from Sony’s past are brought into the MCU, including (but not limited to) Spider-Man 2’s Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Electro (Jamie Foxx). So, does No Way Home fail where Spider-Man 3 failed? Or, does it embrace “with great power comes great responsibility?” Our latest Mandatory Movie Battle features multiple Spider-Man (s) as we waste our time pitting No Way Home against Spider-Man 3. Major spoiler warnings! 

Photo: Marvel Studios/Sony

Everything Spider-Man 3 does wrong, No Way Home does right, and then some. It’s more than just a movie, it’s an ode to Spider-Man, superhero cinema, and is one hell of a nostalgia trip. Yes, it’s also fan service but it’s fan service done right (as can be seen by its outrageous box office numbers). The decision to make the live-action Spider-Verse a reality may have been a monetary one. However, there’s something undeniably special about watching No Way Home in theaters and basking in the cheers/applause of audience members. This movie battle wasn’t even fair and we should be admonished for writing it. 

Overall Winner: No Way Home

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