Spider-Man: Breaking down what each actor did best

Tom Holland in SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME /
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Spider-Man, Tom Holland, Zendaya
Tom Holland and Zendaya in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME. /

Balancing two lives

We talked about which actor was a better Peter Parker, but which one epitomized the attempt of balancing both of the lives he lives? Peter can rarely keep the two even. When he does, it’s only a matter of time before something major happens to disrupt it. Let’s look at Spider-Man right before the Marvel Comics’ Civil War. Peter was working with Tony Stark, Spider-Man was an Avenger, and he lived in a high-rise tower with his wife and aunt. Then, things went downhill. Tony talked Peter into revealing his identity to the world, his aunt almost died, and Mephisto took his marriage away. Whenever something good happens, expect the opposite to happen with profound force.

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has been this in a nutshell. Peter gets an invite to help Tony Stark and he has to fight Captain America (Captain America: Civil War).  He finds a girl he likes and she’s the daughter of a supervillain (Spider-Man: Homecoming). And in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter comes to terms with his mentor being dead, becomes his own hero, him and M.J. get together, and then Mysterio tells the world that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. Oh, and makes him look like a murderer to boot.

Sure, bad things happened to the other two portrayals of Spidey, but not like this. Tom Holland can make Peter’s life look terrific and then awful within seconds of each other. His facial expressions whenever something bad happens are classic. It’s been said before, but it’s like he was born to play this role. He knows exactly how to look and act during the happy, inspirational, and terrible moments, being a Spider-Man for all seasons that captures Peter’s struggles to perfection.