Spider-Man is one of the strongest Marvel heroes, but which Spider-Man is the strongest? We've seen three major actors play Spider-Man in the MCU with Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire. Thanks to Spider-Man: No Way Home, all three are officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But, the question remains: which Spider-Man is the strongest? To answer that question, we ranked all three of those Spider-Man movie characters from weakest to strongest. For this ranking, we're only focusing on the live-action Spider-Man characters from the Spider-Man movies. It's just too challenging to include the animated Spider-Man characters and compare them to their live-action counterparts, but don't worry! We'll be focusing on the animated Spider-Man characters soon.
Before we start the list, I also want to mention, honorably, Nicholas Hammond and Kōsuke Kayama, two actors who played Spider-Man on separate TV shows. They are not included on this list. Instead, we chose to focus on the movie Spider-Man characters.
Let's get the list started with the weakest Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker / Spider-Man.
3. Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man
Andrew Garfield starred as Peter Parker and Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While all of the Peter Parkers are similar in each of the eight live-action Spider-Man movies, they do have some pretty clear differences in how Garfield, Tom Holland, and Tobey Maguire approach and execute the role, especially when it comes to the physical strength of each character.
For Garfield, he's built a bit differently than the other two. He's a bit taller and longer, and it seems like Marc Webb and the team leaned into that when crafting Garfield's Spider-Man style. Garfield also has a background in gymnastics, according to British GQ, and that comes through on-screen in the way Garfield moves as Spider-Man. He's flexible and uses speed and smarts to defeat Lizard and Electro in both of the movies. He's not taking on those villains with brute force, and I think it works well and differentiates Garfield's take on the character from others.
Spider-Man, from the comics, is obviously a strong character, but he's also resourceful and plays to his advantage, like a spider. That idea is also apparent in how physically strong Garfield's Spider-Man is, and it's a nice juxtaposition to the brute strength of the villains in those movies. Garfield's Spider-Man is at a physical disadvantage, and he's forced to use his strength, acrobatics, and quickness to evade instant death and defeat his adversaries.
In The Amazing Spider-Man movies, Garfield's Spider-Man does flex and show off his strength a bit, but it's definitely not as iconic as Maguire's Spider-Man stopping the train or Holland's Spider-Man holding the ferry together.
Look, I feel bad because Garfield is a good Spider-Man. Yes, he was in some movies that weren't that great, but if you put him in Tobey Maguire's or Tom Holland's movies, Garfield would still crush that role. The point remains that Garfield's Spider-Man is the least physically strong, and I don't think it's all that debatable.
Continue reading to see who's the second-strongest Spider-Man.