While we are nowadays on the topic of actors who love their characters despite not playing them anymore (read: Henry Cavill), actor Tobey Maguire’s name seems to be on the list as well. Putting on the suit and letting his Spidey senses tingle for the very first time in 2002, his portrayal of the web-slinging superhero brought wit, physicality, and charm to the character.
Now, after almost two decades of putting his web-slinging days behind him, except reprising his role in a cameo for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Tobey Maguire has revealed something which probably has fans going all heart-eyes for the actor. Turns out, he has taken a couple of souvenirs from the sets of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
Tobey Maguire Kept Something from the Sets for Himself
Tobey Maguire recently returned to the screens with his new film, Babylon, which was released on 23 December. As a promotion for the new movie, Maguire took to Reddit to answer some questions from his fans on the subreddit, r/movies. While there were quite a few interesting questions on the list, one question stood out.
A user asked Maguire if he had kept “Anything cool” from the sets of the Spider-Man trilogy, to which Maguire replied in an affirmative. Just like Robert Downey Jr., another beloved superhero, claimed the Avengers Towers’ “A” from the sets, Maguire too took something back home which was rightfully his. Replying to the user, the Spider-Man actor stated that he had taken two Spidey suits from the sets of the trilogy and he still uses them to this day. However, the suits which once helped Peter Parker rid the world of evil supervillains are now helping Maguire have a good night’s sleep.
“I have a red Spidey suit and a black Spidey suit AKA my PJs.”
Apparently, the Spidey suits are quite an interesting topic of discussion as another Spider-Man actor, Andrew Garfield, stated that the three Spider-Men in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: No Way Home bonded over their suits.
“There was a brotherhood that got created between Tobey, Tom, and myself. And that’s healing.We were like, ‘Oh, my God, you find it hard to pee in the suit? I find it hard to pee in the suit!’”
Garfield also added that Holland was envious of his suit as the former could easily get his hands out thanks to zippers, whereas Holland had to hilariously use his nose to access his phone’s touch screen. Looks like the Spidey suits have more to them than hiding the identity of the friendly neighborhood superheroes!
Fans Love Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man
Maguire’s Spider-Man was the quintessential hero. Strong, smart, and courageous yet still vulnerable to his emotions, making fans fall head over heels for his portrayal. With the advent of the Avengers and the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one would think that Spidey is no longer the poster boy for Marvel. But that is certainly not the case.
Up until the 1990s and the early 2000s, the Avengers and other superheroes were quite unheard of. The massive success of the first and second Spider-Man movies in 2002 and 2004 by Sam Raimi made Spider-Man a household name. From merchandise to billboards to pop culture, Spider-Man was everywhere. Every little kid wanted to don the red and blue costume and act to shoot web from their wrists, all thanks to Maguire’s perfect portrayal.
Spider-Man is an eternal legacy as future generations will see different actors play the nerdy little kid who was bit by a radioactive spider, trying to save the world. It’s safe to say that the craze for the web-slinging superhero started with Maguire.