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Who Played It Better: Comic Book Movie Edition

The Amazing Spider-Man, the inexplicable remake of a 10-year-old movie (don’t get us started on this) is out today, prompting another edition of one of our favorite parlor games: Who Played It Better? The rampant rebooting and reimagining of comic book-based superhero movies makes them particularly susceptible to the whims of recasting so we’ve picked eight of our favorite comic book characters that have been played by multiple actors on film (to keep it simple, we’re sticking with feature films), and have made carefully considered judgment calls on who did them best. Check out our picks after the jump, and air your grievances in the comments.

ROLE: Spider-Man
WHO PLAYED IT: Toby Maguire (Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3); Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man)
WHO PLAYED IT BETTER: It’s not Garfield’s fault that The Amazing Spider-Man is such weak sauce, a thoroughly unnecessary retread of a slightly altered origin story (ugh, are we tired of origin stories) — he’s actually pretty good in it, and his chemistry with Emma Stone is off the charts. He is, however, stuck with far too much flying dialogue of the “Yipeee!” and “Wahooo!” school, pushing too hard to put across a boyish enthusiasm that was second nature to likable Maguire.

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