13. Better Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire vs. Andrew Garfield)
The score is tied, and it comes down to this: that hangdog sweetheart Tobey Maguire versus "Social Network" dynamo Andrew Garfield. The Peter Parker that you prefer will likely reveal which version of "Spider-Man" you can get more on-board with, and while Maguire served as an emblematic superhero with natural charisma, Garfield earns our top grade. In the role, Garfield makes Peter Parker strikingly human, from his stammering nerd-speak in Dr. Connors' laboratory to his fluttering affection for Gwen Stacy to his quiet, understandable resentment of his father's death. Garfield's Spidey is more wild and reckless than Maguire's, making wise-ass jokes as he takes down bad guys but staying mindful of the people he cares about. In other words, he's actually acting like a teenager! Maguire is a perfect superhero, but a little too perfect for Spider-Man, a character that's as conflicted about his place in society as the rest of us typically are. With a vulnerable take on a classic hero, Garfield stuck the landing. Winner: "The Amazing Spider-Man"