If we learnt anything from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it's that there are many people (and animals) who've claimed the Spider-Man mantle as their own. It's the very definition of heroism, whereby the name becomes a symbol that can be carried and continued by anyone. After all, you won't find Peter Parker filing a copyright infringement suit against the likes of Miles Morales, Ben Reilly, or Miguel O'Hara, as he realizes the Multiverse features different versions of himself and the Web-Crawler. Hey, we certainly aren't complaining about the amount of Spideys swinging around. The more, the merrier, if you ask us.
Similarly, the Spider-Man role doesn't belong to one single actor. While the internet will argue about who's the best live-action Web-Head, it's a debate that'll only intensify in the decades to come when inevitably Tom Holland is replaced by someone new. Even now, there are numerous actors who've portrayed Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man across different mediums and you're forgetting about them. Some of the names you may recall when you see them, while others will genuinely surprise you. In the spirit of Into the Spider-Verse, let's celebrate and remember a host of thespians who've lent their talents to Spider-Man.
15 REEVE CARNEY
After the success of 2002's Spider-Man film, old Spidey received a resurgence in the 21st century. The merchandise flew off the shelves, video games sold like hotcakes, and there was even a Broadway production titled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, with music from U2's Bono and The Edge.
The actor chosen to portray Peter Parker/Spidey for the 2011 debut was Reeve Carney. You might recognize him as the ex-boyfriend in Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" music video. Apart from his acting work, Carney is also a successful musician who won several Independent Music Awards.
14 DRAKE BELL
Of course, we all remember Drake Bell from his stint in Drake & Josh, as well as the subsequent fallout between him and co-star Josh Peck. Unlike many child stars, Bell hasn't disappeared into obscurity and continues to secure work in Tinseltown, doing everything from TV to video games.
One of his biggest gigs was voicing Spidey in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. Not only did the show last for five years, but it also allowed him the opportunity to appear in crossover series such as Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. If that wasn't enough, he also voiced the character in several video games.
13 SAM RIEGEL
It's not unusual to see voice actors swap and change roles. Just look at Troy Baker as an example: he's played both Batman and Joker in different mediums. In the case of Sam Riegel, he turned in his shell as Donatello in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series to portray Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man video games.
Whereas the video game tie-ins for Sam Raimi's movies featured the voice of Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield wasn't present for these adaptations. The two games received largely mixed reviews – much like the Marc Webb films – but you couldn't fault Riegel's performance as Spidey, as he put in decent shifts.
12 RINO ROMANO
Rino Romano is a voice that many daytime TV lovers will recognize immediately as the narrator of the courtroom reality TV show Hot Bench. Lest we forget, he was also the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the highly underrated The Batman, which truly deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Batman: The Animated Series.
Romano's venture into superhero TV started years earlier, though, with one of his more memorable performances coming as the Web-Head in 1999's Spider-Man Unlimited. Unfortunately, the series replaced the acclaimed Spider-Man: The Animated Series and not many fans were too happy about it. It's a shame, because it tried to do something different – even if it didn't always succeed.
11 SEAN MARQUETTE
Before everyone was losing their minds over this year's Spider-Man video game, Ultimate Spider-Man debuted for all major consoles in 2005. It was a marvelous time, as the game embraced its arty roots and felt like you were swinging through the pages of an actual comic book.
Providing the voice for Peter Parker in this Ultimate Universe was Sean Marquette. You'll likely recognize Marquette as Johnny Atkins on The Goldbergs, as well as the voice of Mac and others in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. After such a rousing performance as the Web-Crawler in this video game, you'd think he would've established himself as the character for years to come – but it wasn't meant to be.
10 ALISTAIR ABELL
In 2005 EA released a video game titled Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects, which pitted Marvel's mightiest heroes against a new team of baddies called the Imperfects. It was a strange move, considering that Marvel has an abundance of well-known and beloved rogues, so there was no need for this new villainous team.
As expected, the critics crushed the title and fans weren't too enamored with it either. To no one's surprise, it didn't receive a sequel. For voice actor Alistair Abell, it was an opportunity for him to flex his pipes as Spider-Man. Years later, he provided his talents to another Marvel character as he voiced Fandral in the animated Thor: Tales of Asgard movie.
9 JAMES ARNOLD TAYLOR
James Arnold Taylor is an MVP of the voice acting world. He is widely known as Ratchet in Ratchet & Clank, Tidus in Final Fantasy, and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars as well as several video games. With such a pedigree, it's a no-brainer that he would've ventured into the superhero world as well.
Taylor's first encounter with Spider-Man was voicing the titular character in the 2006 video game Spider-Man: Battle for New York. He returned as the Web-Crawler for 2013's LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. As an interesting side note, he also voiced Harry Osborn in 2008's The Spectacular Spider-Man.
8 DAN GILVEZAN
For a previous generation, Dan Gilvezan was a voice that illuminated afternoons and early Saturday mornings around the television. Not only was he the man behind Bumblebee in the original Transformers series, but he also made Peter Parker come to life in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
As everyone knows, the show became a huge hit and a cornerstone of the Spidey legend. There was something so genuine and earnest about the young hero teaming up with his friends to put the brakes on crime. Gilvezan himself deserves credit for giving a unique voice to the character that's remained in most viewers' minds decades later.
7 NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
While Neil Patrick Harris is known for his work in comedic film and television, he seems to be a really big comic book fan. He voiced Barry Allen/Flash in Justice League: The New Frontier, Dick Grayson/Nightwing in Batman: Under the Red Hood, and he also took his shot at Peter Parker in the short-lived Spider-Man: The New Animated Series and the video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
Of course, the game is widely remembered for featuring an incredible cast, all of whom voiced the Web-Head at some point in the animated world. Additionally, it didn't hurt that it boasted outstanding gameplay, a compelling storyline, and awe-inspiring visuals.
6 NICHOLAS HAMMOND
Before Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland, Nicholas Hammond was the live-action Spider-Man. From 1977 to 1979, he played the Marvel hero in the TV series The Amazing Spider-Man. Interestingly enough, the scenes in which Spidey is doing stunts or appearing without dialogue were mostly performed by Hammond's stunt double.
Despite it being a success for its time, the character's co-creator Stan Lee disliked the show. In an unearthed interview, he said, "With [The Amazing Spider-Man], I felt the people who did the live-action series left out the very elements that made the comic book popular." Lee did find time to praise the show's visual effects, which were impressive for the time.
5 ROBBIE DAYMOND
Christopher Daniel Barnes is remembered as the voice of Spider-Man in the '90s, after appearing as the character in the heralded Spider-Man: The Animated Series. As it stands, Robbie Daymond might achieve the same in this era as he continues to impress in Marvel's Spider-Man.
While the animated series has taken some liberties and changed canon when it pleases, it still shines as a fantastic new addition to the Spider-Man lore. Daymond has also managed to stamp his mark on the show and bring something different than his predecessors to the role. Time will tell if he receives the same sort of goodwill and praise as them, though.
4 MIKE VAUGHN
You know, there have been a lot of Spider-Man video games over the years. Even if you look at previous generations of consoles, we've had an abundance of good and not-so-good games. Fortunately, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows leans towards the former, as it proved a fun time despite its unexceptional storyline.
Stepping up to the recording booth as Spidey was Mike Vaughn. He's done a fair amount of video game work, but has also appeared in Scream: The TV Series as The Voice and J. Edgar. While Vaughn hasn't voiced the Web-Crawler again, he did provide some additional voices in the latest Spider-Man video game.
3 TED SCHWARTZ
Debuting at the same time as Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, 1981's Spider-Man is often forgotten by fans of the superhero. Unfairly so because it established itself as a spectacular – no pun intended – interpretation of Peter Parker as he juggled his normal life with his masked activities.
The late Ted Schwartz was the person responsible for voicing the Web-Slinger in the series. He was no rookie as Schwartz lent his skills to other popular animated series of the time, including The Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo. Sadly, he only worked on Spider-Man for 26 episodes as the series was canned a year after its release.
2 BENJAMIN DISKIN
Benjamin Diskin's history with the Spider-Man franchise could fill an entire novel. He has portrayed Eddie Brock/Venom in The Spectacular Spider-Man, Spider-Man in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, and Spider-Ham, Skaar, and Morbius in Ultimate Spider-Man. Again, he got another shot at the web-slinging superhero in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled.
The latter was a 22-minute feature that also showcased the talents of the likes of Troy Baker, Eric Bauza, Roger Craig Smith, and Laura Bailey. Since then, Diskin has shown no signs of slowing down as he appears in more productions than we can count. Seriously, does this man ever find time to sleep or catch up on TV series?
1 QUINTON FLYNN
Video game fans let out an enthusiastic shrill when the news broke that Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was coming in 2019. Any gamer knows that the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance series is one of the best ways to lose more than half your life as you explore the Marvel Universe.
In the original game, Quinton Flynn pulled a double duty as he voiced both Spider-Man and Arcade. Flynn did a formidable job as both characters, but he was replaced by Benjamin Diskin in the game's sequel. He hasn't abandoned the Spider-Man Universe, though, as he's continued to voice other characters in different media.