Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe Now Hold the Record For Having the Longest Careers as Live-Action Marvel Actors

All thanks to Spider-Man: No Way Home. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home is breaking records left and right, and it’s not just at the box office. No Way Home stars Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe have officially set a new joint Guinness World Record for having the longest career as live-action Marvel characters. 

The two first appeared as Peter Parker and Norman Osborn, respectively, way back in Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man. Exactly 20 years later, the two actors reprised their roles from the first Spider-Man trilogy, making Spider-Man and Green Goblin the longest-running live-action Marvel characters in history. 

The title was originally held by the X-Men duo Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, who played Wolverine and Professor X from X-Men in 2000 to Logan in 2017. 


In case you haven’t seen the countless screaming reaction videos by now, fans categorically lost their minds when all three incarnations of Peter Parker—Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire—appeared together in No Way Home. Not to mention all the villains from the last seven Spider-Man films. The multiverse might be messing with our heads, but we’re eternally grateful for this epic Endgame-level moment. 


To make things even better, Maguire and Dafoe aren’t the only Spider-Man alum to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sam Raimi, who directed Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Spider-Man 3 (2007), is marking his superhero cinema return with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Raimi will be directing the film, which is set to be released on May 6. 

It’s a Spider-Man reunion for the OG cast and crew, all of whom haven’t even been involved with a Marvel film since 2007. 

Of course, the X-Men could give Maguire and Dafoe a run for their money if ever the multiverse (and the bosses at Disney) offer Jackman and Stewart cameos in the rumored reboot of X-Men. Or better yet, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans could make a grand return in the many, many Marvel movies down the line. 

It just goes to show that the story never ends in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially now that the multiverse will allow even the impossible to happen. 

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