Across the course of multiple movies, the Spider-Man film series has developed one of the best cast lists in cinema. The casting for films such as Spider-Man (2002), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and Spider-Man: Far Homecoming (2017) is second to none and continues to expand with each new movie.

But who are the cast of the Spider-Man films? Who are the key cast and who are some of the background players that often get overlooked?

In this post I’m taking a look at the cast of the Spider-Man film series, highlighting both the core cast and some of the minor roles. I’m covering all of the Spidey movies that have received a theatrical release, including the TV-to-cinema movies of the 1970s and the MCU films that have guest-starred Spider-Man.

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Spider-Man (1977) / Spider-Man Strikes Back (1978) / Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge (1979)

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To begin, let’s take a look at the three Spider-Man films from the 1970s that originated as episodes of The Amazing Spider-Man televisionshow.

The main player here is Nicholas Hammond (Spider-Man) who appears in all three movies. Other actors of note in this series of movies include David White who played J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man ’77 and Ted Danson who cropped up in Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge (1979).

Here is a list of the core cast members of the 1970s Spider-Man movies:

  • Nicholas Hammond – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • David White – J. Jonah Jameson (Spider-Man ’77)
  • Robert F. Simon – J. Jonah Jameson (Spider-Man Strikes Back/Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge)
  • Hilly Hicks – Robbie Robertson
  • Michael Pataki – Captain Barbera
  • Jeff Donnell – Aunt May
  • Bob Hastings – Monahan
  • Robert Alda – Mr. White
  • Ted Danson – Major Collings

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Supaidāman (1978)

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Another 1970s Spider-Man TV show that was turned into a movie (of sorts) was Supaidāman. The movie ran the same length of an average episode (24 minutes), but the film did get a theatrical release in Japan.

Here is a list of the key cast members for Supaidāman:

  • Shinji Tōdō – Takuya Yamashiro/Spider-Man
  • Yukie Kagawa – Amazoness
  • Mitsuo Andō – Professor Monster

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Spider-Man (2002)

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OK, onto the films that audiences will be more familiar with, beginning with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man which opened in cinemas in 2002 and became a huge box office hit. The film starred Tobey Maguire in the lead role of Spider-Man, alongside Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane) and James Franco (Harry).

The majority of key cast members that are introduced in this film remain in place for two sequels. However, it is worth noting this movie includes appearances from Lucy Lawless, Octavia Spencer and Rob Perkins.

Here is the core cast list for Spider-Man (2002):

  • Tobey Maguire – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Kirsten Dunst – Mary Jane Watson
  • James Franco – Harry Osborn
  • Rosemary Harris – May Parker
  • Cliff Robertson – Ben Parker
  • J.K. Simmons – J. Jonah Jameson
  • Bill Nunn – Robbie Robertson
  • Ted Raimi – Hoffman
  • Willem Dafoe – Norman Osborn
  • Elizabeth Banks – Betty Brant
  • Michael Papajohn – Carjacker
  • Joe Manganiello – Flash Thompson
  • Rob Perkins – Mendell Stromm
  • Macho Man Randy Savage – Bone Saw McGraw
  • Macy Gray – Herself
  • Lucy Lawless – Punk rock girl
  • Octavia Spencer – Check-in girl
  • Bruce Campbell – Ring announcer
  • Stan Lee – Man in fair

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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As mentioned above, many of the key cast members remain in place for Spider-Man 2, including Willem Dafoe and Cliff Robertson. Some of the background players in this film includeEmily Deschanel, Hal Sparks and Joel McHale.

Here is the core cast list for Spider-Man 2 (2004):

  • Tobey Maguire – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Kirsten Dunst – Mary Jane Watson
  • James Franco – Harry Osborn
  • Rosemary Harris – May Parker
  • Cliff Robertson – Ben Parker
  • J.K. Simmons – J. Jonah Jameson
  • Bill Nunn – Robbie Robertson
  • Ted Raimi – Hoffman
  • Willem Dafoe – Norman Osborn
  • Elizabeth Banks – Betty Brant
  • Alfred Molina – Doctor Octopus
  • Donna Murphy – Rosalie Octavius
  • Daniel Gillies – John Jameson
  • Dylan Baker – Dr. Curt Connors
  • Daniel Dae Kim – Raymond
  • Hal Sparks – Elevator Passenger
  • Joel McHale – Mr. Jacks
  • Emily Deschanel – Receptionist
  • Bruce Campbell – Usher
  • Stan Lee – Man dodging debris

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Spider-Man 3 (2007)

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For the final entry in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy the cast list expands to incorporate Topher Grace (Venom), Thomas Haden Church (Sandman) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Gwen Stacy). Michael Papajohn reprises the role of the carjacker (given the name ‘Dennis Carradine’ this time around) and Joe Manganiello briefly reprises the part of Flash Thompson.

Here is the core cast list for Spider-Man 3 (2007):

  • Tobey Maguire – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Kirsten Dunst – Mary Jane Watson
  • James Franco – Harry Osborn
  • Rosemary Harris – May Parker
  • Cliff Robertson – Ben Parker
  • J.K. Simmons – J. Jonah Jameson
  • Bill Nunn – Robbie Robertson
  • Ted Raimi – Hoffman
  • Willem Dafoe – Norman Osborn
  • Elizabeth Banks – Betty Brant
  • Dylan Baker – Dr. Curt Connors
  • Michael Papajohn – Dennis Carradine
  • Topher Grace – Edward ‘Eddie’ Brock Jr./Venom
  • Thomas Haden Church – Flint Marko/Sandman
  • Theresa Russell – Emma Marko
  • John Paxton – Bernard
  • Bryce Dallas Howard – Gwen Stacy
  • James Cromwell – Captain Stacy
  • Joe Manganiello – Flash Thompson
  • Bruce Campbell – Maître d’
  • Stan Lee – Man in Times Square

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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All change for this entry. Sam Raimi’s era of Spider-Man movies ended with Spider-Man 3, and for the next two films director Marc Webb brings in an all-new cast.

Andrew Garfield takes on the lead role of Spidey, opposite Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May) and Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben). Rhys Ifans plays the villain of the movie (The Lizard), while notable background cast members include Michael Massee and Irrfan Khan.

The cast of The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) is as follows:

  • Andrew Garfield – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Emma Stone – Gwen Stacy
  • Sally Field – Aunt May
  • Martin Sheen – Uncle Ben
  • Rhys Ifans – Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard
  • Campbell Scott – Richard Parker
  • Embeth Davidtz – Mary Parker
  • Irrfan Khan – Rajit Ratha
  • Chris Zylka – Flash Thompson
  • Leif Gantvoort – Cash register thief
  • Michael Massee – Man in the Shadows/Mr. Fiers
  • C. Thomas Howell – Jack’s father
  • Stan Lee – School librarian

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 carries over a number of cast members from the previous film, including Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz as Richard and Mary Parker respectively. Meanwhile, new cast members include Jamie Foxx (Electro), Dane Dehaan (Harry) and Chris Cooper (Norman).

The core cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) is as follows:

  • Andrew Garfield – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Emma Stone – Gwen Stacy
  • Sally Field – Aunt May
  • Campbell Scott – Richard Parker
  • Embeth Davidtz – Mary Parker
  • Jamie Foxx – Max Dillon/Electro
  • Dane DeHaan – Harry Osborn/Green Goblin
  • Chris Cooper – Norman Osborn
  • Colm Feore – Donald Menken
  • Felicity Jones – Felicia
  • Paul Giamatti – Aleksei Sytsevich/Rhino
  • Marton Csokas – Dr. Ashley Kafka
  • B.J. Novak – Alistair Smythe
  • Michael Massee – Man in the Shadows/Mr. Fiers
  • Stan Lee – Graduation guest

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Spider-Man enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe via a guest role in Captain America: Civil War. Tom Holland takes on the role of Spider-Man, alongside Marisa Tomei as Aunt May.

Here are the core cast members of Captain America: Civil War (2016):

  • Chris Evans – Steve Rogers/Captain America
  • Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Tom Holland – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Scarlett Johansson – Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
  • Don Cheadle – James Rhodes/War Machine
  • Sebastian Stan – Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
  • Anthony Mackie – Sam Wilson/Falcon
  • Jeremy Renner – Clint Barton/Hawkeye
  • Chadwick Boseman – T’Challa/Black Panther
  • Paul Rudd – Scott Lang/Ant-Man
  • Paul Bettany – Vision
  • Elizabeth Olsen – Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
  • Marisa Tomei – May Parker
  • Martin Freeman – Everett Ross
  • William Hurt – Thaddeus Ross
  • Frank Grillo – Brock Rumlow/Crossbones
  • Daniel Brühl – Zemo
  • Stan Lee – FedEx delivery driver

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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Tom Holland’s role as Spider-Man continues in the solo movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. In this film, Spidey’s supporting cast is introduced, which includes Zendaya (Michelle/’MJ’), Jacob Batalon (Ned) and Tony Revolori (Flash).

A number of MCU stars also appear in this film, including Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Jon Favreau. While background actors include Tyne Daly, Donald Glover and Hannibal Buress.

The core cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) is as follows:

  • Tom Holland – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Marisa Tomei – May Parker
  • Michael Keaton – Adrian Toomes/Vulture
  • Zendaya – Michelle/’MJ’
  • Jacob Batalon – Ned Leeds
  • Tony Revolori – Flash Thompson
  • Angourie Rice – Betty Brant
  • Laura Harrier – Liz
  • Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan
  • Gwyneth Paltrow – Pepper Potts
  • Donald Glover – Aaron Davis
  • Logan Marshall-Green – Jackson Brice/Shocker #1
  • Bokeem Woodbine – Herman Schultz/Shocker #2
  • Tyne Daly – Anne Marie Hoag
  • Hannibal Buress – Coach Wilson
  • Kenneth Choi – Principal Morita
  • Martin Starr – Mr. Harrington
  • Michael Chernus – Phineas Mason/The Tinkerer
  • Michael Mando – Mac Gargan
  • Stan Lee – Gary

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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Another guest role for Spider-Man – once again played by Tom Holland – in a film with an even bigger cast than before. Avengers: Infinity War sees many, many heroes join forces to stop Thanos (Josh Brolin), and of course Spidey is along to help out.

The core cast of Avengers: Infinity War (2018) is:

  • Chris Evans – Steve Rogers/Captain America
  • Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Tom Holland – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Jacob Batalon – Ned
  • Josh Brolin – Thanos
  • Mark Ruffalo – Bruce Banner/Hulk
  • Chris Hemsworth – Thor
  • Tom Hiddleston – Loki
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange
  • Benedict Wong – Wong
  • Chris Pratt – Peter Quill/Star-Lord
  • Zoe Saldana – Gamora
  • Karen Gillan – Nebula
  • Pom Klementieff – Mantis
  • Dave Bautista – Drax
  • Vin Diesel – Groot (voice)
  • Bradley Cooper – Rocket (voice)
  • Danai Gurira – Okoye
  • Scarlett Johansson – Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
  • Don Cheadle – James Rhodes/War Machine
  • Sebastian Stan – Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
  • Anthony Mackie – Sam Wilson/Falcon
  • Jeremy Renner – Clint Barton/Hawkeye
  • Chadwick Boseman – T’Challa/Black Panther
  • Letitia Wright – Shuri
  • Winston Duke – M’Baku
  • Paul Rudd – Scott Lang/Ant-Man
  • Elizabeth Olsen – Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
  • Idris Elba – Heimdall
  • Peter Dinklage – Eitri
  • Benicio Del Toro – The Collector
  • William Hurt – Thaddeus Ross
  • Ross Marquand – Red Skull
  • Tom Vaughan-Lawlor – Ebony Maw
  • Carrie Coon – Proxima Midnight
  • Michael James Shaw – Corvus Glaive
  • Sean Gunn – On-set Rocket
  • Stan Lee – Bus driver

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Venom (2018)

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No Spider-Man for this movie; instead, Tom Hardy takes on the lead role of Eddie Brock in Venom. The movie introduces a new cast – not directly connected to the MCU – which includes Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed.

The core cast of Venom (2018) is as follows:

  • Tom Hardy – Eddie Brock/Venom
  • Michelle Williams – Anne Weying/She-Venom
  • Riz Ahmed – Carlton Drake/Riot
  • Jenny Slate – Dr. Dora Skirth
  • Woody Harrelson – Cletus Kasady
  • Peggy Lu – Mrs. Chen
  • Chris O’Hara – John Jameson
  • Wade Williams – Prison guard
  • Stan Lee – Dog Walker

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

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In 2018, the Spider-Man movies moved into animation via the Oscar-winning feature-length film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The cast list is very impressive and includes Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Lily Tomlin as Aunt May and Oscar Isaac as Spider-Man 2099.

The core cast list for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) is as follows:

  • Shameik Moore – Miles Morales/Spider-Man
  • Jake Johnson – Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man
  • Chris Pine – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Lily Tomlin – Aunt May
  • Hailee Steinfeld – Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman
  • Nicolas Cage – Peter Parker/Spider-Man Noir
  • John Mulaney – Peter Porker/Spider-Ham
  • Kimiko Glenn – Peni Parker/Sp//dr
  • Mahershala Ali – Uncle Aaron/The Prowler
  • Brian Tyree Henry – Jefferson Davis
  • Zoë Kravitz – Mary Jane Watson-Parker
  • Liev Schreiber – Wilson Fisk/Kingpin
  • Kathryn Hahn – Olivia Octavius/Doctor Octopus
  • Oscar Isaac – Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099
  • Jorma Taccone – Green Goblin & Spider-Man ‘67
  • Marvin Jones III – Tombstone
  • Joaquin Cosio – Scorpion
  • Lake Bell – Vanessa Fisk
  • Stan Lee – Stan

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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Following his guest-spot in Avengers: Infinity War, Tom Holland returns to the role of Spider-Man for a brief part in Avengers: Endgame. As with its predecessor, the film boasts a huge cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.

The core cast of Avengers: Endgame (2019) is as follows:

  • Chris Evans – Steve Rogers/Captain America
  • Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Tom Holland – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Josh Brolin – Thanos
  • Mark Ruffalo – Bruce Banner/Hulk
  • Jacob Batalon – Ned Leeds
  • Chris Hemsworth – Thor
  • Tom Hiddleston – Loki
  • Chris Pratt – Peter Quill/Star-Lord
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange
  • Benedict Wong – Wong
  • Zoe Saldana – Gamora
  • Karen Gillan – Nebula
  • Pom Klementieff – Mantis
  • Dave Bautista – Drax
  • Vin Diesel – Groot (voice)
  • Bradley Cooper – Rocket (voice)
  • Danai Gurira – Okoye
  • Scarlett Johansson – Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
  • Don Cheadle – James Rhodes/War Machine
  • Sebastian Stan – Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
  • Anthony Mackie – Sam Wilson/Falcon
  • Jeremy Renner – Clint Barton
  • Chadwick Boseman – T’Challa/Black Panther
  • Letitia Wright – Shuri
  • Taika Waititi – Korg
  • Natalie Portman – Jane Foster
  • Paul Rudd – Scott Lang/Ant-Man
  • Evangeline Lilly – Hope Van Dyne/Wasp
  • Michael Douglas – Hank Pym
  • Michelle Pfeiffer – Janet Van Dyne
  • Elizabeth Olsen – Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
  • Idris Elba – Heimdall
  • Winston Duke – M’Baku
  • Cobie Smulders – Maria Hill
  • Samuel L. Jackson – Nick Fury
  • William Hurt – Thaddeus Ross
  • Ross Marquand – Red Skull
  • Tom Vaughan-Lawlor – Ebony Maw
  • Carrie Coon – Proxima Midnight
  • Michael James Shaw – Corvus Glaive
  • Sean Gunn – On-set Rocket & Kraglin
  • Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan
  • Tilda Swinton – The Ancient One
  • John Slattery – Howard Stark
  • Linda Cardellini – Laura Barton
  • Frank Grillo – Brock Rumlow
  • James D’Arcy – Jarvis
  • Stan Lee – Driver

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Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

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After Avengers: Endgame it is back to solo Spider-Man movies, with Tom Holland continuing as Spidey. A number of cast members from Spider-Man: Homecoming reprise their roles, including Marisa Tomei (May Parker), Jacob Batalon (Ned) and Zendaya (‘MJ’).

The cast of Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) is as follows:

  • Tom Holland – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Quentin Beck/Mysterio
  • Marisa Tomei – May Parker
  • Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan
  • Zendaya – Michelle/’MJ’
  • Jacob Batalon – Ned Needs
  • Tony Revolori – Flash Thompson
  • Angourie Rice – Betty Brant
  • Samuel L. Jackson – Nick Fury
  • Colbie Smulders – Maria Hill
  • Martin Starr – Mr. Harrington
  • JB Smoove – Mr. Dell
  • Numan Acar – Dimitri
  • J.K. Simmons – J. Jonah Jameson
  • Dawn Michell King – E.D.I.T.H

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See, I said it was an impress cast list – and it will only get bigger.

It’s always worth keeping an eye out to see who appears in each Spider-Man movie. Often there are many familiar faces popping up in small roles that you simply don’t see the first time around!

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