Tobey Maguire is best known for his portrayal as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s classic Spider-Man trilogy (Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3). In recent days, Maguire’s name has been surrounded by rumors of a possible entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the upcoming Spider-Man 3 (untitled) film. Fans eager to see Tobey Maguire put back on his classic Spider-Man suit have re-imagined the actor as a Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace — and it’s hilarious.
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy has stood the test of time with Marvel fans. No matter who your favorite Spider-Man actor is — Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, or Tom Holland — just about all fans can agree that Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2 (2004) are some of the best movies in Marvel’s library. Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of Spider-Man helped usher in newcomer superhero actors like Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man or Christain Bale as the Caped Crusader in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight and cemented them as cultural icons.
It’s been 13 years since Spider-Man 3 (2007) ‘s release — this was the least critically acclaimed of the films in the trilogy. Though the movie didn’t fare well with critics, fans continue to breathe fresh air into the movie’s reputation with memes. Perhaps the motherlode of all Marvel memes comes from Tobey Maguire’s transformation into “Bully Maguire,” a pseudonym for Peter Parker’s fall to the Dark Spider-Man suit.
No words describe the magic that occurs halfway through Spider-Man 3 after Peter Parker jumps into the black superhero suit and dances. You have to watch the video to understand what I mean:
The most famous line from the sequence is the now-iconic: “I’m gonna put some dirt in your eye.”
It doesn’t even make sense. Choosing those words out of all the phrases in the world shows you why “Bully Maguire” is a legend.
Searching “Bully Maguire” on YouTube pulls up numerous fan-made videos that superimpose Tobey Maguire into famous scenes from classic films, such as replacing Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith or Captain America in Avengers: Endgame.
Now, Marvel and Star Wars fans have done it again. “Bully Maguire” is now commemorated as Darth Maul during the pivotal Duel of the Fates lightsaber battle between Master Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), and Sith Lord Darth Maul (Ray Park) in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
You can watch the video below:
Three seconds in, we already see “Bully Maguire’s” well-known dancing and clapping from Spider-Man 3. Matan Animation Studios, the wizards behind the video, perfectly superimposed Peter Parker into Star Wars with impressive moves, audio, and added props — Maguire kicking the chair before igniting Maul’s lightsaber was genius.
Little details, such as Maguire flipping his hair and saying, “All you got?” right before pulling out Darth Maul’s saber, make it seem like Tobey Maguire was there on set. On top of that, the little quips Darth Maguire gives to Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi perfectly match the intensity of the battle.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was edited to appear as falling and not catching himself after “Bully Maguire” gives a hearty kick in true trickery fashion. It’s a fact that no one, not even Thanos or Anakin Skywalker, can beat him. Kenobi was no exception.
While nor Disney have confirmed if will appear in – 3 (2021), the is leading director Damian Chazelle’s latest project and it is set to star alongside Brad Pitt.
What do you think about this wild Darth Maul deepfake?