Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe have received a Guinness World Records title after reprising their iconic roles in Spider-Man.

Maguire, 46, and Dafoe, 66, set the record for the longest run as a live-action Marvel character, first appearing in 2002’s Spider-Man. Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Patrick Stewart (Professor X), who first appeared in X-Men (2000) and most recently in Logan, set the previous record of 16 years and 232 days (2017).

Spider-Man (2002) is a groundbreaking work in the current genre of superhero imagery, telling the origin narrative of Marvel Comics’ iconic web-slinger.

Peter Parker, a high school student who has arachnid-like abilities after being bitten by a genetically engineered spider, begins to use his crime-fighting abilities.

Willem Dafoe, who has a long history playing villains, plays the Green Goblin, the film’s main antagonist. Sony Pictures courted Leonardo DiCaprio, Heath Ledger, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jude Law, and a host of other A-listers. James Franco, who would play Harry Osborn in the film, also auditioned for the lead role.

Tobey Maguire, meanwhile, was cast when director Sam Raimi saw him in The Cider House Rules (1999). Despite the studio’s concerns about casting someone who didn’t fit the superhero stereotype, Maguire wowed them with his performance and began rigorous physical training in preparation for the role.

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