Bully Maguire is a video remix series based on scenes of Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker after he’s combined with the symbiote Venom in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. In the film, Parker becomes hot-headed and arrogant after combining with Venom, causing him to treat others poorly. This version of Parker has been dubbed Emo Peter Parker by many across the web, with Bully Maguire acting as an alternative to this title. In Bully Maguire videos, scenes featuring Parker in this symbiote-driven state are edited and remixed into new scenarios to make it seem like Maguire is bullying other characters, typically from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On February 18th, 2018, YouTuber Aldo Jones uploaded a parody remix of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer to their channel, titled “AVENGERS INFINITY WAR Weird Trailer.” (Shown below). At around 1:48 in the video, we see Tobey Maguire as Emo Peter Parker run toward Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and toss him, followed by on-screen text that reads, “BULLY MAGUIRE.” The video garnered over 10.2 million views and 301 thousand likes in two-and-a-half years.
Weird Trailers became one of the main series on Jones’ channel. Jones continued to feature Bully Maguire in subsequent Weird Trailers videos due to the character’s popularity.
On March 8th, 2018, YouTuber lurilottaspt isolated and reuploaded the Bully Maguire scene from Jones’ video, simply titled “Bully Maguire.” (Shown below, left). The video garnered over 47 thousand views in two years. The clip was reuploaded again on March 27th, this time garnering over 60 thousand views in two years (shown below, right).
“Bully Maguire” started to catch on as an alternate title for Emo Peter Parker. On September 1st, YouTuber Bully Maguire uploaded a video titled, “Bully Maguire Pumped up kicks” featuring the infamous scene of Peter Parker awkwardly dancing out of a building in Spider-Man 3 set to the song “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People (shown below). The video gained over 300 views in two years (shown below).
On February 19th, 2019, Aldo Jones uploaded a video titled, “3 YEARS OF BULLY MAGUIRE COMPILATION” showing off all the appearances of Bully Maguire in his Weird Trailer videos (shown below, left). The video garnered over 1.3 million views in 19 months. In the following months, YouTubers started reacting to the compilation (example shown below, right) and further Bully Maguire remix videos started popping up.
On August 13th, YouTuber Matan Animation Studio uploaded a video titled, “Pizza Time for Thanos,” a remix featuring Bully Maguire delivering pizza to Thanos. The video garnered over 253 thousand views in just over a year. Matan Animation Studio continued to upload Bully Maguire remixes, becoming a consistent source for new content. Some of their most popular Bully Maguire uploads include, “Bully Maguire Bullies Peter Parker” (shown below, left) and “Bully Maguire Lifts Thor’s Hammer” (shown below, right) garnering over 4.2 million views each, the former within one year, the latter within one month.
Bully Maguire remixes saw an increase in popularity in late September of 2020, particularly the Matan Animation Studio edits, as Twitter users began sharing them on the platform. On August 22nd, 2020, a post by 1BLEES to /r/memes featuring a Bully Maguire meme garnered over 71 thousand upvotes and over 100 awards.