A month ago Andrew Garfield had the opportunity to finally address the reality that he would no longer be playing Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man, a dream role that was cut short when Sony Pictures decided to cancel their plans for sequels and spinoffs to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and team-up with Marvel Studios to reboot the character and his world (again).
While Garfield is very passionate about the character, and was considered by Marvel to keep playing the character within the Marvel Cinematic Universe at one point, the decision was made to take a different approach with a younger actor (Tom Holland), one that Garfield very much can appreciate. He had actually petitioned for Spider-Man to join The Avengers after all.
But what does The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2 director Marc Webb think about it? Does he have regrets that he couldn’t complete the trilogy and that its planned spinoffs will not exist as originally intended by Sony Pictures?
Talking to /Film earlier this summer about the upcoming TV series Limitless, Webb shared a similar sentiment to that of Garfield in that he too agrees Spider-Man should be a part of the main Marvel family.
“No, I’m very excited for all the folks at Marvel and what they’re going to do with that character. I think he belongs in that universe and there’s a real excitement to see what they come up with. Maybe we’ll all be on a panel someday, Sam, me and whoever directs it.”
This interview occurred before Marvel announced that Jon Watts (Cop Car) was announced as the director for the untitled 2017 Spider-Man reboot.
Garfield is in his 30s now which would have worked wonders for the MCU had the studios wanted to tell stories of an older Peter Parker, perhaps even introducing another Spidey in fan-fave Miles Morales from the comics for Parker to mentor. Instead, Marvel and Sony are seemingly going the Harry Potter route and introducing a 15 year-old Peter Parker who’s already been serving as Spider-Man for a year or so, allowing the MCU to skip most of the character’s origin story and keep him in high school for a while where he can also inject some much-needed youth into the Avengers roster.
This will allow Marvel and Sony to spend years and years building around Tom Holland’s Peter Parker where he’ll undoubtedly serve as an Avenger for years to come and eventually, once an older veteran superhero himself, help pass the mantle to other Spider-Man characters from the comics.
Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will be introduced next summer in Captain America: Civil War before getting his own movie in 2017.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man– July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.