After the dismantling of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, many may have wondered how Andrew Garfield felt, now that Spider-Man had been recast for a third time. Now, in a recent interview, the actor opens up about The Amazing Spider-Man franchise.
The less than stellar critical performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 lead Sony to ditch their plans for The Amazing Spider-Man sequels, as well as other Spidey spin-offs, in favor of a deal with Marvel Studios that would bring the webslinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the addition of Spider-Man in the MCU, Marvel Studios decided to take the superhero in a new direction, recasting the role with Tom Holland, as the franchise looked to focus on a teenaged Peter Parker.
While promoting his new movie 99 Homes, Garfield shared his thoughts about being playing the iconic character, and how much he wanted to make The Amazing Spider-Man movies better. When asked about the experience and what he's taken away from being the wall-crawler, the actor had this to say:
“Well, nothing, because I was never Spider-Man. Because Spider-Man's a fictional character. He's not real. [laughs] You know what's funny, to give you the vulnerable answer, I thought I was going to be Spider-Man, you know? I went into it going...ego sh** came in. It's like, "Okay, here it is. I'm f***ing Spider-Man. I f***ing made it." All that sh**. [laughs] I didn't actually make it. I was never Spider-Man.
I was the actor that I am. The person that I am. Struggling with trying to match up with something that I'd elevated so high in my mind. Elevated beyond what I could attain, what I could achieve. The great thing is, that's what Peter Parker was doing as well. Peter Parker created this symbol that he couldn't live up to. It was never enough. He never felt enough, and I never felt enough. I never felt like I was able to do enough. And I couldn't rescue those films...even though I didn't sleep. [laughs]
And I wanted to...not to say that I needed to rescue those films, but I couldn't make them as deep and soulful and...life-giving as I could ever dream. And I'm never gonna be able to do that, with any film. It was especially difficult in that situation because...well, just because. And it was especially important because that character has always meant so much to me, and you saw that if you saw the Comic-Con thing, which, thank you for reminding me about that.”
Garfield's reflection on his time in the blue and red tights certainly sounds like an actor who was dedicated to his role. Fans likely recall Garfield gave an honest, heartfelt speech about being cast as Spider-Man at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011, despite Sony's reluctance. The actor was even willing to play along and to show up in character to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at SDCC in 2013. For many, it seemed as though he genuinely wanted the part of Peter Parker and was humbled by the chance to be a part of the new series.
Garfield’s performance as Peter Parker brought a different kind of attitude to the role than was seen in the original Spider-Man trilogy. Some fans even felt Garfield’s version of Spider-Man was more accurate to the comic book version of the character. Unfortunately, Garfield’s acting and commitment to the role wasn't enough to elevate the mediocre plot and dialogue in the two Amazing Spider-Man films he was a part of. While Tom Holland will probably make a good Spider-Man, it’s a shame that we won’t get to see Garfield facing off against Captain America in Civil War.