'Spider-Man' Questions Answered: What About Andrew Garfield & 'Sinister Six'?

Andrew Garfield No Longer Spider-Man

Spidey is coming home! Sort of.

If you missed the momentous occasion late last night, Marvel made the official announcement that they've partnered with Sony Pictures to take the Spider-Man movie franchise in a new direction that will see the hero introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That's right, Spider-Man is going to be an Avenger.

The news means big change for both Sony and Marvel's current slate of films (see the updated Phase 3 schedule here) so we're going to address the burning Spider-Man questions that may not have been made clear from the initial announcement.


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Marvel Does Not Own Spider-Man

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Before we get too deep into this, it needs to be clarified up front that Sony Pictures has not sold or given back the film rights to Spider-Man to Marvel Entertainment. He's too valuable an asset. Marvel and Sony are working together and this character and his future films/spinoffs are simply sharing the same space as Marvel's Avengers and other live-action properties.

"Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films."


What Does This Mean For Andrew Garfield?

Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Costume - No Mask

British actor Andrew Garfield was tapped by director Marc Webb and Sony to lead their rebooted Amazing Spider-Man franchise and he was a great selection. It's hard not to love the talented actor's charm and wit, and his portrayal of Peter Parker was compared favorably to Tobey Maguire's from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

Now that Spider-Man is joining the MCU though, Andrew Garfield's time is sadly up. He will not be playing Peter Parker any further. Marvel wants a new take on the character, as previous reports indicated, and it's all but officially confirmed that the "new direction" of Spider-Man means... a new Spider-Man actor too.

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