Remember a few years ago, when Spider-Man fans clamored for the wall crawler to make his way over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Sony, but it all seemed like an impossible fantasy? Apparently Peter Parker felt the same way.
Andrew Garfield spoke recently about the abrupt end of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, the unrealized plans for its future, and his thoughts on Tom Holland taking up the mantle of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Like many fanboys all over the world, Garfield reveals that he himself believed the best direction for the superhero was always towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When The Amazing Spider-Man 3 still had potential to see the light of day, Garfield began collaborating with screenwriter Alex Kurtzman. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ends with Peter Parker at a very low point, and the two wanted to see where they could take the hero from that state of mind. And in an interview the actor did with Uproxx, Garfield states that he always envisioned Spider-Man ultimately ending up alongside The Avengers and that he had "...been petitioning to hook up with Marvel since the beginning, so [he's] really glad they’re finally doing it." In the interview, Garfield also claims to have no ill-feelings towards the entire process that led to his departure from the role - mostly just expressing excitement over the opportunity to experience a Spider-Man film once again from the perspective of the audience.
Ultimately, while Garfield was never seriously considered to bring Spider-Man into the MCU, it is likely not his fault. Rather, Marvel simply felt a desire to give their newly reacquired hero a makeover, and that meant dumping the good aspects of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise along with the not so good.
With that in mind, the decision to cast Holland as yet another Peter Parker still seems somewhat risky. Relatively young audiences still have two different versions of Spider-Man fresh in their minds - adding another further dilutes the pool and reduces the chance of any single one being considered definitive. That doesn't necessarily mean Holland's version of Peter Parker does not have potential to be different; his age and a newfound focus on Spider-Man's high-school years does effectively set the upcoming iteration apart.
After all this time, and so much guessing, we will get a chance to see the direction Marvel decides to take the Web Head on May 6, 2016 when he premieres in Captain America: Civil War. While he may not be appearing on screen, we can assume Garfield will watch from the audience and think what many of us will be thinking: "finally."
Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – 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; and Inhumans – July 12, 2019.