Disney's biannual D23 event takes place this weekend and while details remain mostly under wraps in terms of what special guests and footage they may showcase for their upcoming films, we do know Marvel Studios will have a major presence.
Marvel's Phase 3 release slate begins next summer with Captain America: Civil War and we hope to see some official first looks at characters and clips from the movie at D23, alongside teases of Doctor Strange which is also in production for release in 2016. What fans really want to see though is a look at the new Spider-Man, as played by Tom Holland, who appears in Civil War before his own solo movie in 2017. Believe it or not, Andrew Garfield is excited too.
19 year-old Holland takes over the Peter Parker role from Garfield as Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios team-up to introduce Spider-Man - "Marvel's Mickey Mouse" of sorts - and his world of supporting characters and villains into the official Marvel Cinematic Universe. The timing is so strange given that just a year ago the character was played by Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While there were reportedly interna talks about keeping Garfield in the role as Marvel reintroduced Peter Parker, it didn't work out. Instead, Marvel wants a young high school-aged Parker who can be the most youthful member of The Avengers for years to come.
How does Garfield feel about the end of his superhero franchise and being replaced? Yesterday at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet, ET caught up with the British star - making his first red carpet appearance in over a year - who responded with pure classiness and much respect.
"It feels lovely, especially because Tom Holland is a really, really great actor. He was in this movie The Impossible and he was just this incredibly powerful, sensitive, just wonderful young actor. And [he's] a dancer, so his body’s the right [form].
Garfield was a likable star from the get-go when it came to Spider-Man and he won over geekdom - and earned a few tears - when he appeared at Comic-Con to promote the first Amazing Spider-Man wearing a Halloween costume and stood amongst the fans in the audience to talk about how important the character is to him and that he was a fan himself before joining the project. Garfield was never an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man series and was actually a highlight of it and its sequel. The overall story and studio-rushed nature of the movies designed to spinoff other characters killed the Spider-Man universe plan before it could begin, hence the need to team-up with Marvel.
31-year-old Garfield continues, explaining that he can't wait to see Holland's performance, and is happy to not have the pressure of playing the beloved character.
"I’m just really excited to just be a fan again as opposed to bearing the weight of it."
And we know that feeling from watching Sony Pictures' plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4, Sinister Six, Venom, and other rumored spinoffs all fall apart in the wake of The Amazing Spider-Man 2's critical reception and box office results. It made big money relatively speaking but not compared to what Sony spent on producing and marketing the project, especially compared to rival superhero blockbusters.
For the Marvel-sponsored re-reboot of the property, there will finally be an entirely new villain (rumor has it pegged as Kraven the Hunter) in a story written by Jonathan Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein - the pair behind Vacation. Spider-Man, yet to be named (could be titled Spider-Man: The New Avenger), will be directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) and is described as a John Hughes style coming of age picture, so think a healthy dose of wit and comedy.
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.