MOVIE NEWS – Andrew Garfield could end up returning as his version of Spider-Man
Andrew Garfield is definitely open to taking another crack at Spider-Man. Made possible by the ongoing collaboration between Sony Pictures and Disney’s Marvel Studios, and a magical multiverse-opening spell cast by Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Garfield suits up for the first time since 2014 in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Seven years after Sony Pictures pulled the plug on the Amazing Spider-Man universe, scrapping plans for spin-offs and at least two more sequels featuring Garfield, fans are rekindling calls for Garfield to return in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and continue as the resident wall-crawler of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe.
“I mean, yes, definitely open to something if it felt right, Peter and Spider-Man, those characters are all about service, to the greater good and the many. He’s a working-class boy from Queens that knows struggle and loss and is deeply empathetic. I would try to borrow Peter Parker’s ethical framework in that, if there was an opportunity to step back in and tell more of that story, I would have to feel very sure and certain in myself.”
Joining the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in No Way Home allowed a really grateful Garfield to tie up some loose ends for the Peter he was playing. In 2014, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ends somewhat hopeful: Garfield’s Peter returns to take on the role of the re-inspired superhero six months after quitting over the death of his love Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
“I love that character, and I’m grateful that I got to work with these incredible actors, this incredible director, and Marvel in conjunction with Sony. It was joyful, and a feeling of closure for me. There were so many unanswered questions for my Peter, where we left it. I got to step back in and get some healing for him. And also really supporting [Holland’s] Peter, and honouring his character completing that trilogy, not distracting or detracting from it.”
Andrew Garfield was set to return for two sequels dated for 2016 and 2018 before Sony rebooted Spider-Man in the MCU. The now 38-year-old actor didn’t expect to ever have a conversation about playing Peter Parker again.
“I was really excited to be a fan again. But I got this call from [Spider-Man producers] Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige and [director] Jon Watts with this idea. It was undeniable right away,” Garfield said.” It sounded incredibly fun, incredibly spiritual, mind-bending and thematically interesting. On a basic level, as a Spider-Man fan, just the idea of seeing three Spider-Men in the same frame was enough.”
Since the December 17 release of No Way Home, fans have taken to Twitter to call on Sony and Marvel to make The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and allow Garfield to finish his trilogy. Others hope to see Garfield reprise the role in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, home to anti-heroes Venom (Tom Hardy) and Morbius (Jared Leto).