Andrew Garfield reflected on his “heartbreaking” experience on The Amazing Spider-Man films.
Once upon a time, Sony Pictures opted to reboot the Spider-Man film franchise after plans for Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire returning for a fourth film fell through. Andrew Garfield was tapped to play Peter Parker, and ended up playing the character in The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2. Unfortunately, the sequel underperformed at the box office, and the character was rebooted once again with Tom Holland playing a version that exists within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Following his stint as The Amazing Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield went on to do different roles, including an Academy Award-nominated performance in Hacksaw Ridge. With rumors of his and Tobey Maguire’s return in No Way Home, the Oscar-nominated actor had some time to reflect on his experience, which let him down in some ways.
In an interview with The Guardian, Andrew Garfield reflected on the unpleasant side of playing an iconic superhero:
“I went from being a naive boy to growing up. How could I ever imagine that it was going to be a pure experience? There are millions of dollars at stake and that’s what guides the ship. It was a big awakening and it hurt.
Comic-Con in San Diego is full of grown men and women still in touch with that pure thing the character meant to them. [But] you add in market forces and test groups and suddenly the focus is less on the soul of it and more on ensuring we make as much money as possible. And I found that – find that – heartbreaking in all matters of the culture…”
It is unfortunate that Andrew Garfield had a disappointing experience in The Amazing Spider-Man movies. If nothing else, the films shot him into superstardom and made him a recognizable name to audiences, having gone on to acclaimed roles in different films. If he does in fact appear in the new film next month, here’s hoping fans welcome him back with open arms.
Here is the synopsis for Spider-Man: No Way Home:
“For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.”
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Alfred Molina.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently set to be released on December 17, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the film as well as on The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.
Source: The Guardian