Since Andrew Garfield’s tenure as Spider-Man ended abruptly with 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” a critical and creative fiasco that failed to generate enough box office revenue to support Sony’s lofty aspirations for the character, fans have spent a lot of time fantasizing about what-ifs. What might a hypothetical third film have been like with Garfield’s Peter Parker facing a battle against the Sinister Six? Could Garfield’s Spider-Man have effectively merged into the continuing Marvel Cinematic Universe instead of reinventing the character with Tom Holland in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War”?
Fans may or may not get their wish with the release of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in December — at this point, you really just have to decide for yourself whether you believe Andrew Garfield’s own words about possibly appearing in the film — but even if that proves to be the case, there’s one meeting that will have to remain in viewers’ imaginations. Many would consider the Iron Man/Spider-Man interaction to be one of the highlights of Holland’s tenure in the MCU thus far, while Tony Stark’s death in “Avengers: Endgame” effectively ended that for the time being… barring any resurrections or variation hijinks in the future, of course. However, it’s safe to assume that Garfield’s version will very certainly never meet Robert Downey Jr.’s Stark. But it doesn’t mean we can’t entertain the possibilities.
That’s exactly what Garfield is doing, at least, and his answer definitely won’t stir up any debate whatsoever!
Andrew Garfield, who ostensibly isn’t affiliated with “No Way Home” in any way, shape, or form, is talking a lot about Spider-Man these days! Of course, we can’t blame him when it appears that everyone is taking advantage of the opportunity offered by the publication of his current leading role in “Tick, Tick… BOOM!” to pull a J. Jonah Jameson and relentlessly demand Spider-Man information. While Garfield does not address the elephant in the room, he does entertain a lightning-rod of a question from a fan. In an edition of GQ’s video series “Actually Me,” in which celebrities go online to answer questions about themselves, Garfield discusses how he believes his Spider-Man will respond to the MCU’s Iron Man: Age of Ultron:
“I definitely think Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man would be pretty suspect of MCU Iron Man. I think he would be a little turned off by the excess, the billionaire, trillionaire status of Iron Man. I think it would rub my version of Spider-Man the wrong way. But maybe there could be some influence there. Maybe my Peter Parker could wake Tony Stark up to his own egoic drives a little bit.”
If you ask me, this is the response of someone who has definitely considered this idea on his own. That should come as no surprise considering the actor’s clear devotion to and protection of the role throughout the years. Of course, this simply emphasizes how different the previous two Spider-Man incarnations have been since certain internet circles (including mine!) have chastised Holland’s near-codependent connection with Stark for being completely at odds with his blue-collar beginnings. Garfield, for his part, quickly dashes any residual dreams of a meeting between the two characters by responding with a very dry and assertive, “We’ll never find out. We’ll never know for sure.”