The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield has finally opened the heartbreaking scene in his Spider-Man series. Garfield played the iconic role of Spider-Man in Sony’s reboot of the franchise in 2010, just a few months before the release of Social Network, which would capital the actor to stardom and earn him acclaim. Andrew Garfield has always been a huge Spider-Man fan and even dressed up as the hero for the 2011 Comic-Con appearance where he won a million hearts with his enthusiasm.
What was Sony’s Initial Plan With Spider-Man?
While Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man was a hit at the box office and was all set to launch its own Spider-Verse with Sony, with three The Amazing Spider-Man films, a Venom movie, and a Sinister Six film. After The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was actually a box office hit, the film went on to underperform compared to most Spider-Man films, and the fan and critical reaction were negative. Instead of continuing the franchise, Sony decided to team up with Marvel and reboot the Spider-Man franchise once more, with Holland playing the Peter Parker in the MCU and Garfield exiting from the franchise.
While speaking to The Guardian, Andrew Garfield talked about his time as Spider-Man and also, the financial needs of the film business which became the leading force behind making the film, and this whole experience left him heartbroken.
Here’s what Andrew Garfield had to say:
“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. Money is the thing that has corrupted all of us and led to the terrible ecological collapse that we are all about to die under.”
This is certainly not the first time Garfield has spoken about the troubles he faced while filming The Amazing Spider-Man films. He has even had an argument with Sony head Amy Pascal over creative decisions over the governance of the franchise. He even said, “his love for the character couldn’t even rescue the film.” Garfield got to play a character that is dreamt to be portrayed by a million kids, however, his experience was far from fun as his Spider-Man tenure was full of behind-the-scenes drama between the demands of Sony and Marvel.
Since Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield has avoided big-budgeted films, working on smaller-scale dramas like Silence and Hackshaw Bridge. While not confirmed, the actor is rumored to reprise the role of Spider-Man in the upcoming MCU film, No Way Home which might see him don the costume once again.