Before Marvel and Sony Pictures finally decided to join forces for a new Spider-Man reboot, which has Tom Holland set to star as a much younger Spidey, the studio was still developing another sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with Andrew Garfield set to return as Peter Parker. The Marvel/Sony deal pleased a great deal of fans, since it allows for Spidey to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time, but some fans still wanted to see Andrew Garfield return as the beloved character. Andrew Garfield revealed in a recent interview with Uproxx that he wasn't asked to come back, although he wouldn't go into too many details. When asked if Marvel ever approached him about putting on the Spidey suit one more time, he had this to say.
"No. To be honest [pauses], all the ins and outs of what happened is a more tender conversation that maybe I don't want to talk about in public in a press situation. But all I can say is that I'm stoked to go and watch a Marvel film of Spider-Man. I'm really, really grateful for the whole ride of it. And I'm really excited for the next one."
Sony had controlled the Spider-Man rights for years, but after Marvel Studios started coming into their own, many wondered if the webbed wonder would ever have a place in the MCU. Now the new Spider-Man played by Tom Holland will make his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, arriving in theaters next summer, before the new Spider-Man debuts in the summer of 2017. Andrew Garfield revealed that he had been trying to get Sony to "hook up" with Marvel since he first signed on.
"I've been petitioning to hook up with Marvel since the beginning, so I'm really glad they're finally doing it."
During the Sony hack, leaked emails revealed that neither Marvel nor Sony were interested in bringing back Andrew Garfield to play Spidey. However, in this interview, he reveals that he was starting to "workshop ideas" with screenwriter Alex Kurtzman, who was once set to write the sequel. Here's what the actor had to say about this sequel that now won't happen.
"I was actually starting to workshop ideas with Alex Kurtzman, who was going to be writing it. We thought to kind of start from the base level, the foundational level of where have we left Peter and where do we want to see him go and what's logical. And how do we build upon where we left off with this deep, desperate moment with Gwen? So, yeah, we got to some pretty heavy places and I was really excited to kind of explore it and be involved on the ground level like that. But, anyway, it wasn't meant to be. As I say, I'm just really excited that I get to watch."
This new Spider-Man movie will kick off a trilogy that is entirely set in high school. 19-year-old Tom Holland is much younger than both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire were when they took on the iconic role, so setting an entire trilogy in high school does make sense. This reboot will also discard the well-worn origin story, starting out with Peter established as Spidey, as he tries to balance school with his crime-fighting escapades.
Both The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 weren't complete bombs at the box office, but they both underperformed and suffered from a spate of negative reviews, which lead to this new reboot, the third in nearly 15 years. What do you think about Andrew Garfield's comments? Do you think Tom Holland will make a better Spider-Man? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more updates.