With another new incarnation of Spider-Man on the way next summer, it’s hard to believe that it has only been a little over four years since the last time we welcomed a new Spider-Man. That was Andrew Garfield, who wore the Spidey suit in a pair of movies in 2012 and 2014, which were part of a plan for a Sony-produced shared universe that was ultimately scuttled when Sony and Marvel agreed early last year to bring Spidey to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The latest Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Tom Holland, made an almost universally well-received debut this year in Captain America: Civil War, and will take his featured bow in Spider-Man: Homecoming next July. But as the arrival of that film approaches, you may be wondering what Andrew Garfield thinks about all of this.
The former Spider-Man addressed his successor in an interview with Fandango. In it, he reveals that he’s glad a third Amazing Spider-Man film never happened, and that he’s excited for what Marvel will do with the character he used to play.
“If I am being totally honest, I am so excited Spider-Man is back in the hands of Marvel. I think that’s a really awesome move. It was a move that I’ve been advocating since I was offered the Spider-Man gig five or six years ago. I’m also excited for Tom Holland. I think he’s a very emotional, truthful, funny, physical actor, and I love the filmmaker — it all really couldn’t be in any better hands. I’m really stoked for it.”
Don’t cry for Andrew Garfield. He appears to have no hard feelings about losing the Spidey part. As he said in the interview, no longer being required to play Spider-Man has opened up doors for him as an actor, affording him the chance to star in films this fall from a pair of Oscar-winning directors: Mel Gibson (the new Hacksaw Ridge) and Martin Scorsese (Silence, which comes out in December.)
In retrospect, Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man films never had much of a chance. They arrived way too soon after Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, told the same origin story without putting any particularly new spin on it, and clearly weren’t able to innovate on the level that the early Marvel Cinematic Universe pictures were doing around the same time. It appears just about everyone is happy with how things turned out with Spider-Man –– even the guy who lost the job of playing him.