Andrew Garfield says he’d definitely be open to returning as Spider-Man in future movies after Spider-Man: No Way Home. In 2012, following Sam Raimi’s abandoned Spider-Man 4, Garfield inherited Tobey Maguire’s web-slinging mantel via Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man. For the most part, that film satisfied fans and critics. However, the lackluster reception of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) ultimately resulted in Sony/Marvel Studios’ deal to reboot the character again in the MCU with Tom Holland—which cut Garfield’s tenure short.
Despite Garfield’s many claims to the contrary, Marvel Studios and Sony’s No Way Home does bring back his and Maguire’s Peter Parker/Spider-Men. As the follow-up to Far From Home (2019), No Way Home sees Holland’s Peter seek Doctor Strange’s help in making the world forget he’s Spider-Man. The subsequent spell goes awry, pulling a slew of past Sony characters from the multiverse, including villains like Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, and Jamie Foxx’s Electro. Thankfully, Maguire and Garfield also show up to help Holland combat their respective villains and learn a thing or two about “great power” and “great responsibility.” While the appearance of both elder Spideys has moved the fandom, the general consensus seems to be that Garfield steals the show. Now, the internet wants to see Garfield return as Spider-Man in more movies.
For the first time since the release of No Way Home, Garfield has opened up about his experience on the film. In an interview with Variety, the actor talked about what brought him back to Spider-Man and what it meant to him to get a chance to redeem his character narratively and commercially. When asked if he’d be open to coming back to the character again, Garfield said he’d definitely be open to something if it felt right. Read his full quote below:
“I mean, yes, definitely open to something if it felt right. Peter and Spider-Man, those characters are all about service, to the greater good and the many. He’s a working-class boy from Queens that knows struggle and loss and is deeply empathetic. I would try to borrow Peter Parker’s ethical framework in that, if there was an opportunity to step back in and tell more of that story, I would have to feel very sure and certain in myself.”
Garfield also talked about how grateful he is to have been able to tie up loose ends for his Peter. The basis of Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Sony Executive Amy Pascal, and director Jon Watts’ No Way Home pitch/initial conversation with Garfield concerned closure—”If his character were dumped into the MCU and faced a younger and older version of himself, how would he respond?” That being asked, Garfield’s No Way Home arc directly connects to the death of Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In No Way Home, Garfield talks about how his inability to save Gwen still haunts him and, in the wake of that tragedy, he stopped pulling his punches as Spider-Man. In the final battle, Garfield redeems himself by saving Holland’s love interest in a way he wishes he could’ve for Gwen.
No Way Home reminds audiences that Garfield was and always has been a quality Peter Parker and Spider-Man. On top of that, it does award him and his character closure. While fans want more of him via The Amazing Spider-Man 3 or an appearance elsewhere in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe (fighting Tom Hardy’s Venom or Jared Leto’s Morbius), it risks tarnishing his bookend in No Way Home. Many worried his role in Spider-Man: No Way Home would come off as gimmicky and, while it’s certainly fan service, it’s the best kind. The kind that honors and legitimizes what came before. Still, it would be cool to see more.
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