Warning: This post contains SPOILERS for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
By recounting the experiences of the multiple Peter Parkers, Spider-Man: No Way Home robs fans of a compelling Spider-Man movie starring Andrew Garfield. The third installment of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man reboot, No Way Home sees the MCU hero’s world get overturned. The film also features previous Spider-Man actors, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, reprising their roles. Following a major loss, the two rally behind Holland’s Spider-Man, and they each narrate their own ordeals, hoping to guide and veer him away from his dark instincts. Consequently, this emotional moment denies audiences of what could have been the best Garfield Spider-Man movie.
In 2010, instead of proceeding with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4, Sony opted to reboot the series, casting Andrew Garfield as the titular hero. Garfield would go on to star in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel, with his performance generally well-received by critics and audiences alike. Supposedly, Garfield’s tenure as Spider-Man would be the springboard for Sony’s cinematic universe, involving two more sequels and a Sinister Six movie. However, his time was cut short, and the series was rebooted again, this time in the MCU with the help of Marvel Studios. Fortunately, Garfield was given another opportunity to don the superhero suit once more, appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home as a mentor/ brother figure for the MCU’s Peter Parker.
After the death of Aunt May, Garfield’s Peter offered consolation by stating how much he understood the pain of losing a loved one. After losing Gwen Stacy, he “tried to keep being the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.” However, the guilt and agony became too much to handle. Eventually, he “stopped pulling his punches” and embraced a darker side of him. While that scene was heartbreaking, it also showed how much potential there was in The Amazing Spider-Man series. Audiences could have seen a movie depicting what happened to Garfield’s Spider-Man and how he became full of rage and bitterness, seemingly almost losing himself in the process. Instead, Spider-Man: No Way Home only gave audiences a glimpse at what might have been.
No Way Home undoubtedly became the avenue for redeeming Garfield’s Spider-Man, and by confronting his mistakes and saving MJ (Zendaya), he was offered healing and closure. Nevertheless, the time Peter became a vigilante of sorts could have been the best Garfield Spider-Man movie, as it could have showcased how he overstepped and got carried away by his emotions. Perhaps he got furious and gravely injured people, and because he was too distraught over Gwen’s death, he did not realize his wrongdoings easily. Maybe, he was also prosecuted by the public and hunted down by law enforcement officers. Considering Garfield’s improvisation skills and acting prowess, the movie in question could have been truly interesting, especially since his Spider-Man was the only one not given a chance to fully showcase rage and violence on-screen.
Unsurprisingly, after his appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home, fans are clamoring for Garfield to return for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. While he has also expressed his interest in portraying the character again, nothing is final yet, so this idea can still be revisited. Hopefully, Andrew Garfield can grace the silver screen once more as the friendly neighborhood superhero, interacting with existing characters in the Sony Universe like Venom or even those still in the works, like Kraven the Hunter.
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