After waiting for what seemed like an eternity, Marvel and Sony Animation have finally released the first trailer for the animated Spider-Man film. What makes this film so unique isn’t just that it will star Miles Morales — the film will tap into the Spider-Verse concept. No other Spider-Verse characters (Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Ham, etc.) have been announced, but there is one shown at the end of the trailer, albeit briefly: Peter Parker.
If that is indeed the original Spider-Man, there’s only one logical choice to voice him: Andrew Garfield, who played Peter in Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man reboot. Following Raimi’s trilogy of films, Garfield was saddled with the rather tough burden of playing a young webhead, and Garfield did his best. The first Amazing film may not live up to its lofty adjective, but it’s a solid movie that works because of him and the chemistry he had with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. Unlike Toby Maguire, Garfield exuded the excitement and energy to come across as a teenager rather than a man in his 30s trying to act like one. He even managed to bring to life the playful Spider-snark Raimi’s films lacked.
As we know, Garfield’s planned tenure as Peter didn’t last beyond 2014’s Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony’s desire to cram as much sequel and spinoff bait as possible into the film effectively ended his future as a superhero and, pretty soon after, the franchise. Despite not being Garfield’s fault in any tangible way, the failure of Amazing came swiftly, to the mean-spirited delight of a number of fans. While Spider-Man 3 ended the Maguire-era Spidey’s story properly, Garfiel’ds version will remain forever adrift. And it’s Garfield’s unceremonious end that is exactly why he should voice the adult Peter in Spider-Verse. What’s more, the film could be used to officially or unofficially wrap up that film series’ story by making this Peter the same as the one Garfield played in live-action.
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