While there was plenty of drama backstage Friday night at Sony's Amazing Spider-Man presentation, inside Hall H it was an entirely different matter. There, star Andrew Garfield surprised the Comic-Con International audience by appearing at the Q&A microphone dressed in a store-bought Spider-Man costume.
But what at first seemed like a gag quickly transformed into something else, something incredibly moving, as the actor, breathless and his voice quivering, read a heartfelt speech to the crowd about what Spider-Man meant to him as a kid.
"Peter Parker has inspired me to feel stronger," Garfield said. "He made me, Andrew, braver. He reassured me that by doing the right thing, it's worth it, it's worth the struggle, it's worth the pain, it's worth even the tears, the bruises and the blood. And I wouldn't be able to stand here in front of you guys right now without feeling that Spider-Man was here with me, with his reassuring hand on my shoulder making sure I don't fall over and concuss myself."
It's a moving video that, I confess, made me tear up a little. Watch it for yourself below.
Directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man also stars Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Denis Leary, Chris Zylka, Campbell Scott, C. Thomas Howell, Julianne Nicholson and Annie Parisse. It opens July 3, 2012.