With two films from big name directors out at the same time (Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence”), Andrew Garfield has had plenty of opportunities in recent months to both discuss his upcoming films and his previous stint as Spider-Man. Garfield starred in 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and 2014’s sequel, before Sony and Marvel agreed to share the character thus resulting in the casting of a new Spidey (Tom Holland) so the character could play in the Marvel movie-verse.
In a new interview with the Guardian, Garfield addressed a rumor stating that he was “let go” from the franchise because he missed an event in Brazil. According to an email released as part of the 2015 Sony hack, “Amazing Spider-Man 3” was going to be announced by Sony’s Kaz Hirai at the summer 2014 event, but Garfield was a no show. Garfield has said he missed the event because of jetlag, not because he wanted out of the franchise. When asked by the Guardian if he self-sabotaged himself to get out of the role, he answered with a laugh, “No, I don’t think so… What I’ll proudly say is that I didn’t compromise who I was, I was only ever myself. And that might have been difficult for some people.”
Garfield also recently told Variety that his experience with the “Amazing Spider-Man” films left him “heartbroken.” “I signed up to serve the story,” said Garfield, “and to serve this incredible character that I’ve been dressing as since I was three, and then it gets compromised and it breaks your heart. I got heartbroken a little bit to a certain degree.”
It’s also worth pointing out that other hacked emails revealed that Marvel and Sony were discussing bringing the web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe around that time as well. In February 2015, Marvel and Sony announced a new deal to share the character, thus bringing Spider-Man into the MCU officially — a move that necessitated them recasting the role with Tom Holland.
Garfield also told the Guardian that he might have overthought his role as Spider-Man, saying that he saw the character as a modern myth. “I’d been reading the mythologists Joseph Campbell and James Hillman. And when I took on Spider-Man, I thought, ‘Holy shit! This is exquisite and terrifying and incredible. I have been given the responsibility of reaching my hand out from the big screen and putting it on [young boys’] shoulders. That is a gift for me and a big burden to carry. And I’m so up for it.’ I thought, if I can infuse all this ancient knowledge and wisdom into [Spider-Man], it could be profoundly affecting for young people in the audience. That was always my intention and what I tried to do.” Garfield agreed that his lofty goals were a bit naive. “I was 25 and I was naive – not because of that, but because I was naive to the whole process of making one of those big-budget films.”
Marvel’s next Spider-Man film, titled “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.
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