The Spider-Man franchise is moving on without Andrew Garfield. And you know what? Garfield isn’t really sad at all.
In fact, he told Fandango he’s actually kind of relieved to have moved on.
“To be honest, I would not have been able to work with Mel Gibson and Martin Scorsese if I had done Spider-Man 3. I’m incredibly grateful that I get to now go and watch another man play Spider-Man who I think is a fantastic actor in Tom Holland.”
Garfield appeared in two of the most recent Spider-Man films in the franchise, which was inexplicably more a less a reboot of the Spider-Man films Sony produced with Tobey Maguire a year before.
Maguire departed after 2007’s Spider-Man 3 along with director Sam Raimi after Sony’s Columbia Pictures and Marvel rejected a number of story ideas that would’ve created a fourth film. Instead, the two studios felt a reboot was in order, and once again a Spider-Man origin story was created, this time with Garfield, exactly 10 years after the first time fans were given an origin story.
Despite the familiar territory, Garfield’s reboot with director Marc Webb earned $757.9 million worldwide, compared to $821.7 million a decade before. It was the North American ticket sales that troubled Sony and Marvel, however. The Amazing Spider-Man earned $262 million domestically, compared to $403.7 million from the first one.
When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 bowed in 2014, things got even worse. Worldwide ticket sales had dropped to $709 million, and American audiences barely helped it break $200 million at the box office.
Sony and Marvel had to re-think the Spider-Man franchise, with executives eventually deciding it was time to bring our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man into the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plans were made to introduce Spider-Man in a different Marvel film (Captain America: Civil War) and cast a younger actor, 20-year-old actor and dancer Tom Holland.
Garfield, in fact, is excited that although he was replaced with a younger actor, Spider-Man is now in the MCU thanks to the new deal between Sony and Marvel.
“If I am being totally honest, I am so excited Spider-Man is back in the hands of Marvel. I think that’s a really awesome move. It was a move that I’ve been advocating since I was offered the Spider-Man gig five or six years ago.
“I’m also excited for Tom Holland. I think he’s a very emotional, truthful, funny, physical actor, and I love the filmmaker. It all really couldn’t be in better hands. I’m really stoked for it.”
Since leaving the Spider-Man franchise, Garfield has been working on two films, including one – in Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge – Fandango thinks could put Garfield into talks for Oscar consideration. His other film, Scorsese’s Silence is planned for a Christmas release.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, from Clown director Jon Watts, hits theaters next July.
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