Andrew Garfield Talks Moving On From Spider-Man

By August 16, 2015

Although Andrew Garfield’s tenure as Marvel Comics’ arguably most popular hero may have been shortened a bit, the actor doesn’t seem to fazed about leaving the Webhead behind. In fact, he seems pretty okay with it.

Speaking with “Entertainment Tonight,” Garfield had nothing but kind words for the young actor who will be succeeding him in the role, Tom Holland, who will make his debut as Peter Parker next May in Captain America: Civil War. He said,

It feels lovely, especially because Tom Holland is a really, really great actor. He was in this movie The Impossible and he was just this incredibly powerful, sensitive, just wonderful young actor. And [he’s] a dancer, so his body’s the right [form].

Garfield — who is probably the biggest Spider-Man fan to be cast as the superhero — also seems to be happy to turn over the part to someone else, because that means he can now enjoy the character’s next cinematic adventure as a fan once again. On that, his sentiments were both simple and understandable when he said,

I’m just really excited to just be a fan again as opposed to bearing the weight of it.

Garfield played Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the most recent set of films — 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — both directed by Marc Webb. His performances in both films were generally praised for bringing some of the comic book style swagger and irreverence to the forefront of the recent films, and critics were electrified in both films by his on-screen chemistry with real-life girlfriend Emma Stone, who played Gwen Stacy in both films.

While The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s box office take and critical reception were considered disappointments by Sony Pictures — and may have led a more direct path to the current deal between Sony and Marvel Studios to bring the character into the same cinematic universe as the Avengers — Garfield’s performance was most certainly not an element of the majority of the sequel film’s criticism.

Tom Holland’s first appearance as Spider-Man in Civil War will give way to a co-produced reboot film between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios that is expected to hit theaters in the summer of 2017. For more on the future of Spider-Man as it develops further, keep it locked on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.