By Stephen Ippolito | January 6th, 2022
Three weeks after it opened to insane box office numbers, Andrew Garfield has finally spoken about making his return as Peter Parker (AKA Spider-Man) in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In an exclusive interview with Variety, The Amazing Spider-Man actor talked about returning to the franchise.
“I wasn’t expecting to ever have a conversation again about potentially playing Peter Parker. I felt very excited to just to be a fan again. But I got this call from Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige and Jon Watts with this idea. It was immediately undeniable. It sounded incredibly fun, incredibly spiritual — trippy and thematically interesting. On a base level, as a Spider-Man fan, just the idea of seeing three Spider-Men in the same frame was enough.”
Garfield was of course, joined in the film by the first big-screen web swinger Tobey Maguire. Later in the interview, Garfield talked about what it was like to work with him and the current Spider-Man, Tom Holland.
“I think the first time we were all in the suit together, it was hilarious because it’s like just three ordinary dudes who were just actors just hanging out. But then also, you just become a fan and say, “Oh my god we’re all together in the suits and we’re doing the pointing thing!” There was talk about going to the bathroom and, you know, padding around the package. We talked about what worked for each of us. Tom was jealous because I have little zippers in my suit that I can get my hands out of very easily. To work his phone, he had to use his nose because he couldn’t access his hands. We would have deeper conversations, too, and talk about our experiences with the character. And to have Amy Pascal there, who has seen through nine movies, including “Spider-Verse.” It was a revelatory experience for her, realizing how much life and time she’d given to this character. That was beautiful and profound.”
Garfield also revealed that the now-famous moment where he’s huddling with the other Peter’s and says “I love you guys” was something he improvised on set. He also said that he and Maguire’s filming took around two weeks.
Since the movie’s release, fans have been campaigning online to get Sony to make The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Garfield was asked if he would be open to coming back again.
“I mean, yes, definitely open to something if it felt right. Peter and Spider-Man, those characters are all about service, to the greater good and the many. He’s a working-class boy from Queens that knows struggle and loss and is deeply empathetic. I would try to borrow Peter Parker’s ethical framework in that, if there was an opportunity to step back in and tell more of that story, I would have to feel very sure and certain in myself.”
With more Holland Spider-Man films likely to come, I don’t see the studio making The Amazing Spider-Man 3. However, I can definitely see Garfield’s Parker showing up in a future Sony’s Spider-Man Universe film (Venom, Morbius, Kraven the Hunter). If Sony and Disney continue to play nice, I could even see him showing up in a future MCU film. Secret Wars, perhaps?
Where do you want to see Garfield’s Spider-Man show up next?