Was Andrew Garfield ever asked by Marvel Studios to reprise the role of Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? The answer more than likely won’t surprise you. “No,” he confirmed in a recent interview. “To be honest [pauses], all the ins and outs of what happened is a more tender conversation that maybe I don’t want to talk about in public in a press situation. But all I can say is that I’m stoked to go and watch a Marvel film of Spider-Man.”
It doesn’t sound like things ended well between the actor and Sony, but that’s not hard to understand given how he was unceremoniously dropped from the franchise.
However, Garfield doesn’t appear to have any hard feelings and is actually excited to see where Kevin Feige takes the character. “I’m really, really grateful for the whole ride of it. And I’m really excited for the next one. I’ve been petitioning to hook up with Marvel since the beginning, so I’m really glad they’re finally doing it.”
Back when producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach were promoting The Amazing Spider-Man 2, they were both adamant that Spider-Man would never join The Avengers on their watch. As a result, the actor’s pleas likely fell on deaf ears, but the failure of the sequel is obviously what led to Sony reconsidering. Before that happened, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was of course in the early stages of production, and Garfield has shed some light on the direction it was heading in.
“I was actually starting to workshop ideas with Alex Kurtzman, who was going to be writing it. We thought to kind of start from the base level, the foundational level of where have we left Peter and where do we want to see him go and what’s logical. And how do we build upon where we left off with this deep, desperate moment with Gwen? So, yeah, we got to some pretty heavy places and I was really excited to kind of explore it and be involved on the ground level like that. But, anyway, it wasn’t meant to be. As I say, I’m just really excited that I get to watch.”