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We Now Understand Why Andrew Garfield Was Replaced As Spider-Man

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  • Anyone who gets to play Spider-Man is living a dream come true.
  • Unfortunately, for Andrew Garfield, that dream was brief.
  • Why was his tenure as Peter Parker so short?
  • The answer, as always, is complicated.
  • Unwilling to compromise
  • The best characters often come from actors with a concrete vision, who can turn stories,
  • experiences, and research into a coherent whole.
  • Garfield believed in the power of this process as fervently as a 25-year-old rookie actor
  • could.
  • After the series' cancellation, he told The Guardian about the work he'd put in behind
  • the scenes to do right by the character:
  • “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.”
  • Unfortunately, the studio didn't agree.
  • The cutting of character-centric scenes, the promotion of Garfield as a celebrity, and
  • the ultimate reality of The Amazing Spider-Man as a blockbuster series made Garfield's high-brow
  • ideas unsustainable.
  • He has, at least, made piece with this rift, telling The Guardian in the same interview:
  • "What I'll proudly say is that I didn't compromise who I was, I was only ever myself."
  • Aiming higher
  • Andrew Garfield is an actor's actor, and that means he was never going to be satisfied working
  • entirely in superhero blockbusters.
  • Ever since Tom Holland took up the webbed suit to flip and quip his way through the
  • MCU's sprawling saga, Garfield has devoted himself almost entirely to cerebral, arthouse
  • cinema.
  • 2016 saw him take part in Martin Scorsese's Silence, in which he played a 17th-century
  • Jesuit priest.
  • In 2017, he played a Polio survivor in the biopic Breathe.
  • Most recently, he starred in Under the Silver Lake, a neo-noir that takes his character
  • across Los Angeles in pursuit of conspiracy.
  • If the end of Spider-Man pushed Garfield into this kind of work, its as much a blessing
  • as it is a curse - and perhaps Garfield himself feels the same way.
  • A little too cool
  • Peter Parker is a consummate nerd.
  • In his debut in Amazing Fantasy #15, he's bitten by a radioactive spider because he's
  • visiting a lab after school.
  • Peter Parker just loves science so dearly that he likes to spend his time discussing
  • the finer points of atomic energy.
  • Christened "Midtown High's only professional wallflower" on the very first panel he ever
  • appeared in, he's a geek before he ever gets the power to climb walls and swing across
  • New York.
  • Sure, The Amazing Spider-Man movies inform us of Peter's nerdery, but what we actually
  • see looks very different.
  • Of the three actors who make up Spidey's big-screen presence, Garfield is the one whose handsome
  • looks weren't toned down at all.
  • Garfield's Peter Parker skateboards and broods with a charisma that's entirely too cool.
  • Maguire's Spidey loved to talk chemistry, and Holland's gets together with his best
  • friend Ned to build LEGO models of the Death Star.
  • But you can't really picture Garfield's Spider-Man doing much in the geek arena beyond maybe
  • playing the occasional round of Mortal Kombat.
  • He's just too cool, and when it comes to Spider-Man, that's a fatal flaw.
  • Competing with the MCU
  • The MCU debuted in 2008 with the explosive arrival of Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark
  • in Iron Man.
  • By 2012, Marvel Studios had pulled its team together in The Avengers, a blockbuster event
  • that would usher in what we might just one day call the "Marvel Age" of movies.
  • And, oh yeah, Spider-Man was there too.
  • Of course, with Sony holding the movie rights to the character, he remained trapped in his
  • own cinematic universe.
  • Though Amazing Spider-Man did well at the box office, the fact remained that it was
  • completely eclipsed by the other Marvel-based movie to come out that year.
  • Plus, the MCU was demonstrating far more staying power than Sony's spider-flicks.
  • In retrospect, the writing was very much on the wall: people were loving Marvel's sunny,
  • quip-laden vision of their own universe far more than with Sony's slick take on the iconic
  • webslinger.
  • As the years went on, Marvel built up more and more gravity and Spider-Man, the company's
  • flagship comic book hero, was pulled in and revamped by Tom Holland.
  • There was an inevitability to this process not even the best movie couldn't have thwarted…
  • and unfortunately, Garfield's films were far from the best.
  • Following Tobey Maguire
  • Director Sam Raimi's spin on Spider-Man feels like ancient history now.
  • But try not to let memories of Tobey Maguire dancing in the jazz club cloud your mind just
  • yet.
  • Instead, remember Alfred Molina's trailblazing performance as a villain at war with himself.
  • Remember Willem Dafoe's lunatic glee at being able to bombard Spider-Man with pumpkin-themed
  • bombs.
  • "Are you in or are you out?"
  • "You're the one who's out, Gobby.
  • Out of your mind!"
  • Remember Kirsten Dunst's warmhearted girl-next-door.
  • Remember the upside-down kiss, and perhaps above all, remember that iconic train rescue.
  • At the time, the world loved those movies.
  • Only five years separate the last of the Maguire trilogy from the first of the Garfield duo.
  • In some ways, that's a long time.
  • But it's not long enough for a generation to turn over.
  • Most kids who grew up with Maguire were barely into adulthood by the time Garfield rolled
  • around.
  • Maguire remained an A-list star, rather than an elder statesman passing down a beloved
  • role.
  • It was too soon for anyone to erase the mark left by the first trilogy from their minds,
  • too soon for there to be an organic desire for a new take on an old favorite.
  • And in the end, that's the desire a superhero flick lives and dies by.
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Anyone who gets to play Spider-Man is living a dream come true. Unfortunately, for Andrew Garfield, that dream was brief. Why was his tenure as Peter Parker so short? The answer, as always, is complicated.

The best characters often come from actors with a concrete vision, who can turn stories, experiences, and research into a coherent whole. Garfield believed in the power of this process as fervently as a 25-year-old rookie actor could. After the series' cancellation, he told The Guardian about the work he'd put in behind the scenes to do right by the character:

“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.”

Unfortunately, the studio didn't agree. The cutting of character-centric scenes, the promotion of Garfield as a celebrity, and the ultimate reality of The Amazing Spider-Man as a blockbuster series made Garfield's high-brow ideas unsustainable. He has, at least, made piece with this rift, telling The Guardian in the same interview:

"What I'll proudly say is that I didn't compromise who I was, I was only ever myself."

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Unwilling to compromise | #
Aiming higher | #
A little too cool | #
Competing with the MCU | #
Following Tobey Maguire | #