While it’s a little too far to suggest he’s bitter, Andrew Garfield’s feelings from his departure as Spider-Man have been evident ever since he was effectively ousted from the role.
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4 had release dates secured before the plug was fully pulled, while Drew Goddard was set to write and direct a Sinister Six spinoff. Garfield revealed that he had numerous conflicts with Sony throughout the making of his two solo adventures, but at least Marvel’s No Way Home provided him closure in the MCU.
Of course, that isn’t enough for those urging him to get a third standalone blockbuster or a recurring role in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, but the Oscar nominee hinted in an interview. with Variety how he was convinced to return in the first place.
“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.
As a Spider-Man fan, the concept of seeing three Spider-Men in the same frame is appealing on its own. The offer was incredibly alluring. They said, ‘You played this character in your way and what would you want to explore if you had an opportunity? If you were dumped into this other universe and faced with this younger you and this older you, how will you respond?’”
It appears that the creators of The Amazing Spider-Man, Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, weren’t interested in simple fan service, allowing Garfield to portray the character in the way he’d always imagined on a smaller scale. It would be an understatement to describe it as a success for everyone involved; with fans clamoring for more from The Amazing Spider-Man.