Andrew Garfield might have his time as Spider-Man all but over, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for him in the superhero landscape going forward. Once you’ve proven you can put on the tights in one franchise, that’s nearly all you need for proof-positive confirmation you can do it in another franchise. And that might just be the case with Garfield. Insider Daniel Richtman is reporting that Marvel’s Kevin Feige wants to bring Garfield into the Marvel Cinematic Universe fold as a different character. This would be an interesting casting but could make sense with the way Marvel is beginning to expand its current group of stories.
Richtman says that Feige’s interest in Andrew Garfield as a new superhero would be thanks to the Multiverse which is quickly establishing that literally anything is possible with characters, storylines, transformations, deaths, rebirths, and any other plot hurdle which might have existed in the past. Just because Andrew Garfield played Spider-Man in a different franchise doesn’t automatically exclude him from joining on as another hero. In fact, it almost seems to help.
And to expand on the rumor, Richtman also says that Andrew Garfield is interested in coming on board in some way, shape, or hero form and would like to work with Robert Downey Jr. in this next story. Now things are really ramping up considering RDJ’s Tony Stark appeared to bite the Infinity Gauntlet bullet with his single snap that restored the universe and eliminated Thanos. Bringing them both into a story would definitely be pushing the Multiverse limits.
Andrew Garfield of course got his superhero start when he played Peter Parker/ Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel when that franchise rebooted from the Tobey Maguire version in 2012. The two films were box office successes, totally over $1.2 billion in ticket sales and scoring moderately well with critics. There were more movies and stories planned with Garfield in the lead, but then Sony struck a deal with Marvel that would allow the character to enter the MCU. That meant resetting Peter Parker to Tom Holland and moving in a new direction.
There were rumors that Andrew Garfield would be reprising this Spider-Man role in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home which is set to ramp up the Multiverse to whole new levels. Nearly the entire catalog of the web slinger’s villains are coming back into the fold with the formation of the Sinister Six. That’s going to include Willam Defoe’s Green Goblin, Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, Michael Keaton as Vulture, and Jamie Foxx’s Electro among others. But Garfield has denied involvement in that film, meaning he’s not likely to make an appearance.
Whether Andrew Garfield actually does enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a different character remains to be seen. Sometimes these rumors are merely trial balloons to see if all parties are actually interested and if the fanbase wants to see a return. In the meantime, Garfield is set to star in the biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye. He’ll be playing televangelist Jim Bakker opposite Jessica Chastain who’ll play the titular Tammy Faye Bakker. It’s set to be released in September of this year.