After months of denying any involvement in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Andrew Garfield is finally breaking his silence on what it was like to suit up as the web-slinger after almost eight years. Speaking to Variety, the Tick, Tick Boom star revealed he’d love to play Spider-Man again if the story was solid. And who can blame him? Garfield stole almost every No Way Home scene he was in, proving that he is definitely an amazing Spider-Man.
“I mean, yes, [I’m] 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,” Andrew Garfield told the publication. “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.”
Since the multiverse was ripped open in Spider-Man: No Way Home, all three live-action iterations of Peter Parker were able to appear on-screen together. This presents Marvel and Sony with endless creative possibilities, where Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man can exist on his own. The actor last appeared as the superhero in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which ended on a low note when Gwen Stacy died.
Interestingly, it was this plot point that ultimately convinced Andrew Garfield to suit up for Spider-Man: No Way Home. “There were so many unanswered questions for my Peter, where we left it. I got to step back in and get some healing for him,” he told Variety. That healing came from his character saving MJ, the love interest of Holland’s Peter Parker, as she falls in the final act of the new movie.
The scene intentionally mirrors the climax of Amazing Spider-Man 2, in which Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacey falls off a bridge to her death when Spider-Man can’t get to her. But in the new movie, Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man reaches MJ in time. “My Spider-Man got to save his younger brother’s romantic relationship, and to heal the most traumatic moment of his own life by doing it for his younger brother.”
The moment when Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man sets MJ safely on her feet is the most heart-wrenching moment in No Way Home, with the hero choking back tears at the memory of his loss. “Making sure that [Holland’s Spider-Man] didn’t have the same fate, there’s something cosmically beautiful about that. It meant getting a second chance at saving Gwen.”
While Andrew Garfield’s fate as Spider-Man is still to be decided, fans can catch him alongside his web-slinging brothers in No Way Home. The film is Tom Holland’s third solo appearance as the famed Marvel superhero. Directed by Jon Watts, the film also stars Zendaya as MJ, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange.
The story essentially examines how Peter Parker’s life and reputation are turned upside down following his identity being exposed at the hands of Mysterio. Thankfully, his Spidey counterparts (played by Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire) show up to lend a hand. Interestingly, this is something that’s already happened in the comic book lore. In 2007 Marvel released One More Day, a four-part comic book crossover storyline, connecting the three main Spider-Men series published at the time. In this version, Peter’s attempt to restore his secret identity culminates in him making a deal with Mephisto.
Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Joe Quesada, the story arc concludes the fallout of Spider-Man’s actions during the 2007 Civil War crossover. One More Day starts in The Amazing Spider-Man #544, continues in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24 and The Sensational Spider-Man (vol. 2) #41, and concludes in The Amazing Spider-Man #545. Spider-Man: No Way Home starring Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire is currently in cinemas worldwide.