A similar thought would have hit our brain cells on Why was the role of Spider-Man taken away from Andrew Garfield? Was The Amazing Spider-Man backlash the reason for replacing him with Tom Holland? Well, read ahead to clear all your doubts.
The lukewarm box office reception of The Spider-Man 2 stalled Sony’s plan on expanding the series. However, one particular incident involving star Andrew Garfield also contributed in the termination of the franchise.
After an infamous Sony hack of 2014, it was revealed in an email that the actor had to let go from the role after he failed to show up at an event where Sony chief Kaz Hirai was supposedly gonna announce The Amazing Spider-Man 3 for 2017 release. They were also unhappy with the reviews and poor box office figures of The Spider-Man 2.
Garfield stated that he couldn’t turn up because of his illness. He had just arrived in Rio and said he had sickness due to jetlag and wouldn’t be able to attend.
According to a report, the email read, “Here we are about one hour away from our Gala event and Andrew decides he doesn’t want to attend. He has a rather scruffy beard and he just wants to be left alone.”
To fact check this, Andrew Garfield was asked if he was fired from the role, to which he told The Guardian in 2016 that, “No, I don’t think so. What I’ll proudly say is that I didn’t compromise who I was, I was only ever myself. And that might have been difficult for some people.”
Garfield has always been candid about his performance in Spider-Man 2 and not coy about assigning blame on the studio interference in which the film had to go through the cutting of deep and intense scenes that explored his character Peter Parker, was dropped from the franchise.
He told the Daily Bast in 2014, “I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it – because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related. Once you start removing things and saying, ‘No, that doesn’t work,’ then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story.”
Garfield told Amy Adams in Variety,s ‘Actors on Actors’ series in November 2016 that, “I signed up to serve the story and serve this incredible character that I’ve been dressing as since I was three, and then it gets compromised and it breaks your heart. I got heartbroken a little bit.”
Unfortunately, Andrew Garfield’s journey as Spider-Man came to a standstill with the sequel of The Amazing Spider-Man. Actor Tom-Holland stepped in and since then has played as Spider-Man in two solo films, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: End Game. Sony has started its own shared universe of Marvel characters and Garfield has appeared in acclaimed films such as Hacksaw Ridge and Silence.