Andrew Garfield opens up about playing Peter Parker again in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

In a Variety interview published Thursday, the former web-slinger opened up about his return to the franchise, in which he teamed up with veteran Spider-Man Tobey Maguire in helping Tom Holland’s Peter Parker save the multiverse.

In the run-up to the release of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in December, Garfield continually rejected speculations from Marvel fans that he would appear in the film. During an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in September, he even went so far as to insist that a viral image of him on set with Maguire was false.

Garfield’s incarnation of Spider-Man debuted in 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man”. His spider senses tingled again two years later when he reprized the role in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The sequel ended on a sad note with the death of his love interest, Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone.

According to Garfield, “I didn’t expect to have a conversation about the possibility of playing Peter Parker again,” but a phone call from producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal and director Jon Watts offering Garfield a shot at redemption changed everything.

In “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Garfield’s Spider-Man is able to save Holland’s love interest, MJ, played by Zendaya. This plot cemented Garfield’s decision to return to the franchise.

“There were so many unanswered questions for my Peter, where did we leave him. I was able to step back and heal him,” the 38-year-old star told Variety.

He added that returning to the franchise allowed his character to “heal the most traumatic moment” and there is something “cosmically beautiful” about his character getting a second chance to save Gwen.

Garfield, whose acting credits “tick, tick … BOOM!”, “Hacksaw Ridge” and “The Social Network” also revealed that he would definitely welcome the opportunity to dress up as Spider-Man again “if it felt right.”

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Speaking about portraying the iconic teenager turned superhero, he said: “Peter and Spider-Man, those characters are all about service, for the common good and for the majority. He’s a working-class kid from Queens who knows wrestling and loss and he’s deeply empathetic. I’d try to borrow Peter Parker’s ethical framework in the sense that if I had the opportunity to step back and tell more of that story, I would have to feel very secure and sure of myself. ”

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” made history when it became the second highest opening film after earning a record $ 260 million at the domestic box office.

Only “Avengers: Endgame” of 2019, one of the biggest box office hits of all time, opened to higher numbers.

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