Andrew Garfield On His SPIDER-MAN Future & Miles Morales
Despite some so-so reviews, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is raking in the money at the international box offices, bringing in over $132 million so far. The film is set to open in the US this weekend, so it should be interesting to see if that success continues. A third film is already in the works, with Marc Webb set to take the helm one final time. The star of the rebooted series, Andrew Garfield, will also be returning, and as it stands right now, it will be a final time for him as well, as his contract was for three films. It’s no secret that Garfield is a fan of the Spider-Man character and many feel that he’s done a great job with the character, but what does the future hold for the young actor and this role?
In a recent chat with Comic Book Resources, Garfield discussed what we can expect from his arc as Peter Parker and whether or not he’s interested in coming back for more films in the future.
I don’t know. All I know is that these movies are big, and they take a really long time to make. They take a lot of time and energy and passion and love — which I give as freely as I possibly can, and as wholly as I possibly can. I know that all I want to make sure of is that this is a complete set. I don’t want it to be things like — I want it to feel like a circle. I want the two ends to join, somehow. I don’t know what that means, yet. I don’t know what that means in terms of the quantity of Spider-Man movies I do. But I know that I don’t particularly want to be a 40-year-old Spider-Man. [Laughs] I do know that time is fleeting.
One thing we as fans don’t want to see is another reboot in a few years. However, I don’t see that happening as Sony is in the process of expanding the universe of Spider-Man, starting off with a Sinister Six film, which is expected to be set up in a way in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Along with that, you have a planned Venom film, which will keep the focus on the darker things for a while. But, Sony also has plans for more Spidey flicks, as many as six total in the coming years. It is rumored that Sinister Six and Venom will come before a fourth Spider-Man, so that gives Sony some time to figure things out. One option they have is to pass the torch from Peter Parker to the ground-breaking Miles Morales, who took on the Spider-Man mantle after the death of Parker. Andrew Garfield weighed in on that idea as well.
I think one of the amazing things about Spider-Man is that you don’t see skin color when he’s in the suit. You don’t see any religious beliefs. You don’t see any denominations. Everyone can project themselves into that suit. It’s incredibly powerful in that way. So of course I think it’s important that the openness, the casting, in terms of who could be Spider-Man, could be absolutely anyone. A hero is a hero, whether you’re a man, woman, gay, lesbian, straight, black, white or red all over — it doesn’t matter.
Miles Morales was a huge moment in this character’s comic book life. And I do believe that we can do that. It’s something I’m really interested in figuring out; an eloquent way of coexisting, or passing on the torch. I don’t have an answer, but I think it’s actually a really important move. I think it’s a really beautiful and important move.
Needless to say, that’d be a pretty ballsy move to do that. One thing to keep in mind, however, is the timeline we’re currently working with. The events that have taken place so far, and the expected results in the upcoming sequel, all take place early on in Parker’s stint as the wall-crawler. We still have quite a bit of story to cover, including the introduction of Mary Jane Watson, whom Peter eventually marries. Introducing Morales so soon, would require the omission of a lot of stories and events.
Anyway, what say you fans? Do they recast Peter Parker after the third film or do they move on to Miles Morales? Be sure to check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this weekend, which sees Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Sally Field join Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper and Colm Feore in the anticipated sequel.
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