Will Andrew Garfield Return for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3?’

After the success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, rumors surfaced online suggesting that Sony Pictures Entertainment was gearing up for the production of The Amazing Spider-Man 3, featuring the return of Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging superhero. With the legacy of Garfield’s portrayal of Spider-Man and the anticipation surrounding the third installment, it’s no wonder that this news has generated significant buzz within the entertainment industry and among fans worldwide.

The Impact of Andrew Garfield’s Return

Andrew Garfield’s reprisal of his role as Spider-Man has sparked immense excitement and speculation among fans who hold a special place in their hearts for his interpretation of the iconic superhero. While some may argue that Garfield’s portrayal received mixed reviews during his tenure in the previous two movies, there is no denying his undeniable talent and ability to bring depth and complexity to the character.

Prior to the introduction of Tom Holland as Spider-Man in the MCU, Garfield’s portrayal of the character was discontinued on February 10, 2015, despite The Amazing Spider-Man 3 being in development. This decision was influenced by several factors, including the negative reception of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 by critics, which currently holds a 51% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and its underperformance at the box office, with an opening weekend of just $91 million.

The Fan Campaign

When Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man films were released they were not particularly well-received. At the time of their release, they were generally considered to be, at best, inferior to the Sam Raimi films and were noted for simply being made so Sony could hold on to the rights to the character. The second film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to meet Sony’s financial expectations and did not wow critics at all. This eventually resulted in the cancelation of the Amazing films and the start of Tom Holland’s version of the character being introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Since Andrew Garfield’s last appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, many have opted to reevaluate the films. This was helped by his appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home where both he and original star Tobey Maguire reprised their roles. Since then, fans have been campaigning for Sony to give Andrew Garfield a third solo film that would wrap up his Amazing story. Sony has, thus far, not announced any plans for a third film, and Garfield himself currently has no plans to return. 

The Anticipation Builds

As news of Andrew Garfield’s involvement in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 continues to spread amongst fan sites, anticipation and excitement among fans are reaching new heights, especially after Spider-Man: No Way Home. Speculations regarding the plot, potential cameos, and the overall direction of the film have taken the internet by storm, creating a whirlwind of theories and fan discussions.

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A Glimpse into the Future: The Plot

While concrete details about the plot of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 are scarce at this early stage, online rumors previously suggested that the film will delve deeper into the multiverse, exploring the concept of alternate realities and interdimensional travel. This narrative approach opens up endless possibilities, allowing the story to seamlessly connect with other beloved characters and storylines from the Marvel universe. The combination of nostalgic appeal, strategic decision-making, and the anticipation surrounding the film’s plot will undoubtedly make it a highly anticipated release.

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Will Andrew Garfield Return & Finish the Trilogy?

As much as fans want this to be true, according sources with knowledge of the project, unfortunately there is currently no deal for Garfield to return, nor is The Amazing Spider-Man 3 even in development at Sony Pictures.

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The actor has come to the decision to spend some time away from acting after his recent performance in Under the Banner of Heaven, which sees him playing a Mormon detective investigating a brutal murder committed by religious fundamentalists. Explorations of religious belief have formed a key element of many of Andrew Garfield’s films, including Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, despite the actor not being religious himself.

Speaking to Variety, Andrew Garfield revealed that he plans “to rest for a little bit,” after what has undoubtedly been a busy period, following appearances in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Tick, Tick… Boom!, Spider-Man: No Way Home and now Under the Banner of Heaven. Garfield explained:

“I need to recalibrate and reconsider what I want to do next and who I want to be and just be a bit of a person for awhile. Because as you know, that is a washing machine, that awards season … I need to just be a bit ordinary for a while.”

After Andrew Garfield’s string of recent performances in critically acclaimed projects – Tick, Tick… Boom! landed the former Spider-Man his second Oscar nomination – his plan to get a bit of a break from the world of acting is entirely understandable.