Andrew Garfield Turned Down Spider-Man Return

Ryan Leston
·UK Movies Writer

An all-new Spider-Man is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe… but it looks as though Andrew Garfield may have turned down the chance to reprise his role.

While details continue to surface about Marvel and Sony’s ‘Spider-Man’ deal, it seems that one thing is for certain – Andrew Garfield won’t be back as Peter Parker. But while many of us fans assumed that Garfield had been given a raw deal, it looks as though he may have opted to sit this one out…

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According to The Daily Beast, the 31-year-old ‘Spider-Man’ actor could have continued as Marvel’s favourite webslinger… but it seems he may have turned down the chance to return.

“Garfield had discussions about continuing his involvement in the surprise new Spidey venture announced by Sony and Marvel late Monday night,” they revealed. “But ultimately it didn’t make sense to keep him for what will be a new chapter for Spider-Man… The role will be recast as Sony and Marvel look to reboot the character, yet again.”

Of course, this hasn’t been confirmed by either Marvel or Sony… and as such, it’s just a rumour. But perhaps there’s some truth to it.

Given the largely positive response to Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man, I can’t help thinking that it may have made some sense to keep him on. After all, many of the criticisms aimed at ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and its sequel are to do with script issues.

And I happen to think that despite this, Andrew Garfield was a very memorable Peter Parker.

Of course, given the critical response to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, I wouldn’t be surprised if Garfield was reluctant to suit up for Marvel and Sony’s joint venture - especially if that means running the risk of coming under fire once again in Sony’s next ‘Spider-Man’.

But would he really turn down the chance to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

That’s the only part that bothers me about this rumour. Andrew Garfield is such a fan of the comic books, that I can’t help thinking he’d jump at the chance to join Iron Man, Cap and the rest of the Avengers on the big screen.

Either way, it looks as though Garfield is out… and the hunt is likely on to find his replacement. Given that Sony and Marvel are reportedly looking for a younger Spider-Man, it looks as though Garfield’s exit has given them chance to find a longer-lasting Peter Parker.

But who will take over the role? For now, we’ll have to wait and see.

The next ‘Spider-Man’ movie heads to cinemas on 28 July 2017.

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