After months of rumors, speculations, and denials, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire officially made their return in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Their comeback certainly delighted fans and reminded them of their love for the past Spider-Man films and their iterations of the character. There are now even petitions for them to return for their respective solo film.
Now, weeks after the release of the film, Garfield finally addressed his triumphant return in Spider-Man: No Way Home during an interview with Variety in which he discussed how he was approached to return, his experience working on the film with Maguire and Tom Holland, and the memorable line that he improvised.
"I wasn’t expecting to ever have a conversation again about potentially playing Peter Parker. I felt very excited to just to be a fan again," he said. "But I got this call from Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige and Jon Watts with this idea. It was immediately undeniable. It sounded incredibly fun, incredibly spiritual — trippy and thematically interesting. On a base level, as a Spider-Man fan, just the idea of seeing three Spider-Men in the same frame was enough."
He continued, "The pitch was really, really enticing. They said, “You played this character in your way and what would you want to explore if you had an opportunity? If you were dumped into this other universe and faced with this younger you and this older you, how will you respond?"
Garfield also discussed his character's redemption for failing to save Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He said, "We were shooting for two weeks, Tobey and I, but I think we managed to achieve something that is not just showing up and going, “Hi! Bye!” My Spider-Man got to save his younger brother’s romantic relationship, potentially. And to heal the most traumatic moment of his own life through doing it for his younger brother. Making sure that he didn’t have the same fate, there’s something cosmically beautiful about that. It meant getting a second chance at saving Gwen."
He also praised his co-star Zendaya's take on MJ, "You know, the spirit that Zendaya brings to MJ is so heartfelt and pure and loving, and Emma [Stone] brought that similar unique spirit to Gwen."
In terms of his experience working with the other Spider-Men, he has nothing but positive things to say about it. "I think the first time we were all in the suit together, it was hilarious because it’s like just three ordinary dudes who were just actors just hanging out," he shared. "But then also, you just become a fan and say, “Oh my god we’re all together in the suits and we’re doing the pointing thing!” There was talk about going to the bathroom and, you know, padding around the package. We talked about what worked for each of us."
He also revealed a memorable line during the climax of the film that he actually improvised, "There’s a line I improvised in the movie, looking at [Maguire and Holland] and I tell them I love them. That was just me loving them."
It is great that Garfield finally addressed his appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home which he denied a lot of times prior to the release. It sounds like he really had a great time working on the film and you can feel his joy in returning to the role after his run ended abruptly after the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Hopefully, we'll also get to hear Maguire's insights soon and find out what he also felt about returning to the role after 14 years.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is still showing in theaters everywhere. You can also check out our streaming guide for the film here.