Andrew Garfield Isn’t Playing Spider-Man Anymore; Why He Was Let Go By Sony?

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Andrew Garfield was among the actors who had the chance to play Spider-Man on the big screen. With Tom Holland's third film Spider-Man: No Way Home coming up, fans are wondering if he will also appear in the film especially that the superhero flick will be using the multiverse concept.

The No Way Home trailer sparked rumors that Tobey Maguire is part of the movie because Dr. Octopus (Alfred Molina), the web-sling superhero's nemesis in Spider-Man 2 appears in the recent trailer. However, Garfield denied any involvement in the film.

Why Andrew Garfield isn't playing Spider-Man anymore?

Garfield addressed the rumors about his presence in Holland's upcoming film. He understood that fans were freaking out about the possibility of seeing three Spider-Man — Maguire, Garfield and Holland — in No Way Home. However, he made it clear that he is not part of the upcoming movie.

" It's important for me to say on the record that this is not something I'm aware I am involved in. But I know I'm not going to be able to say anything that will convince anyone that I don't know what's happening. No matter what I say, I'm f--ked. It's either going to be really disappointing for people or it's going to be really exciting," he told Variety.

It was not the first time he denied his involvement in the upcoming Spider-Man film. In his interview with Josh Horowitz for the Happy Sad Confused podcast in May, Garfield said no one contacted him to be part of Holland's Spider-Man: No Way Home.

"I wish I could just be able to speak to everyone and say, like, I recommend that you chill. I can't speak for anything else apart from myself, they might be doing something. But I ain't got a call," he explained.

Why Sony let go of Andrew Garfield in the Spider-Man franchise

Garfield was able to do two Spider-Man movies. He starred in The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 and its sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014.

According to Looper, Sony let of Garfield for several reasons. First, while the first film did well, the sequel did not outperform it. There was a box office slippage.

The Amazing Spider-Man made $757 million gross worldwide. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 only made $709 million worldwide and it was outstripped by its competitors including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Second, he reportedly failed to show in an important event. Garfield failed to appear at an event in Rio de Janeiro where The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was supposed to be announced for a 2016 release.

"Here we are about one hour away from our Gala event and Andrew decides he doesn't want to attend. He has a rather scruffy beard and he just wants to be left alone," a leaked email from Sony chief Kaz Hirai read.

His absence at the event was allegedly taken as a snub. So, he was removed from the franchise.

Holland made his Spider-Man debut in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. In 2017, the 25-year-old actor starred in his first solo film Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Despite not being invited for the upcoming superhero movie in which he previously starred, Garfield was happy to be given the opportunity to play Spider-Man at some point in his life. His mom who was diagnosed with cancer handmade him a Spider-Man costume out of felt when he was just 3. His mom passed away in 2019.

He said the experience was "beautiful." He added that the movie paved a way for him to meet and work with his former girlfriend Emma Stone.