How Andrew Garfield Became an Unexpected Favorite Marvel Movie Spider-Man

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home, in theaters now.

With Spider-Man: No Way Home seeing the return of classic characters, the one who's received the most attention by far is Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man. While every returning character is a welcome sight, seeing Garfield once more has resulted in fan outcries for more of his Spidey. With multiple Twitter trends and petitions calling for his return, fans demand to see him once more in either the Marvel Cinematic Universe or in a long-awaited Amazing Spider-Man 3.

The Amazing Spider-Man movies have a lot to love, but overall they received mostly mixed opinions. The first movie earned a rating of 72 percent on the review site Rotten Tomatoes, with comments mentioning its charm but dragged-out plot. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 received only 52 percent, as critics commented on the messy story and underdeveloped villains. Because of the performance and behind-the-scenes conflicts, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was canceled, along with every planned movie in the cinematic universe.

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Despite the glaring issues with the two movies, most agree that Andrew Garfield was not one of them. At first, there was criticism over him being too charming and charismatic to portray the nerdy Peter Parker, however, Garfield really made the character his own and gave a great performance. He felt like an outcast who struggled to balance the relationships of Peter Parker with the responsibilities of Spider-Man, which is one of the most integral parts of the character.

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2's ending, Peter loses Gwen Stacy after she falls from a clocktower, all while fighting with Green Goblin. Struck by grief, Spider-Man goes into exile for a long time, before making his grand return to the streets of New York to battle the Rhino. Even though the ending had some sense of finality, it definitely felt like there was more story to be told, and it felt unfair that Garfield's portrayal should be cut short.

With the introduction and success of Tom Holland's Spider-Man, it seemed certain that Garfield would never return. Yet Spider-Man: No Way Home not only re-introduced each live-action Spider-Man, but it also did so in a way that was satisfying and felt right. And so, with the reigniting of The Amazing Spider-Man's fandom, fans are louder than ever with demands for The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

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While many agree it would be nice to see a more satisfying ending to Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man, at least he got a complete trilogy. In contrast, The Amazing Spider-Man feels incomplete with just two movies, and with Garfield showing he's still up for playing the character, it feels like a final chance to give him a proper send-off. With trends such as #MakeTASM3 trending on Twitter, numerous Andrew Garfield art posts and even heavily-signed petitions, fans are putting on the pressure to greenlight a new movie.

No Way Home even offered hints as to how Garfield's Spider-Man has been over the past few years. As he explains how he lost Gwen, Peter says, "At some point, I just stopped pulling my punches. I got rageful, I got bitter..." which suggests a darker Spider-Man that was never seen. And so, while No Way Home was a delightful surprise for fans, many won't be satisfied until they see this version of Spider-Man on the big screen once more.

To see Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man return, Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently in theaters.

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Ben has taken a 'Film Production & Cinematography' university course, and recently completed a 'Scriptwriting' masters course, both completed at Bournemouth University. Throughout the courses, he has worked on a number of short films and documentaries. And found that his passion lays in scriptwriting, where he can combine his love of movies, writing, and storytelling. With taking courses involving film, Ben has extensive knowledge of movies both new and old, and keeps up to date on all the latest goings-on in the film industry. Especially within his favourite franchises, such as Star Wars. In his spare time, Ben is usually watching movies, playing games and running D&D games for friends (and hopes to one day actually be a player).

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