Andrew Garfield discusses the profound experience of getting to film scenes in Spider-Man: No Way Home alongside Tom Holland and Tobey Maguire.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Andrew Garfield discusses the emotional experience of getting to be the “middle brother” while filming scenes in Spider-Man: No Way Home. No Way Home is the third solo Spider-Man film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the eighth live-action Spider-Man since the turn of the millennium. It has been an explosive box office success, becoming the first pandemic film to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide in less than two weeks, and topping the domestic charts for three weekends in a row. While it remains to be seen if Spider-Man: No Way Home can beat its fellow MCU crossover hit Avengers: Endgame, by the end of its run, it’s already entered the top 10 for all-time domestic box office at #8, beating out 2012’s The Avengers.
The plot follows Tom Holland’s Peter Parker as he approaches Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to cast a spell that can make the world forgets his secret identity. However, the spell goes wrong, dragging in people who know that Peter Parker is Spider-Man from every universe, including former Spider-Man movie villains Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Lizard (Rhys Ifans), and Electro (Jamie Foxx). Luckily, the spell has also brought in two other iterations of Peter Parker to assist: Tobey Maguire from Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man trilogy, and Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man hero.
While speaking with ET, Andrew Garfield spoke very emotionally about having the opportunity to film the scenes with all three Spider-Man actors united. He explained how powerful it was to be wearing the suit alongside “my actual Spider-Man hero, Tobey Maguire, and the brilliant, incredibly talented, heartfelt, funny, good, sweet, perfect Spider-Man of Tom Holland.” Garfield was in awe at the opportunity to be “the middle brother” in this de facto family, and find a way to channel that through the inherent loneliness of the Peter Parker character. Read his full quote below:
“The fact that I get to be one of those people wearing the suit next to my actual Spider-Man hero, Tobey Maguire, and the brilliant, incredibly talented, heartfelt, funny, good, sweet, perfect Spider-Man of Tom Holland, and I get to be the middle brother, and I get to be in awe of my older brother and in full longing to protect my younger brother … And also, there’s something spiritual that kinda happened and happens, and that we were exploring in the film, which is like, archetypically, the character is so alone, the isolation, that’s an important part of the character in terms of the canon of Spider-Man, for me in a way.”
This was certainly a particularly emotional entry in the MCU Spider-Man “Homecoming” trilogy, running Holland’s Peter Parker through the wringer and changing his entire world permanently. However, Garfield also got the opportunity to show off his acting chops in a key moment where he clearly put this amazing on-set feeling to good use. Specifically, Garfield’s big payoff came in a scene where he saves Zendaya’s MJ from falling, redeeming his catastrophic Gwen Stacy mistake in TASM 2, is a deeply felt moment that struck a chord with many viewers.
Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s emotional impact on the actors involved is only matched by its impact on the fans. Certainly, there is a thrill to be able to see these iconic and beloved Spider-Man actors come together, two of them resurrecting characters that were presumably never going to return to the screen. The nostalgia of three different generations has come together to make a heady and irresistible mix, and many would agree with Garfield’s sentiments that his, Holland and Maguire’s scenes truly felt like a family coming together.
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