After the Tobey Maguire-led series fell apart during development on a fourth picture, Garfield was cast as the Marvel web-slinger in Sony’s relaunched franchise.
Due to disappointing box office returns and mixed critical reception to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the series was revamped for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Social Network actor would only handle the character for two films until the series was once again reinvented for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Holland would be the one to introduce Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War, before going on to star in two standalone films and feature in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
After his secret identity was revealed by Mysterio at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter turns to Dr. Stephen Strange to use a spell to erase everyone’s memory of his identity, only for it to cause a rip in the fabric of time and space in his upcoming third solo film, Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Parker will be up against a slew of adversaries, including Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and Jamie Foxx’s Electro from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
Garfield recently appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show to promote his role in the upcoming biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and during the interview, the topic turned to the actor’s reported presence in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Garfield opened up about his fondness for Holland’s incarnation of the eponymous hero and his joy at no longer being the gatekeeper to the franchise’s secrets after once again refuting speculations that he is in the MCU picture.
See what Garfield had to say about it below:
“I think that Tom Holland is just the perfect Peter Parker and Spider-Man, so I’m just super stoked. I get to just be a fan again, which is my preferred position, to be able to sit in the audience and just kind of go, ‘Yeah, you screwed up, mate, you didn’t do it as well as you could.’ I get to be that guy that’s just like, ‘Yeah, I don’t really love the suit.’ [laughs]”
Audiences shouldn’t be surprised to hear Garfield continue to dismiss speculations of a cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home at this point in the game, but it’s good to hear his praise for Holland’s interpretation of the character.
Though Garfield’s films didn’t earn the same critical acclaim as Holland’s, his portrayal of the role was praised for its genuine and emotional approach to the character, as well as a return to the sardonic nature of the comics.
Since receiving his due in Spider-Man: Homecoming, audiences have adored Holland’s performance for portraying his awkward adolescence and combination of wit and emotions.
Garfield regularly discussed his love for the comics and desire to stay loyal to the original material after being cast in The Amazing Spider-Man, which makes his amusing comments about being a purist heckler in an audience for Spider-Man: No Way Home all the more amusing and reasonable.
Though he didn’t elaborate on his opinions about Holland’s costume after the joke, it’s worth noting that it comes just after the current Spider-Man chastised Garfield’s portrayal for his use of “doesn’t really make much sense” web-shooters.
Even if Garfield’s jeers are a swipe at Holland, he’s just as excited as the rest of the audience for Spider-Man: No Way Home, which hits theatres on December 17.