Garfield On “Spider-Man 2” Failure & Future

Appearing at the Toronto Film Festival to promote his new film “99 Homes”, British actor and current Peter Parker himself Andrew Garfield spoke with The Daily Beast about the divisive and often negative response in reviews for this year’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. Garfield was well aware of the reaction, and offered up his take:

“I read a lot of the reactions from people and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it. For me, I read the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it. There was this thread running through it.

I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it – because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related.

Once you start removing things and saying, ‘No, that doesn’t work,’ then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.

I’ll tell you this. Talking about the experience as opposed to how it was perceived, I got to work in deep scenes that you don’t usually see in comic book movies, and I got to explore this orphan boy – a lot of which was taken out, and which we’d explored more. It’s interesting to do a postmortem. I’m proud of a lot of it and had a good time, and was a bit taken aback by the response.

It’s a discernment thing. What are the people actually saying? What’s underneath the complaint, and how can we learn from that? We can’t go, ‘Oh God, we [frick]ed up because all these people are saying all these things. It’s sh-t.’ We have to ask ourselves, ‘What do we believe to be true?’

Is it that this is the fifth Spider-Man movie in however many years, and there’s a bit of fatigue? Is it that there was too much in there? Is it that it didn’t link? If it linked seamlessly, would that be too much? Were there tonal issues? What is it? I think all that is valuable.

Constructive criticism is different from people just being dicks, and I love constructive criticism. Hopefully, we can get underneath what the criticism was about, and if we missed anything.”

It’s presently unclear if Garfield will appear in the upcoming “The Sinister Six” spin-off or “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” though the latter is likely. In regards to potentially appearing in the former, he tells the Toronto Sun: “I know more than I’m allowed to say right now. I can say I’m really excited about Drew Goddard, who’s going to be writing and directing The Sinister Six movie. And whether I’m involved in that or not is kind of immaterial.”

Meanwhile, Alex Kurtzman also spoke about the upcoming “Venom” spin-off with MTV News, saying the film will offer the chance for the franchise to have a different tone: “The idea is that you can do things with Venom that you can’t do with Spider-Man. Venom is the representation of every line that will get crossed. He’s a much darker character.”

Kurtzman was also asked about the Spider-Man character himself continuing in following in the wake of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (which Kurtzman co-wrote). He says: “I think as long as it keeps staying true to character, and true to who Peter is, and putting him in interesting and complicated situations, it’ll survive. Because it’s so beloved – everybody loves Spider-Man.”