Actor Andrew Garfield has spoken out about the recasting and rebooting of the Spider-Man franchise, in which he played the titular character just one year ago.
Hollywood was abuzz in June when it was announced that Tom Holland would be stepping into the coveted role of the web-slinging superhero, as the Inquisitr previously reported. Holland will first appear as Spidey in next summer’s Captain America: Civil War, before taking on his own Spider-Man reboot film, which is currently scheduled for release in 2017.
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Of course, before Holland was picked as the next Spider-Man, actor Andrew Garfield portrayed the superhero in two films, the most recent of which opened last year. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may have marked the end of Garfield’s tenure as one of his favorite superheroes, but the actor is refusing to be bitter about the situation.
Garfield addressed Holland’s casting as Spider-Man for the first time on Thursday, speaking on the red carpet at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Annual Grants Banquet in Beverly Hills. Entertainment Weekly asked Garfield how he feels now that he has passed beyond the role of Spider-Man.
“It feels lovely, especially because Tom Holland is a really, really great actor. He was in this movie The Impossible and he was just this incredibly powerful, sensitive, just wonderful young actor. And [he’s] a dancer, so his body’s the right [form].”
Garfield also acknowledged the pressure of taking on a role as big as Spider-Man, discussing how it feels to no longer shoulder the part, as Cinemablend notes.
“I’m just really excited to just be a fan again, as opposed to bearing the weight of it.”
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Of course, Garfield was a fan favorite in the role from early on, winning Spider-Man acolytes over after appearing at Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con in a Halloween costume to discuss his own fandom and thank them for the chance to portray his childhood hero. He also isn’t the first person intimately involved with the Spider-Man franchise to throw his support behind Holland. No less a personage than Spidey’s creator, Stan Lee, gave his own thumbs-up regarding Holland’s casting earlier this year at the premiere of Marvel’s Ant-Man.
Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6, and it appears Andrew Garfield will be in the theater, watching as one of Spider-Man’s biggest fans.
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