Now, while the imminent arrival of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - courtesy of the now-not-so-recent deal between Sony and Marvel Studios - is indisputably a very good thing, what with it allowing Spidey to swing into action alongside the Avengers and all, that doesn't mean the move didn't come with some tough consequences.
Chief amongst those? The removal of Andrew Garfield from his critically and fan-acclaimed role as Peter 'Spider-Man' Parker. Garfield, it seems, took the fall for the perceived box-office failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as well as proving far too old for the teenaged reboot that Marvel had planned.
Which, seeing as he was widely agreed to have made a pretty darned fantastic Peter, is actually kind of a shame. What's really intriguing, though, is the fact that according to the actor himself (in a recent interview with Uproxx):
Andrew Garfield Was Trying to Get Spidey in the MCU All Along
Asked about the fact that he can now just sit back and enjoy Spidey's big screen adventures like the rest of us, Garfield revealed:
"Exactly, yeah. And I’ve been petitioning to hook up with Marvel since the beginning, so I’m really glad they’re finally doing it."
Which, for one thing, makes it even more of a downer that Garfield didn't get the chance to try, especially since from the sounds of it, he was never even in talks to continue after the Sony/Marvel deal was signed:
"No. To be honest [pauses], all the ins and outs of what happened is a more tender conversation that maybe I don’t want to talk about in public in a press situation. But all I can say is that I’m stoked to go and watch a Marvel film of Spider-Man."
On the other hand, though:
This Is All Yet Another Reason to Love Andrew Garfield
After all, not only does he seem to have reserved all of his irritation regarding being ditched as Spidey for his erstwhile employers, Sony, rather than transferring it onto fans (and Marvel Studios) as many other actors might, but he also seems to have emerged from playing Spider-Man loving the character even more than he did when he took the role.
Add in the fact that it's entirely possible that his petitioning for Spidey to join the MCU played a decisive role in Sony's ultimate decision to make that deal (when even your in-house movie-stars are arguing that Marvel should co-produce your movies, it's probably a sign that it's at least worth thinking about), and it's starting to look more and more like we should all chip in and buy Garfield a really nice Spider-franchise leaving gift.
The really big question, though?
What do you think?