Ever since the new trailer for [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) landed all Marvel fans have been able to talk about is the appearance of the brand new shiny official Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man, played by young newcomer Tom Holland.
Some people love him, some people are already dubious about his role and the appearance of his suit in the upcoming Marvel showdown, but in amongst all the hype it's been hard not to feel a little bit sorry for the last actor to portray the massively loved Marvel character, Andrew Garfield.
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When Garfield first took over from Tobey Maguire it wasn't such a huge shock to envision him as a replacement given that the The Amazing Spider-Man reboot was picking up the Spider-Man cinematic mythos a full five years after Spider-Man 3 concluded the Sam Raimi trilogy with less of a bang and more than a whimper.
But following the deal struck between Sony and Marvel last year it was announced that The Amazing Spider-Man was dead and the character would return a mere year later - two years after The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We wondered if Garfield would continue to reprise his role in the MCU, and of course we now know that it was not meant to be so.
It took a little while for the ex-Spidey to speak up, and when it did it was at during an emotional interview with Zaki's Corner:
I didn't actually make it. I was never Spider-Man.
I was the actor that I am. The person that I am. Struggling with trying to match up with something that I'd elevated so high in my mind. Elevated beyond what I could attain, what I could achieve. The great thing is, that's what Peter Parker was doing as well. Peter Parker created this symbol that he couldn't live up to. It was never enough. He never felt enough, and I never felt enough. I never felt like I was able to do enough. And I couldn't rescue those films... even though I didn't sleep.
When he was first announced as the Amazing Spider-Man back in 2010 Garfield seemed like a really good choice, not least because of his lifelong love of Spidey and the passion he brought to the role. Indeed his performance was one of the facets that The Amazing Spider-Man received the most praise for.
But we all know how this tale ends. The sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, received poor reviews and when the rights deal was struck Garfield was replaced by a younger actor for the MCU. As a result of all this turnaround there's a lot of pressure on the shoulders of the new Spidey, for both the studio and Holland himself.
And regardless of what some may view to have been a raw deal, Garfield has dealt with the whole situation in an admirable manner, heaping nothing but praise upon the newcomer:
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 seems to have come to terms with what he described as his failure to fully embody Spider-Man, saying now that he's happy to not have the pressure on him to perform as the beloved character and expressing enthusiasm towards seeing Holland take up the role.
I’m just really excited to just be a [Spider-Man] fan again as opposed to bearing the weight of it.
And it's an exciting time to be a Spider-Man fan for sure, as Marvel Studio's President Kevin Feige says that the web slinger is set to serve a great purpose, back in the universe where he belongs.