It is old news now, but in case you haven’t heard, Andrew Garfield will not be reprising the role of Spider-Man for the third time. Sony Pictures has taken a different direction for the movie series, one which would be hopefully refreshing, as the studio has tied-up with Disney’s Marvel to bring Spidey into the Marvel cinematic universe. A collaboration between two major studios in such a form is quite unheard of, but Marvel has lately been in the business of doing the unexpected. The new Spider-Man will make an appearance in one of the Marvel’s films before coming with its third reboot in fifteen years in 2017. With the story to start all over again, it is time to bid Andrew Garfield bye-bye from the franchise.
Many have not liked the rebooted The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, lacking the quality of the previous movies in the Sam Raimi franchise. Though I agree as to the verdict on a one-to-one comparison, I still found the new series enjoyable and entertaining, well worth my ticket’s price. Whether you liked the reboot or not, no one can deny that Andrew Garfield did justice to the Spider-Man character. There was a youthfulness about him, missing in the Tobey Maguire days, a raw risk-taking adventurous bug in him which formed the heartbeat of the new series. His chemistry with Emma Stone was the biggest highlight of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and as that chemistry came to a closure with the end of the second movie, maybe it is all for the better that the series ends here.
Trust me, our Peter Parker aka Andrew Garfield is going to be just fine even as his web-slinging days are over. The Amazing Spider-Man series has widened Garfield’s fan following, and made him a household name. He would have already caught many eyeballs before in The Social Network with his portrayal of Eduardo Saverin, the CFO of Facebook who fights a court battle with Mark Zuckerberg, though that role was eclipsed by Jesse Eisenberg’s incredible performance. But with The Amazing Spider-Man movies, Andrew Garfield proved that he can carry the weight of a movie on his shoulders. At 31, he has a long career ahead of him, and I am sure there will be no dearth of opportunities for him.
Post the Spidey days, Andrew Garfield has completed one movie so far, the drama movie titled 99 Homes revolving around the legal and illegal ins and outs of the foreclosure game. The movie has been shown in the Venice International Film Festival last year and will follow up with a theatrical release this year. The movie though which should get all Garfield fans jittery with excitement is Silence slated for a 2016 release. This period drama is being directed by none other than Martin Scorsese (way to go, Andrew!) and depicts the story of two seventeenth century Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. The other Jesuit priest is being portrayed by Liam Neeson. Now those are big reputed names to work with! Silence will be the highlight of Andrew Garfield’s career so far, and a chance for him to showcase the width of his acting skills, which definitely extend beyond swinging across large skyscrapers.
Andrew Garfield is going to lead another serious toned history drama, Hacksaw Ridge. This movie is a biopic on WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss who refused to kill people during the war and became the first Conscientious Objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Hacksaw Ridge will see Mel Gibson return to the directing chair after his 2006 hit Apocalypto. Quite recently, the distributorship for Hacksaw Ridge for most of the foreign territories was concluded, so we could see some movement on the movie’s production quite soon.
Andrew Garfield is definitely picking up movies of a genre way different than how we would have categorised The Amazing Spider-Man. He is a talented actor, quite confident about his abilities, and with the mask gone, he can be bolder in his choices and challenge himself as an actor. That is what he seems to be doing, which could only be good for the audience. So anyone worried for Andrew Garfield after the big Spider-Man reboot news, do not be. Even of he is not swinging, the actor is on the right path indeed!