‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’: Andrew Garfield Felt Like He Was Making a ‘Spider-Man Short Film’ With Tobey Maguire

Audiences worldwide lost it when Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire walked through their respective portals in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Their appearances in the film had been rumored in the months leading up to the Marvel Cinematic Universe film’s premiere. But Garfield, who had been doing press for his other films, routinely denied his involvement. Now, the actor can freely discuss his experience making the third Spider-Man film.

Andrew Garfield, who stars alongside Tobey Maguire in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home,' wears a red suit jacket over a white button-up shirt and black bow tie.
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Andrew Garfield describes what it was like working with Tobey Maguire on the set of ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

While speaking with SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Andrew Garfield talked about working alongside Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

“It was so awesome to be able to be present for [Maguire] being on a film set as an actor again, and especially, of course, in that character,” the actor said. “I grew up idolizing Tobey in that role. And he’s such a huge part of that character for me. And just being a fan of him as an actor.” 

Garfield continued, “We had this amazing period of a couple of weeks before we started shooting where we were just kind of workshopping. We were throwing ideas around of what the relationship could develop into, what the dynamic could be, what the feeling toward each other is. And when we first see each other versus when we part ways, what’s the journey of that?”

“It felt protected,” he revealed. “It was very strange. It didn’t feel like we were doing this big Spider-Man film. It felt like Tobey and I were really just working on a relationship between two characters and using our imaginations and playing. It felt very, very playful. Like we were kind of two friends making a little Spider-Man short film and going, ‘Wouldn’t this be cool?'”

If Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire want to make a Spider-Man short film, we are all for it.

Andrew Garfield reveals the scene that convinced him to be in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

After denying that he was in Spider-Man: No Way Home for months, Andrew Garfield finally got the chance to come clean about the film with Variety. And during the interview, he discussed the scene that persuaded him to sign on to the movie.

Garfield said, “I will say the image of my catching [Zendaya’s] MJ — that was really beautiful and it kind of sold me on the whole thing.”

In the film, MJ falls off of scaffolding. And as Tom Holland‘s Peter is about to save her, Green Goblin swoops in and carries him away. That’s when Garfield’s Peter intervenes and grabs MJ before she hits the ground. And as many fans recall, his character could not save his girlfriend Gwen when she fell to her death in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

“My Spider-Man got to save his younger brother’s romantic relationship, potentially,” Garfield shared. “And to heal the most traumatic moment of his own life through doing it for his younger brother. Making sure that he didn’t have the same fate, there’s something cosmically beautiful about that. It meant getting a second chance at saving Gwen.”

The actor comments on his future in regards to playing Peter Parker

Many fans are calling for Sony to make The Amazing Spider-Man 3 with Andrew Garfield. And, according to the actor, he wouldn’t mind suiting up again.

When Variety asked him if he would be open to coming back to Spider-Man, Garfield replied, “I mean, yes, definitely open to something if it felt right.”

“Peter and Spider-Man, those characters are all about service, to the greater good and the many,” he said. “He’s a working-class boy from Queens that knows struggle and loss and is deeply empathetic. I would try to borrow Peter Parker’s ethical framework in that, if there was an opportunity to step back in and tell more of that story, I would have to feel very sure and certain in myself.”

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters.

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