Andrew Garfield Hints He Might Not Be Back For The Amazing Spider-Man 4

By Sean O'Connell 2013-12-10 08:47:53discussion comments
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The cast and crew of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did a fair amount of press tied to the release this week of the first full trailer for Marc Webbís sequel. We watched it. We dissected it. And we listened to every bit of insight they chose to share. But I canít think of anything quite as major as Andrew Garfield admitting, on the record, that he might not be back for the already announced Amazing Spider-Man 4.

Garfield (and the rest of the cast) sat down with Yahoo Movies after the trailer was released, and answered questions about how they are approaching this sequel differently than they did the origin/reboot film. But when it came time to talk about continuing the story in Spider-Man 3 and 4, which Sony already gave release dates to, the actor hedged his bets by saying:
I mean Iím under contract for another one after thisÖ as far as a fourth one? Thatís not anything to do with me."

That has the potential to be a bomb shell. Letís give Garfield the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he just means that itís not up to him if Sony wants him back or not. Heís under contract for Webbís planned trilogy, and if the studio wants to expand the universe beyond that, they might not WANT Garfield back. Audiences responded to Tobey Maguire in the role of Peter Parker at first. Some audiences moved on to embrace Garfield in the part as of last year. Will we want a new Spidey after Webbís Amazing Spider-Man 3? Possibly. Maybe not. Who can say?

Iím not intentionally trying to sound vague. We just donít know what is on the horizon when a franchise tries to plan this far in advance. Marvel is going through something very similar with its own franchise players. Robert Downey Jr. is owed a lot of money for playing Iron Man on screen. The studio has him locked up Ė as well as Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth. But when you keep adding sequels and spinoffs, it can be very difficult to maintain the cast that you started with and still keep everyone financially satisfied.

Hereís what we know. Garfield is 30. Heíll be 35 when Spidey 4 is supposed to come out in 2018. By then, he could be done with the franchise. Now, will we need to reboot? Recast? Start all over again? I, for one, donít want to go down this road again. But itís a real problem expanding franchises need to address. (Iím looking at you, Fox and Hugh Jackman and the Wolverine saga.) Hereís Garfield, on the record. Listen to him. Itís at the very end. What do you think heís trying to say?


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