Andrew Garfield has trended more times in the last few weeks than possibly even the current-day Spider-Man Tom Holland. Fan theories and musings have long wished for Garfield to be involved in Spider-Man somehow, with rumors swirling as early as last year. Then, those set photos leaked, nearly confirming that Garfield is in the movie. Garfield though continues to do a song and dance, stating in an earlier interview that he did not receive a call. He goes one up and categorically, albeit cautiously, denies being in the movie.
In a profile with Variety, Garfield was inevitably asked about Spider-Man: No Way Home. Garfield basically claimed that he was not aware of being involved in the movie and admitted to being caught in a tricky situation where, no matter what he said, he’s screwed. Here are his own words on the matter:
I understand why people are freaking out about the concept of that because I’m a fan as well. You can’t help but imagine scenes and moments of ‘Oh, my God, how fucking cool would it be if they did that?’ But it’s important for me to say on the record that this is not something I’m aware I am involved in. But I know I’m not going to be able to say anything that will convince anyone that I don’t know what’s happening. No matter what I say, I’m fucked. It’s either going to be really disappointing for people or it’s going to be really exciting.
Garfield acting cagey is understandable. Even if this were true, both Marvel and Sony would want to keep this a huge secret for as long as possible. I’m pretty sure if speculation were not this strong and Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx had been a little more careful about revealing the extent of their involvement, Sony’s plans may have centered on not revealing much until the movie’s release.
But we’re living in a world where the No Way Home trailer leaked in its entirety a day before its release. And as sincere as they are, Garfield’s statements appear more humorous when, a mere hours after his interview being published, a set video leaks showing Garfield speaking in Spider-Man costume on the No Way Home set. At this point, it’s hard to take anything Garfield says seriously so you’d best watch out for what shows up in the marketing. I’m pretty sure the presence of both Maguire and Garfield in the movie should be confirmed by the time the second trailer airs, if anything, to help Sony cash in on a fact that’s already been rumored and discussed more times than you can count.
Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters on Dec 17, 2021. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.