Andrew Garfield is two films into the rebooted Amazing Spider-Man franchise and thus far, new Spidey has not exactly lived up to the public’s expectations. While promoting his new film 99 Homes at the Toronto Film Festival, Garfield took the opportunity to sit down and talk about how he is taking the backlash regarding The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
“I read a lot of the reactions from people and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it. For me, I read the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it. There was this thread running through it.
I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it – because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related.
Once you start removing things and saying, ‘No, that doesn’t work,’ then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.
I’ll tell you this. Talking about the experience as opposed to how it was perceived, I got to work in deep scenes that you don’t usually see in comic book movies, and I got to explore this orphan boy – a lot of which was taken out, and which we’d explored more. It’s interesting to do a postmortem. I’m proud of a lot of it and had a good time, and was a bit taken aback by the response.
It’s a discernment thing. What are the people actually saying? What’s underneath the complaint, and how can we learn from that? We can’t go, ‘Oh God, we [frick]ed up because all these people are saying all these things. It’s sh-t.’ We have to ask ourselves, ‘What do we believe to be true?’
Is it that this is the fifth Spider-Man movie in however many years, and there’s a bit of fatigue? Is it that there was too much in there? Is it that it didn’t link? If it linked seamlessly, would that be too much? Were there tonal issues? What is it? I think all that is valuable.
Constructive criticism is different from people just being dicks, and I love constructive criticism. Hopefully, we can get underneath what the criticism was about, and if we missed anything.”
Whispers have also been circulating on whether or not Peter Parker will appear in the upcoming spin-off The Sinister Six, but Garfield is keeping quiet on that front.
I know more than I’m allowed to say right now. I can say I’m really excited about Drew Goddard…And whether I’m involved in that or not is kind of immaterial.
Sony might want to seriously consider rebooting the franchise..again!