Spider-Man: why did Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield stop playing the hero …

While Tom Holland is a box office hit in Spider-Man: No Way Home, a look back at the end of the two Marvel sagas that preceded his: that of Tobey Maguire and that of Andrew Garfield.

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For there to be Tom Holland, it took two other Peter Parker from cinema before him: Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Today, as his new trilogy concludes with Spider-Man: No Way Home, we take a look back at the end of previous Spider-Man sagas, and the exact reasons for their stops.

Spider-Man 4 with Tobey Maguire

In 2007, the direction taken by Sam Raimi for Spider-Man 3 displeased some of the public. Still, the film is doing very well at the box office, and Sony is announcing a fourth, fifth and sixth installment. At the beginning of 2008, James Vanderbilt is attached to the writing of episode 4, which should be released in May 2011. That leaves three years to develop this new adventure.

Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst are announced back, as is Michael Papajohn (Uncle Ben’s murderer). Among the rumors of casting turn the names of Rachel McAdams, Romola Garai then Anne Hathaway to embody the ally-enemy of Spidey “Black Cat”.

On the supervillain side, Dr. Connors, already seen in the last two opus, must finally appear transformed into Lizard, still played by Dylan Baker. There is also talk of an appearance of Carnage, a character who, like Venom, is linked to the symbiote. In the meantime, the script goes through two new writers.

On January 6, 2010, there were rumors of tensions between Raimi, who would like to see John Malkovich don the costume of the Vulture, and Sony, who would rather have a darker villain (the Lizard and / or Carnage) and add a romance between the man. – spider and Black Cat. Faced with this persistent blockage, filming is suspended.


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Storyboard excerpt from the clash between Peter and the Vulture

A week later, on January 13, 2010, Sony announced a Spider-Man reboot for 2012, without Sam Raimi, and written by a certain … James Vanderbilt, with the Lizard as a supervillain! The idea is to offer a Peter Parker “more contemporary and realistic”… Exit Tobey Maguire, and welcome to Andrew Garfield for two films: The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel: The Amazing Spider-Man: the destiny of a hero.

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 with Andrew Garfield

When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters, a third and fourth episodes are already announced with Andrew Garfield back, as well as a Sinister Six movie. This beautiful momentum is a little undermined following the bad reception of the “Destiny of a hero”. The latter would have cost between 255 and 293 million dollars but only brings in 708 at the box office, and the figures on the American territory, decisive, are disappointing.

Chance or dismissal by Sony: the screenwriter of the saga, Roberto Orci, leaves the project. For his part, Andrew Garfield begins to remind the media that he is only contracted for episode 3 and nothing else. Always publicly, he blames the poor reception of the second film on the artistic choices of the Sony studio.

However, the actor has everything to lose by turning the studio on his back as he then seeks to integrate Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe in order to integrate the Avengers. Except that behind the scenes, he is unaware that the negotiations have already started and that he is (voluntarily?) Not kept informed.

In February 2015, nearly a year after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released in April 2014, it was finally announced that the deal between Sony and Marvel to include Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had been concluded and that it will be a reboot with a new actor. Andrew Garfield is brutally left out of the franchise, which will remain one of his biggest regrets.

The following contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home:

Both Garfield and Maguire will reprise their roles in Spider-Man: No Way Home, allowing the former to come in and play mentors and the latter to gain wider recognition in addition to completing their story arc. A sort of unofficial Spider-Man 4 and The Amazing Spider-Man 3. The circle is complete.

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