The massive success of Spider-Man: No Way Home has brought back a question that many Spider-Man fans have been asking themselves since 2014: What ever happened to The Amazing Spider-Man 3?
— SPOILERS FOR SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME —
Andrew Garfield’s appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home as The Amazing Spider-Man (from the Sonyverse) shepherded a whole new group of TASM stans. Let’s be honest here, TASM 2 was entertaining, and still has one of the most heartbreaking Marvel scenes to date. However, it didn’t leave the best last impression.
Spider-Man: No Way Home proved to TASM haters that Garfield’s Spider-Man wasn’t bad because of poor performance, but rather, because of bad writing.
Garfield gave Marvel fans an amazing performance and really stole the show among the two other Spider-Man variants (which is kind of a flex, considering it wasn’t even his movie). While the writing was subpar, and the character designs for Electro and Green Goblin were pure nightmare fuel, the movie performed in theaters very well, grossing $202.9 million in the United States and Canada and another $509.1 million in other countries—totaling $709 million worldwide.
So what happened to the third movie?
Weirdly enough, it had to do with Garfield backing out of a press event last minute. Garfield was set to appear at a big Sony gala event in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the end of the World Cup in summer 2014, alongside then—Sony CEO Kaz Harai. Both were supposed to announce the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 for a 2016 release.
According to his reps, Garfield arrived to Brazil later than planned, and upon arriving, he didn’t feel well. These two factors effectively resulted in him making the decision to back out of the Sony gala event, a mere few hours prior.
This last minute change caused a drastic shift in Harai’s presentation and caused the announcement of the third installment of the TASM franchise to be cancelled. As it goes in just about any industry, when you leave your big bosses high and dry (especially at a public event), you generally get fired.
So yeah, Andrew Garfield was fired from his comic book role.
Following Garfield’s forced departure from the role, Sony attempted to negotiate with Marvel Studios in regards to introducing Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These talks have happened in the past—and have been historically unsuccessful—but this time an agreement was reached.
This agreement lead to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and his debut in Marvel Studios’ 2016 film Captain America: Civil War. Funnily enough, the release date of Marvel Studios’ film and the debut of the MCU Spider-Man was roughly around the same time of the slated TASM 3 release.
Sonyverse moving forward
There has been no confirmation when it comes to The Amazing Spider-Man 3 or Spider-Man 4. However, with the mega success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, there’s a renewed interest in Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
Sony has been ramping up important Spider-Man villains such as Venom and Morbius, not to mention the stellar reception they received for the return of Alfred Molina as Doc Ock, Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, and Jamie Foxx as Electro. Sony has also been building up another Spider-Man variant, Miles Morales (from the Ultimate universe).
Fans have been waiting patiently for the coherent construction of the Marvel Sonyverse and the return of two fan favorite Spider-Man variants is reason enough to get back to serious foundation building. Not that you need it, but here’s our Spidey movie rankings.
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