Now that Spider-Man: No Way Home plays in theaters, all the countless rumors are theories that surfaced prior to the movie’s release now can be put to rest. Still, every fan still remembers how The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield denied several times that he’ll reprise the role in the 27th MCU movie, which, in the end, turned out to be a huge lie.
Although Sony and Marvel Studios tried their best to keep it a top-secret, Garfield’s involvement in the movie leaked during the movie’s production, and although Sony and Marvel remained silent about it, Garfield was asked about it in almost every interview he had before the movie’s release. Garfield said that the leaked image was photoshop, and after he tried to deny it a few more times, Garfield said that he won’t take questions about it anymore.
Garfield also wasn’t present at the red carpet event for the movie’s premiere, although he revealed that he and co-star Tobey Maguire sneaked into a theater for the screening. Once the movie premiered in theaters worldwide, fans finally saw that Garfield is a part of the movie after all, and now he revealed why he tried to deny his appearance in the movie:
“It was stressful, I’m not gonna lie. It was rather stressful but also weirdly enjoyable. It was like this massive game of Werewolf that I was playing with journalists and with people guessing, and it was very fun… There were moments where I was like, ‘God, I hate lying.’ I don’t like to lie and I’m not a good liar, but I kept framing it as a game. And I kept imagining myself purely as a fan of that character, which is not hard to do. I placed myself in that position of, Well, what would I want to know? Would I want to be toyed with? Would I want to be lied to? Would I want to be kept on my toes guessing? Would I want to discover it when I went to the theater? Would I want to be guessing, guessing, guessing? I would want the actor to do an incredibly good job at convincing me he wasn’t in it. And then I would want to lose my mind in the theater when my instinct was proven right. That’s what I would want.“ — Andrew Garfield for The Wrap
Andrew Garfield debuted as Spider-Man in Marc Webb’s 2012 movie The Amazing Spider-Man, and he reprised the role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014. Spider-Man: No Way Home marked his third appearance as the web-slinger, and after receiving praise for his performance in No Way Home, many fans started a campaign a social media to make The Amazing Spider-Man 3, because fans believe Garfield deserved to conclude his own Spider-Man trilogy. And so do we.