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Everything We Know About Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (& Why It Didn’t Happen)

Fans have called for the return of Andrew Garfield’s incarnation of the well-known web-slinger in a 3rd Amazing Spider-Man film for some time now. Caught within the center between Tobey Maguire’s beloved Spider-Man and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man within the MCU, Garfield’s film proved to be the least well-liked with critics and audiences for years. However, as time has gone on there was a cultural reassessment of each Garfield’s depiction of the web-head and the flicks themselves.


Update September 17, 2022: This article has been up to date with further data concerning The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the final Spider-Man film earlier than the character was rebooted as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Originally supposed to kick off a brand new cinematic universe for the studio, the deliberate The Amazing Spider-Man sequels and spin-off movies together with The Sinister Six had been canceled. Garfield referred to the experience as heartbreaking. However, renewed fan interest in Garfield’s Spider-Man might finally show to be sufficient to convey the beforehand deliberate follow-up to fruition, notably as Sony’s universe (which incorporates the critically underwhelming however field workplace hits Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, together with the flop Morbius) may want some back-up from a popular Spider-Man actor. Here is every little thing we all know in regards to the unique plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and why the movie in the end by no means got here to be.

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Who Was Involved in The Amazing Spider-Man 3

Both Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb had been confirmed to return. Webb revealed that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 would have been his final Spider-Man movie as director. That stated, the aptly named Webb would have remained as producer and artistic guide for the following movies within the franchise. Additionally, all three writers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner, had been introduced to return for the sequel. However, Orci left the movie to jot down and direct Star Trek Beyond (2016), although he additionally left that venture whereas retaining producer credit score.

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Chris Cooper shared with CBR that he would have had a “huge” position in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 after his transient look as Harry’s father and Oscorp CEO, Norman Osborn, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Similarly, Paul Giamatti revealed in an interview with Collider that he would have reprised his position as Rhino. Denis Leary, who appeared within the first movie as Captain Stacy and whose reminiscence haunts Peter within the second movie, might even have been a part of The Amazing Spider-Man 3. It was additionally broadly believed that Shailene Woodley, who was forged as Mary Jane Watson for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 however whose position was finally lower, would return for the third movie.

Plot: What Was The Amazing Spider-Man 3 About?

Norman Osborn is the identify generally related to the alter ego Green Goblin, and though others have adopted the mantle he’s sometimes the primary. However, the Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was Norman’s son, Harry who within the comics turns into the second Green Goblin after his father. Following the loss of life of Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy by the hands of the Green Goblin, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was deliberate to concentrate on Garfield’s Peter Parker as he struggled to get well and transfer on.

Webb shared with Den of Geek that Norman Osborn was deliberate to be the principle villain. Norman Osborn died in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from a mysterious sickness that was genetic and in addition affected Harry. Harry tried to remedy himself with Oscorp’s spider venom which as an alternative accelerated his illness and remodeled him into the Green Goblin.

In order for Norman to return, he would have been resurrected in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 as the brand new Goblin. The Amazing Spider-Man movies handled Oscorp as a supervillain manufacturing facility, with all villains in that universe being born from an incident at Oscorp. While Rhino didn’t develop into a lizard or fall right into a vat of electrical eels, he was damaged out of jail and given a mechanical swimsuit by Oscorp.

Creation of the Sinister Six

A post-credits scene that was lower from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 featured the frozen head of Norman Osborn and the mysterious “Gentleman” Gustav Fiers. Here is what Webb shared with Den of Geek:

Chris Cooper was going to return again and play the Goblin. We had been going to freeze his head, after which he was going to be introduced again to life. And then there was that character referred to as The Gentleman. We had some notions about learn how to do it, however I feel possibly we had been pondering too far forward after we began constructing in these issues. But it was a enjoyable train. I look again very fondly on these days.

Cooper’s Goblin would have been the chief of the Sinister Six teased within the end-credits scene for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The line-up was not finalized, however the credit teased Green Goblin, Vulture, Rhino, Doc Ock, Kraven the Hunter, and Mysterio. Vulture was thought of by Sony to make an look in The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

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Osborn might not have been the one character resurrected within the movie as Leary revealed in an interview with IGN that his character (Gwen Stacy’s father) might have returned.

Part of the dialogue was that, probably in ‘3,’ there was this concept at one level that Spider-Man would be capable to take this system and regenerate the folks in his life that had died. So there was this dialogue that Captain Stacy would come again even greater in episode three.

The concept of not solely Oscorp however Spider-Man, utilizing experimental science to convey sure folks again from the useless was not amongst Sony’s best. It not solely would have appeared out out-of-character for Spider-Man but in addition appeared like an indicator Sony was probably happening the trail of the controversial “Clone Saga” storyline from the comics.

The Underperformance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was launched in 2014, the identical 12 months as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the lowest-grossing of the movies, failing to surpass the primary Amazing Spider-Man movie on the field workplace. The movie additionally turned the lowest-grossing Spider-Man movie on the time of its launch, opening to $91 million which was a far cry from the record-breaking opening weekends of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 3.

The highest-grossing Spider-Man movie is at the moment Spider-Man: No Way Home which has grossed over $1.9 billion throughout a pandemic. For comparability, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ended its box-office run with $709 million. While that quantity nonetheless signifies a really financially profitable movie, it didn’t carry out to Sony’s expectations and was an element within the determination behind the sequence’ cancelation.

The field workplace underperformance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had Sony readjust their plans. They initially had The Amazing Spider-Man 3 set for launch on June 19, 2016, however the movie was taken off the schedule. Instead, Sinister Six would come out between The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 3, with Sinister Six set for launch on November 11, 2016. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was then dated for 2018 with The Amazing Spider-Man 4 moved to an unspecified date.

Poor Relations Between Sony and Andrew Garfield

In 2014, Sony Pictures was hacked by a gaggle that demanded Sony Pictures withdraw the discharge of the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy The Interview which was a movie in regards to the assassination of North Korean chief Kim Jong-un, which leaked confidential information. Quite a lot of data was leaked, however one was a set of emails revealing the poor relations between Sony and Garfield. Information was made public about Garfield’s absence from a significant Sony promotional occasion enjoying a significant position in The Amazing Spider-Man 3‘s cancelation.

Sony boss Kaz Hirai flew out to Brazil for a significant convention the place the movie would have been formally introduced. Garfield didn’t attend the occasion. According to a report from Cinema Blend, Garfield claimed his absence was because of illness attributable to jetlag. Kaz Hirai was not impressed. Garfield’s habits displeased many Sony execs, who didn’t really feel inspired to proceed with the Amazing Spider-Man franchise.

The cancelation of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 additionally meant the cancelation of all sequels and spin-off movies which included each Amazing Spider-Man sequels, a Black Cat solo film, and Sinister Six. A Venom spin-off film was repurposed to exist outdoors the Amazing Spider-Man franchise and was launched in 2018.

Spider-Man Splits With Sony For the MCU

The emails additionally revealed that Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios had reached out to Sony Pictures and Amy Pascal about teaming as much as convey Spider-Man into the MCU, nonetheless, Marvel Studios needed a clear slate. With their Amazing Spider-Man franchise canceled, and the character’s model broken as a result of poor essential and field workplace response to each The Amazing Spider-Man movies, Sony Pictures lastly struck a cope with Marvel Studios, and on February 10, 2015, lower than a 12 months after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 open, it was confirmed that an all-new Spider-Man would be part of the MCU.

Garfield would later return as Spider-Man in No Way Home, seven years after he final performed the character. With the movie’s success and the truth that Sony Pictures has revived their very own cinematic universe utilizing Spider-Man characters (with Venom, Morbius, and soon-to-be Kraven the Hunter and Madame Webb), it could be a good suggestion for Sony to disclose these movies are a part of the Amazing Spider-Man universe and permit Andrew Garfield to return as Spider-Man and proceed that franchise’s story.

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