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Could ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3’ Happen Now?

Andrew Garfield reprised his role as Peter Parker in the excellent 2021 film 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'. Now fans hope to see him again in his own solo film. Could 'Amazing Spider-Man 3' happen now that Garfield has returned to the character?
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Spoiler WarningThis article contains several major spoilers for the plot of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Proceed with caution if you haven’t seen the movie yet!

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Critics and fans largely didn’t love Amazon Spider-Man 2 upon release. Some outlets took issue with star Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of Spider-Man, while others found Jamie Fox’s character, Electro, off-putting. The film is considered one of the messiest entries in Sony’s Spider-Man franchise, and Garfield has expressed regret for how things panned out with his second and final solo outing as the character.

After Spider-Man: Far From Home reintroduced Garfield’s Spider-Man to moviegoers, some fans have started calling on Sony to make a third entry in the Amazing Spider-Man series. Far From Home gave Garfield’s version of Peter Parker a chance to redeem himself, both in-universe and in the eyes of modern audiences. Is this enough to convince Sony to make another film starring the Academy Award-winning actor? Garfield certainly thinks it’s possible.

Andrew Garfield Would Come Back for ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3’

In a recent interview with Variety, Garfield said he would be open to returning to reprise his role again. “I mean, yes, definitely open to something if it felt right,” he told reporters. 

“Peter and Spider-Man, those characters are all about service, to the greater good and the many. He’s a working-class boy from Queens that knows struggle and loss and is deeply empathetic. I would try to borrow Peter Parker’s ethical framework in that, if there was an opportunity to step back in and tell more of that story, I would have to feel very sure and certain in myself.”

Garfield’s take on the character divided some critics. Some felt he was an excellent Spider-Man, as he offered non-stop quips and self-assured jokes that made him feel like his comic book counterpart. Others felt that he was too athletic and slick as Peter Parker. Comics and movies usually portray Peter as a nerd who struggles to balance his social life with his other responsibilities. Garfield’s Parker was effortlessly cool and never struggled to make friends or impress his peers.

In some ways, his extended cameo in No Way Home felt like an apology, both to fans and Garfield himself. His appearance in the third Tom Holland film has energized fans, many of whom turned to Twitter to support the idea of a third Garfield-led outing.

Social Media Campaign

Fans on social media have promoted the hashtag “#MakeTASM3,” showing their love for Garfield’s portrayal of the character. Many of them point out that Sony has the funds to support two concurrent Spider-Man franchises on the big screen. After all, No Way Home became the studios’ highest-grossing film after its December release. Audiences are hungry for more Spider-Man content, and the possibility of reviving dormant series is exciting for longtime fans.

Many Spider-Fan Twitter threads center on the possibility of Sony positioning Garfield’s Spider-Man as an antagonist for Tom Hardy’s Venom. Eddie Brock and his symbiote companion make a brief detour to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in No Way Home, but they only linger long enough for Venom to accidentally drop a bit of symbiotic goo on a bar counter in Mexico. While this fun cameo sets up the possibility for another actor to portray the villainous Venom in the MCU, it also keeps Tom Hardy’s version of the character firmly rooted in Sony’s side of the Spider-Verse.

Spider-Man Film Rights

Sony purchased the film rights to Spider-Man in the late 90s. Marvel’s comics sales slumped near the end of that decade, and the company sold the film rights to many of its characters to stave off bankruptcy. This is how Fox got the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four, and how Universal secured the distribution rights to films based on The Incredible Hulk. 

When Marvel Studios started creating movies internally, it had a slim roster of popular characters to choose from. It might sound strange now, but characters like Iron Man and Captain America were considered third-string superheroes before the MCU broke box office records. 

Encouraging ticket sales for films like Iron Man and Thor helped boost Marvel Studio’s profile. The Avengers became the highest-grossing film of all time in 2012, and Marvel realized it had tapped into a winning strategy. Meanwhile, Sony still held the rights to Spider-Man, the company’s most popular character, and the rival studio was eager to capitalize on Marvel Mania.

Sony released the first Amazing Spider-Man film in 2012, the same year that The Avengers hit theaters. The Mark Webb-directed effort scored solid reviews from critics and posted impressive ticket sales, encouraging Sony to make a sequel.

The first Amazing Spider-Man brought home an impressive $757.9 million in worldwide ticket sales, with critics praising the visual style and score. Many noted Garfield portrayed Peter as a sweeter, more emotive character than his predecessor, Tobey Maguire. 

Sony’s Ongoing Spider-Verse

The second Amazing Spider-Man film wasn’t as warmly received as its predecessor. While it grossed $709 million worldwide, it’s the lowest-earning live-action Spider-Man film to date. Sony had big plans for the franchise, as it planned to produce a Sinister Six film based on TASM 2’s post-credits sequence. 

The studio scrapped the Sinister Six project and future Garfield-led films after the lukewarm audience response. Sony partnered with Marvel Studios on its follow-up series, the Tom Holland-led reboots, starting with the character’s cameo in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Sony retains the film rights to Spider-Man under the agreement, but Holland’s Spider-Man can appear on-screen alongside heroes like Iron Man and Doctor Strange. 

While Sony scrapped some of its Spider-Verse plans after TASM 2, it went ahead with a planned Venom spin-off. Tom Hardy’s frenetic performance as Eddie Brock has proven to be a hit with audiences. Venom and its sequel, Let There Be Carnage, don’t take place in the same continuity as the MCU. However, some fans hope that Hardy’s Venom and Garfield’s Spider-Man inhabit the same universe. 

The studio could revive the Amazing Spider-Man franchise by pairing Garfield with Hardy in future films. Many Spider-Fans have pointed out how unusual it is for Venom’s adventures to occur in a world without the Web-Head. In the comics, Eddie Brock and Venom are Peter Parker’s arch-nemeses. Venom’s all-black design is an explicit inversion of Spider-Man’s bright red-and-blue outfit. 

Tom Holland Loves the Idea

Tom Holland plays Peter Parker in the MCU, but he’s a huge fan of the push to make a third Amazing Spider-Man film. “I would love to see The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” Holland says in an interview with “I think what was so wonderful was how Andrew was able to kind of make amends with the character and the studio, you know, to kind of win the general public back.”

No Way Home sees Garfield’s Spider-Man redeem himself from one of the most infamous scenes in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In that film, he accidentally failed to save Gwen Stacy by using a web line to try to break her fall. During the events of No Way Home, Peter rescues MJ from a similar situation, but leaps down to grab her and safely land on the ground. Upon seeing MJ unscathed, Garfield’s Spider-Man becomes visibly emotional, asking her if she’s okay. 

MJ quickly assures the alternate-reality Spider-Man that she’s fine, but asks if he is okay. The scene is touching and offers redemption to the beleaguered Amazing Spider-Man. 

Many fans point out that it’s ironic to see the previous Spider-Men given so much screentime in No Way Home. According to insiders, Maguire and Garfield were initially supposed to appear in minor cameos in a post-credits scene.  

More to Come?

Fans and critics adored seeing both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire reprise their roles in No Way Home. The film grossed an eye-popping $1.85 billion during a crowded holiday release window and sparked speculation that Sony could have both actors back for future appearances.

No Way Home hints at what Garfield’s Peter has been up to in the eight years since audiences saw him defeat Electro. He notes that he grew bitter and “stopped pulling punches,” suggesting that he may have injured supervillains in his grief over losing Gwen Stacy. Could audiences hope to see this darker take on the Wall-Crawler in future Sony Spider-Verse films?

What’s Next for Andrew Garfield?

“I am so grateful,” Garfield continued during his interview with Variety. “I’m just really, really grateful that I got to tie up some loose ends for the Peter that I was playing. I love that character and I’m grateful that I got to work with these incredible actors, this incredible director, and Marvel in conjunction with Sony. It was joyful, and a feeling of closure for me,” he said of his return to the big screen. 

“There were so many unanswered questions for my Peter, where we left it. I got to step back in and get some healing for him. And also really supporting [Holland’s] Peter, and honoring his character completing that trilogy, not distracting or detracting from it.”

And while Garfield was happy to support the end of Holand’s trilogy, fans now hope he can complete his own trio of Spider-Man films. Will Sony see it the same way?