Spider-Man: No Way Home is 2021 and 2022’s (till now) biggest movie. Not only is it grossing insane money at the box office, but it is garnering amazing critical reviews as well.
Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Ned Leeds, the movie brought back multiverse villains from previous Spider-Man live-action movies. But that’s not all. The film also brought back the Spidermen from those movies.
Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Holland’s team-up was loved by audiences. People cheered in theaters when the three web crawlers finally came together.
Even before the movie was released, fans suspected for a long time that Andrew and Tobey were in the movie. After all, there were numerous leaks from pretty much endless sources, and also, there was that pre-CGI set video with Andrew and Tobey that confirmed their return.
Along with this, stars of the movie were teasing, confirming, and then denying their presence in the movie at every turn. After trailers confirmed that villains like Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, and Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin would be in the movie, people focused on Maguire and Garfield.
After all, it was the team-up of the three Spidermen that was the most anticipated. Now, Maguire wasn’t pestered much by fans regarding his appearance in the film, but Garfield was.
In almost every interview he did, interviewers asked him about his presence in the movie. Garfield was a true professional and always without fail found new words and unique ways to mislead fans.
But now that the movie is out, he can finally speak freely about his experience while making No Way Home. However, during a recent interview, he talked about how difficult it was for him to lie constantly regarding his involvement.
While sitting down for an interview with The Wrap, No Way Home and The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield talked about how he felt about having to lie to fans about being in the MCU Spider-Man threequel.
Garfield said that lying constantly was stressful for him. But he also said that he overall enjoyed the entire experience too. Here’s his quote on the matter:
“It was stressful, I’m not gonna lie. It was rather stressful but also weirdly enjoyable.”
The actor compared the charade to a common party game called “Werewolf.” In the game, some members of the group had to hide their actual identities as werewolves from others.
Garfield said that it was fun to play something like the game with everyone who asked him about Spider-Man: No Way Home. Here’s what he says:
“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?”
Garfield’s line of reasoning is correct. He is right that from fans’ perspective they would ultimately want the appearance to be kept a surprise till they saw it in the movie theater.
He further said:
“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.”
Garfield did exactly that with fans, and just like he said, their gut instinct was indeed proven right. Once again, he compared the experience to the “werewolf” game.
The actor said that he was cognizant of just how stressful it was to hide that secret. But he said that it was indeed thrilling to convince fans regarding what was the truth and what was the lie.
Here’s what he said:
“Like anyone who’s played the game Werewolf knows, if you are the werewolf your heart kind of sinks because you know you have a stressful couple of hours ahead of you. You’re gonna have to lie to your friends’ faces and try to convince them that you are not the bad guy in the game. But it was thrilling, actually.”
Garfield’s avoidance and lying did pay off, and he got what he wanted- fans who lost their minds in the theater when they saw his Spider-Man come on screen with Tobey Maguire’s.
From May 2021 to right before the release of the movie, Andrew Garfield, like the committed actor he is, continuously claimed that his version of Peter Parker/ Spider-Man was not in the MCU movies.
He used light phrases like “we’ll see” to heavy ones like “I’m done.” But one week after the other, Garfield sure stayed vigilant like a sentry to guard MCU’s secrets, at least from his end.
Spider-Man: No Way Home had a tonne of notable stars. As such, there was no way to tell who would keep the secrets and who wouldn’t. Thankfully, they lucked out, and everyone kept their mouths shut.
Now the movie is nearing one whole month in theaters. So actors like Garfield can now talk freely about the entire experience of seeing fan reactions and more after spending so many months trying to hide the secrets of the movie.
Honestly, Garfield does deserve a lot of credit. Month after month he kept on lying to fans just to ensure that fans got to have the full experience in theaters.
And it must have been difficult to do so since No Way Home was definitely the most discussed movie topic last year. Now, the actor is sharing his experience on set, as well as, what he thought about the movie as well.
Garfield has said that he improvised the “I love you guys” line from the climactic battle and also that he loved the moment with Zendaya’s MJ since it gave his version of Peter closure.
Not to mention the fact that he has also discussed how he and Tobey Maguire snuck into a theater to watch the movie as well as the fan reaction to it.
As a result, the star is now enjoying this movie with everyone and witnessing the massive footprint it is leaving on pop culture and the box office.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters worldwide.
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