The future of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is looking bright with recent updates on both the Sinister Six and Venom spinoffs currently in development at Sony Pictures. Whether or not Andrew Garfield will be involved with either of those films, however, has not been revealed and the actor himself is keeping it a secret for the time being. Garfield did speak today, however, about some of the negative fan reactions to his second big screen Spider-Man film, which hit theaters earlier this year.
“I read a lot of the reactions from people,” Garfield tells The Daily Beast, “and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it. For me, I read the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it. There was this thread running through it… It’s interesting to do a postmortem. I’m proud of a lot of it and had a good time, and was a bit taken aback by the response.”
Garfield goes on to say that studio changes had a lot to do with creating an end product that many fans felt was less than satisfactory.
“Once you start removing things and saying, ‘No, that doesn’t work,’ then the thread is broken,” Garfield continues, “and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.”
Fortunately for the fans, Garfield is paying close attention to complaints and hopes the next chapter will have a broader appeal. He does admit, though, that it’s sometimes hard to separate constructive criticism from relentless nitpicking.
“It’s a discernment thing,” he explains. “What are the people actually saying? What’s underneath the complaint, and how can we learn from that? We can’t go, ‘Oh God, we f–ed up because all these people are saying all these things! It’s s–t!’ We have to ask ourselves, ‘What do we believe to be true?’ Is it that this is the fifth Spider-Man movie in however many years, and there’s a bit of fatigue? Is it that there was too much in there? Is it that it didn’t link? If it linked seamlessly, would that be too much? Were there tonal issues? What is it? I think all that is valuable. Constructive criticism is different from people just being d*cks, and I love constructive criticism.”
Although we may see Garfield in the webs on the big screen before then, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is tentatively set for release in 2018.