One of Tom Holland’s most defining traits as the current Spider-Man is his connection to the late Tony Stark, who became something akin to a second father figure or mentor to the younger Peter Parker. Actor Andrew Garfield, who played Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the earlier Amazing Spider-Man films in 2012 and 2014, thinks his version of the character wouldn’t get along so well with the iconic billionaire/superhero.
In a new video by GQ (via SlashFilm), Garfield answered questions from fans on the internet about his past roles, including his tenure as Spider-Man. When asked how the MCU Iron Man would treat Garfield’s Spider-Man, the actor was pretty firm that the pair wouldn’t get along.
“I definitely think Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man would be pretty suspect of MCU Iron Man,” Garfield said. “I think he would be a little turned off by the excess, the billionaire, trillionaire status of Iron Man. I think it would rub my version of Spider-Man the wrong way. But maybe there could be some influence there. Maybe my Peter Parker could wake Tony Stark up to his own egoic drives a little bit.”
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Garfield’s take on Spider-Man was definitely a little darker than Tom Holland’s, and maybe about as dark as Tobey Maguire’s, grappling with a conspiracy involving his dead parents, the death of Gwen Stacy’s police captain father, and later the death of Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. In any case, Garfield is on the record that Maguire is his favorite Spider-Man.
Rumors and fan theories have been swirling for weeks about Garfield potentially appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which has confirmed the return of Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, the Green Goblin, and even The Amazing Spider-Man’s Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, and Lizard. The latest trailer raised plenty of questions about how previous Spider-Man entries could play a role in the multiverse plot elements introduced in Spider-Man: Far From Home and Disney Plus’ Loki series.
Marvel is staying silent on whether Garfield will appear in No Way Home, and the actor himself has reiterated several times that the rumors are “hilarious” and saying that a cameo from him “is not something I’m aware of.” Whether this is the truth or just careful obfuscation by a spoiler-sensitive Marvel/Disney remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Garfield is plenty busy recently starring in Lin Manuel Miranda’s new musical film Tick, Tick…Boom! as Jonathon Larson, creator of Broadway’s Rent.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/web-shooter for IGN.