Andrew Garfield on Gwen Stacy’s Death Redemption in Spider-Man

In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Andrew Garfield discusses Spider- Man’s after Gwen Stacy’s death. Garfield starred as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man film series, which ended with The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Garfield’s Spider-Man tried to save his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone), as she plummeted to her death, shooting a web and catching her, but the quick stop broke her neck and killed her at the end of the film.

In the film, his character was seen mourning her death and attempting to go on as Spider-Man.

Andrew on Gwen’s Death

Garfield was never given the opportunity to redeem himself as Spider-Man because The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was never made. Instead, the character was rebooted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with actor Tom Holland, who first played Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and continued to play the role in crossovers and solo films until Spider-Man: No Way Home, in which both Garfield and Tobey Maguire, the Spider-Man from Sam Raimi’s films, appeared and assisted Holland’s Spider-Man.

Garfield and Maguire, on the other hand, did not appear in the picture as mere extras, but rather as fully fleshed-out characters who gave their respective Spider-Men weight and redemption. Garfield discussed his comeback to the character with Variety, focusing on the redemption he received following the loss of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Garfield’s redemption came when he saved MJ (Zendaya) from death, succeeding in rescuing her in a similar method to what he had done with Gwen, but without the horrific consequences.

The actor went on to say:

My Spider-Man got to save his younger brother’s romantic relationship, potentially. And to heal the most traumatic moment of his own life through doing it for his younger brother. Making sure that he didn’t have the same fate, there’s something cosmically beautiful about that. It meant getting a second chance at saving Gwen.

Despite the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was never made, Garfield moved on to work on other successful projects. He appeared in a number of high-profile films, including Mel Gibson’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge, Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Andy Serkis’ Breathe, and Michael Showalter’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye, to name a few. He recently starred in Lin Manuel Miranda’s tick, tick…BOOM! and will next be seen in Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven, a Hulu miniseries.

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