Andrew Garfield believes that lying about his role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, the most recent installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was “absolutely” the right decision. No Way Home is the 27th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and marks Tom Holland’s third solo adventure as the renowned web-slinging hero, following the November release of Eternals.
Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, and Marisa Tomei, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch And Benedict Wong from Doctor Strange, joined him. Along with Garfield, the film included Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, and Tobey Maguire, to mention a few actors from Sony’s Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man films. In a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused Podcast, Garfield reveals why denying his involvement in Spider-Man: No Way Home was “the proper thing to do.”
While fans may have expected to see him in the picture, he predicts that there will be a “scintilla of doubt” in their minds when they walk into the theatre. He also says that, regardless of what the audience expects, the moment will be exciting enough when it happens. He then goes on to say how much he enjoyed lying about the role, adding that it gave him “interesting stuff to talk about,” especially the “Photoshop” moment.
According to Screenrant, he stated, “I’m sure there was a speck of doubt in their minds when they went into see Spider-Man: No Way Home, but it was enough for them to let go and declare, ‘Yes, it happened!’ It was, in my opinion, the correct decision. Even when I was clearly on set for Spider-Man wearing a Spider-Man [suit], it offered me exciting stuff to talk about, deny, and talk about Photoshop (laughs). That was amazing.”
Aside from No Way Home, Garfield had a busy year in 2021, starring in Netflix’s feature drama Tick, Tick… Boom! directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jessica Chastain’s biographical The Eyes of Tammy Faye. The British-American actor’s time spent making the rounds with the press to promote these films was always going to be a difficult task for him. Nonetheless, it’s safe to say that Garfield handled the challenges he was handed excellently and proved his earlier remark true, as Spider-Man: No Way Home far surpassed fan expectations, even allowing his Peter Parker version plenty of time to shine.