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How Playing Spider-Man Essentially Ruined Andrew Garfield's Childhood

'Money is the thing that has corrupted all of us and led to the terrible ecological collapse that we are all about to die under.'

At this point, giant superhero movies like Avengers and Justice League all come down to one thing: money. After all, Hollywood is first and foremost still a business, a fact that’s no doubt broke the aspirations of many young actors and actresses. You have to give it to the actors behind Earth’s greatest superheroes—we’re sure there were plenty of hoops to jump through to bring forth the dreams of young kids to the big screen. And a little heartbreak, as well. 

According to Andrew Garfield, his short stint as Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man series was a devastating experience, and not because of any negligence or abuse on set. Instead, it was the profit-driven motives behind both movies that killed the dreams of Andrew’s younger self, and it’s possibly why the actor has since stayed away from big-budget films since then. 

“I went from being a naive boy to growing up. How could I ever imagine that it was going to be a pure experience? There are millions of dollars at stake and that’s what guides the ship. It was a big awakening and it hurt,” said Garfield to The Guardian

"Comic-Con in San Diego is full of grown men and women still in touch with that pure thing the character meant to them. [But] you add in market forces and test groups and suddenly the focus is less on the soul of it and more on ensuring we make as much money as possible. And I found that—find that—heartbreaking in all matters of the culture. Money is the thing that has corrupted all of us and led to the terrible ecological collapse that we are all about to die under.”


It’s no surprise that Hollywood execs look at dollar signs first, but it’s still just as sad to hear about how that essentially disillusioned one of the most memorable actors to portray Spider-Man. 

Given Garfield’s experience, we won’t be shocked if he doesn’t make an appearance in the highly anticipated Marvel film Spider-Man: No Way Home. There have been countless rumors and fake leaked photos pointing to Garfield’s involvement in the latest addition to the Marvel multiverse, but as he’s said multiple times, that’s just not happening. And after learning about Garfield’s traumatic experience playing Spidey, maybe it’s for the best.

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