SpiderMan and the curious case of cancellations!

“Mr Stark, I don’t feel so good..”, are you now? The raging amazon rainforest fires were overlapped yet again by another world-changing, mind-numbing, heartbreaking news; Sony Pictures pulls out of the inter-studio cooperation with Disney studios. Our friendly neighbourhood Spiderman, a comic-book character loved and cherished all over the world, is cursed by fate to always hang by a thread (heh) when it comes to building a stable franchise. 

Cartoon renditions of Vulture, Rhino, Green Goblin and Electro crying.
Cartoon renditions of Vulture, Rhino, Green Goblin and Electro crying.

Disney Studios, with their all-encompassing wealth and power, looking to monopolize the entertainment industry. Sony Pictures, the resistance. An uneasy alliance forged for the betterment of the common good: Spiderman. But now, due to the resistance’s stoicism, and the monarch’s greed, even that common good faces a probable wipeout. (Sounds like a decent movie plot if you ask me) From what we know, negotiations are still on, and the contract might be salvageable still. But one thing is for certain: the fans are going apeshit, and mass media is ready to light it up like the forests (too soon?)  

A scene from "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" where all three Spidermen's faces are photoshopped.
A scene from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” where all three Spidermen’s faces are photoshopped.

Movie-deals aside, studio feuds aside, let’s strip it down to the basics. What everybody wants to know are the technicalities that caused the rift between Sony and Disney, but what needs to be known and dealt with is a debate. 2008, 2014, 2019. Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Tom Holland. Three eras, three actors three Spidermen, brought to life by three different visionaries: Sam Raimi, Marc Webb, Jon Watts. Each director’s vision brought forth a different rendition of the web-slinger, but there is one question that plagues all minds: which one’s the better one, or is the best yet to come? (We see you, Danny DeVito)

Along with Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland, Danny DeVito is shown dressed as Spiderman.
Along with Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland, Danny DeVito is shown dressed as Spiderman.

On a path whose foundations were set by Tobey “Babyface” Maguire, as I like to call him, the actors have brought something new to the table every time. But one had to remain underrated, one who had the least screentime out of all the Spidermen: Andrew Garfield.

Contrary to popular belief, Andrew Garfield was the most comic-book accurate portrayal of Peter Parker. Goofy, witty, sneaky, sarcastic, sassy, a genius-level intellect with a garage-mechanic DIY aesthetic, Garfield was my ideal Spiderman. (MCU Spiderman is/was a spoiled sissy, change my mind)

So, this article was not just about the rift between Sony Pictures and Disney Studios, or which Spiderman is better it was also about why Andrew Garfield is my favorite choice to play the titular role should the need ever rise again. 

P.S. – Tom Holland is a good actor, but Far From Home was way too one-dimensional, and it earning over a billion dollars worldwide is the most tangible definition of “overrated”. Gotta run, I can hear the angry butthurt fans coming my way. Ciao.  

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