Andrew Garfield Says Missed Opportunities With Spider-Man Were "Absolutely Devastating"

"Spider-Man was my favorite superhero, my first superhero costume when I was a 3-year-old at Halloween," the actor told THR.

If you thought that Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man wasn't given the material he deserved in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the one-time wall-crawler might agree with you.

During The Hollywood Reporter's Actor Roundtable, Garfield describes the experience of working on superhero movies as "brutal" and seems to be very aware of the potential squandered in Sony's last attempt at bringing the Marvel superhero to the big screen.

Referring to an earlier comment from Dev Patel, Garfield said, "I love what you just said, that you were looking at a stranger and feeling like you were perpetuating something that's toxic and something that's shallow and something that has no depth, no matter how much depth was attempted. Spider-Man was my favorite superhero, my first superhero costume when I was a 3-year-old at Halloween."

He continued, "I was like, there's millions of young people watching who are hungry for someone to say, 'You're OK. You're seen very deeply.' And more often than not the opportunity is not taken, and it is absolutely devastating and heartbreaking because there is so much medicine that could be delivered through those films."

This isn't the first time Garfield has shared his frustrations with the Amazing Spider-Man movies; in 2014, he told the L.A. Times that he "felt like there were lots of missed opportunities" in the first of the two movies, adding, "It was heartbreaking in a lot of ways."

More recently, he criticized the final edit of Amazing Spider-Man 2 when talking to the Daily Beast, saying, "There was this thread running through it. I think what happened was, through the preproduction, production, and postproduction, when you have something that works as a whole and then you start removing portions of it — because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related. Once you start removing things and saying, 'No, that doesn’t work,' then the thread is broken."

Read the full Actor Roundtable here, which features plenty of other superhero talk, including Jeff Bridges on rewriting Iron Man.