Spider-Man 4 Writer Talks Cancelled Script & Andrew Garfield’s Return

The writer for the ill-fated Spider-Man 4 opens up about the film’s script and his thoughts on Andrew Garfield’s return.

After the disappointing critical reception to Spider-Man 3, Sam Raimi sought redemption for his take on the iconic Marvel superhero, in which Tobey Maguire brought the character to life. Spider-Man 4 was in development, and writer James Vanderbilt was tapped to pen the script for it. Numerous creative differences arose between the teams, and the project was cancelled in favor of rebooting the franchise, with director Marc Webb taking over the reins and Academy Award-nominee Andrew Garfield donning the suit as The Amazing Spider-Man.

James Vanderbilt would move on to pen the script for Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man, which is notable given that it served as another origin story for the character, and a deviation from what he had written for Spider-Man 4. When speaking to Screen Rant, he reflected on the script, and how close Sam Raimi and the team were to bringing it to the screen:

“Yeah so, Spider-Man 4, we had a full script sort of ready to go, and, as is sort of the case when you’re a working feature writer, they brought in some other great writers to punch it up. They changed some things, and I think about a year later, they got to a point where – and I don’t know why – but they got to a point where they decided that wasn’t the road they were going to go down.”

James Vanderbilt also reflected on the triumphant return of Andrew Garfield in Spider-Man: No Way Home:

“So weirdly, I’d written Spider-Man for Tobey and for Andrew [Garfield], and I love what Tom [Holland] has done with it and what they’ve done within the MCU. So it was just so fun to see that. I always said the best thing we ever did was cast Andrew because I just think he’s such a phenomenal actor, and so to see him getting the love right now and the accolades is just really special.”

Andrew Garfield has been receiving a considerable amount of praise for his performance in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Often times, when debates occur online about the best Peter Parker, we often see it as a two-horse race between Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland, with Andrew Garfield trailing behind. Nowadays, the Academy Award-nominated actor has been receiving a significant amount of newfound appreciation from fans that initially dismissed his take.

Here is the synopsis for Spider-Man: No Way Home:

“For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.”

Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Marvel’s No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx, with Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters. Stay tuned for all the news on the future of Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and be sure to subscribe to The Hamden Journal’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Screen Rant

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