When it comes to iconic Marvel characters on the big screen, few rival what Spider-Man has been able to accomplish. Everyone’s favorite webslinger has had incredible actors, a plethora of iconic moments, and has been able to haul in billions of dollars proving time and time again that fans of all ages love Spider-Man.
Despite all the love, Spidey has had some troubles, too. Sally Field, who played Aunt May in the Amazing Spider-Man films, was great as her character, but she has also taken a swing at those films.
Let’s look at the success of those movies, what Fields had to say, and how fans have a renewed appreciation for Garfield’s portrayal of Spider-Man.
The Amazing Spider-Man Films Had Success, But Had Their Problems
In the ever-evolving realm of cinematic superheroes, few have managed to capture the hearts of audiences quite like The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. This modern reboot of the iconic web-slinger’s story swung into theaters in 2012, promising a fresh spin on a familiar tale.
Starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, the franchise proved to be more than just a mere reboot; it was a triumphant return to form for the wall-crawling hero. After the original Sam Raimi trilogy concluded, the franchise lay dormant for a spell, leading many to wonder if Spidey would ever swing his way back into our hearts. But in 2012, director Marc Webb took the reins and reinvigorated the beloved character.
After two movies, however, things came to halt. The films were fun, but lacked the punch of Raimi’s trilogy. While the franchise didn’t pan out in the long run, it left a permanent mark on a generation of film fans.
The Amazing Spider-Man franchise had a lot of positives, however, including its cast. One standout star of the franchise was none other than Sally Field, who portrayed the beloved Aunt May. Her portrayal added a tender and relatable touch to the film, endearing her to both new and long-time fans. Field’s ability to balance the character’s wisdom and warmth made Aunt May a scene-stealer in every appearance.
Despite being great in it, Fields eventually came out with some harsh criticism.
Sally Field Had Harsh Words For The Franchise
When speaking with Howard Stern, Field got real about the movie.
Howard asked if Fields was a fan of the movie.
“Not especially. It’s not my kind of movie. But my friend Laura Ziskin was the producer, and we knew it would be her last film, and she was my first producing partner, and she was a spectacular human.”
From there, the actress piled on.
When asked about the thought she put into the character, she said, “Not a great deal. Because it’s really hard to find a three dimensional character in it, and you work it as much as you can, but you can’t put ten pounds of s*** in a five pound bag. You have to try to make it as logical a performance as you possibly can. Andrew is such a lovely, lovely, actor, so we found a relationship in who we were, and that was fun.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but clearly, she was being honest.
As we previously mentioned, these films did have their problems, but they also have legions of fans. Thanks to renewed interest, could we see a comeback?
There Has Been A Renewed Interest In Garfield’s Version Of Spider-Man
For those keeping track, we have gotten to see Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man appear in both Spider-Man: No Way Home and Across The Spider-Verse, two massive box office hits that had fans pining for more Andrew Garfield.
When talking about his appearance in Now Way Home Garfield said, “[There was] undeniable excitement at the concept of just the simple image of the three of us together. It was exciting on so many levels. On a fan level — which I am — and on an actor level, being able to work with my Spider-Man, Tobey, and then the brilliant Tom. Then, on an even deeper level of, well, what does that mean? What can we explore about these three brothers who are separated through time and space.”
He also noted differences between his Peter Parker, and Tom Holland’s.
“The essence of that character [Peter Parker] is so much about isolation and being a one-man army, especially in the origins of the story. Obviously, with Tom’s iteration, joining in with the Avengers is a deeply reassuring thing — but I think, essentially, he’s a lone kid, and that’s what makes him so compelling and relatable because we all know what that is somehow,” he said.
It’s unlikely that we will get a third Amazing Spider-Man movie, but here’s hoping we continue getting more Garfield as the character in other projects.