Andrew Garfield

Why Do People Hate Andrew Garfield?

Andrew Garfield is an accomplished English-American actor known for roles in films like The Social Network, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Tick, Tick…Boom!.

However, despite his talents, Garfield has faced some backlash and hatred from certain groups over the years. There are a few key reasons why the acclaimed actor has his detractors.

He Wasn’t Considered Right for Spider-Man by Some Fans

When Andrew Garfield was cast as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the 2012 reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, some fans of the original Spider-Man film trilogy starring Tobey Maguire objected to the choice.

Tobey Maguire Was Beloved

Many fans adored Tobey Maguire’s take on the classic Marvel hero and didn’t want to see another actor in the role so soon. Maguire played Spider-Man in three films from 2002 to 2007.

Garfield Was Too Cool or Handsome

Some felt Garfield was too cool or handsome to play the dorky, nerdy Peter Parker from the comics.

Younger Than Maguire When Cast

Additionally, Garfield was 28 when he was cast, making him younger than Maguire, who was 26 when he first played Spider-Man. This added to the sense that Garfield didn’t fit the part.

Didn’t Match Traditional Depiction

Overall, for lifelong Spider-Man fans, Garfield’s portrayal just didn’t match the more traditional comic book depiction of the character.

He Had a Different, Edgier Take on Spider-Man

Beyond just being considered miscast in the role, some disliked Andrew Garfield’s actual performance and take on Spider-Man.

Sarcastic and Quippy

Compared to Maguire’s earnest, straightforward version, Garfield’s Spider-Man was more sarcastic, quippy, and cocky.

Skateboarder Vibes

Between the hair and skateboarding scenes, he gave off more rebellious, skateboarder vibes than what people expected from Peter Parker.

Romance with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy

His romance with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy also played out differently than in the comics, such as when [SPOILER] she died in the second film.

“Cool” Spider-Man

Overall, some thought Garfield tried too hard to make Spider-Man seem cool, especially for younger audiences, rather than making him seem like an authentic nerd.

He Was Blamed for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Flopping

While the first Amazing Spider-Man film was moderately successful, the 2014 sequel was considered a box office and critical flop. As the face of the franchise, Andrew Garfield took much of the blame.

High Expectations After Reboot

There were high expectations for the reboot to deliver after the creative disappointment of Spider-Man 3. But the sequel was bloated and crammed with villains and plotlines.

Career Lowlight for Garfield

The failure of such a high-profile project was a definite career lowlight for Garfield up to that point.

Hurt Future Spider-Man Plans

The flop also derailed Sony’s plans for building a Spider-Man cinematic universe to compete with Marvel. This made Garfield’s Spider-Man run end on a sour note.

Perception He Was Responsible

As the star, Garfield was seen by many fans as responsible for the confusing direction and quality of the sequel.

He Was Seen as Difficult to Work With

There were also reports that Andrew Garfield could be difficult to work with at times and clashed with the powers behind the Spider-Man films.

Rumors of Behavior on Set

Rumors circulated about Garfield arriving late to set, refusing to wear certain costumes, and wanting script changes to make Spider-Man edgier and cooler.

Didn’t Get Along with Producers

Allegedly he didn’t get along well with the higher-ups like producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

Image as a Prima Donna

This painted an image of Garfield as a prima donna who refused to listen to collaborators. Whether true or not, it damaged his reputation.

Contributed to End of Tenure as Spider-Man

Ultimately, his reported behavior likely contributed to his short-lived tenure as Spider-Man, as Sony opted to strike a deal with Marvel instead.

He Was Replaced as Spider-Man More Quickly Than Expected

When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 underperformed in 2014, Andrew Garfield expected to get another shot at Spider-Man in a sequel. But he ended up being replaced quicker than he anticipated.

Planned Third Film Got Cancelled

The original plan was for Garfield to star in a third Amazing Spider-Man film scheduled for a 2018 release. But plans were halted after the second film struggled.

Surprise Recasting in Captain America: Civil War

In 2015, it was unexpectedly announced Tom Holland would debut as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War the following year.

Two Appearances as Spider-Man Total

So despite originally signing a three picture deal, Garfield only got to play Spider-Man twice before losing the role.

Shortest Tenure Compared to Others

Across live action film, Garfield’s stint as Spider-Man turned out to be the shortest compared to Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland’s tenures.

His Spider-Man Films Were Retconned Out of MCU Continuity

After Andrew Garfield’s films ended, the subsequent Spider-Man movies with Tom Holland as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe completely ignored The Amazing Spider-Man’s events and continuity.

Treated Like They Never Happened

The Amazing Spider-Man films were essentially retconned to be treated like they never happened in the MCU timeline moving forward.

Like Failed Experiment Erased

It was as if Sony and Marvel were erasing a failed experiment with Garfield’s Spider-Man from the canon.

Holland’s Origin Story Redone

So in the MCU continuity, Peter Parker’s origin story and early days as Spider-Man were redone again with Tom Holland, contradicting Garfield’s films.

Erased Garfield’s Contributions

This creative choice served to essentially erase Garfield’s contributions and tenure as the webslinger from the overarching Spider-Man movie universe and history.

He Was Perceived as Taking Roles Away from Miles Teller

In acclaimed director Jason Reitman’s 2022 film The Front Runner, Andrew Garfield played politician Gary Hart. But some believed actor Miles Teller was originally supposed to get the role but lost it to Garfield.

Teller Was Rumored to Be Attached Earlier

According to reports, Teller had been attached to play Hart years earlier when the project was first in development. But for unclear reasons he ended up not starring.

Garfield Cast Instead of Teller

Then later on, Garfield entered the picture and was cast as Hart over Teller.

Seen as Role Stolen from Teller

This led to accusations that Garfield had swooped in and stolen the role away from Teller.

Contributed to Image as Unlikable

Whether true or not, this event contributed to perceptions in some circles that Garfield was willing to snake roles away from other actors.

Best Actor Oscar Nomination Was Controversial

Andrew Garfield generated some backlash earlier this year when he received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Tick, Tick…Boom!. Some felt the nomination was undeserved.

Limited Screen Time in Film

In the film, Garfield doesn’t appear onscreen for large chunks of runtime as the story focuses on other characters’ storylines.

Stage vs. Film Acting Skills

The role showcased his stage acting talents but some argued did not demonstrate well-rounded film acting range deserving of an Oscar nom.

Other Great Performances Not Nominated

Many pointed out other acclaimed lead acting performances like Will Smith in King Richard were snubbed while Garfield got nominated.

Perception Awards Are Overvalued

For some, this cemented a perception that the Oscars overvalue prestige biopics like Tick, Tick…Boom! over other works.

Sense He Didn’t Earn Nomination

Whether a fair take or not, it contributed to a sense that Garfield did not fully earn his first Oscar nomination on the merits of his acting skills that year.


In summary, Andrew Garfield has faced criticism and backlash from certain circles for reasons like not fitting the traditional image of Spider-Man, giving an unpopular interpretation of the character, being blamed for the failure of The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, behaving difficult on set, having his Spider-Man films erased from continuity, supposedly stealing a role from Miles Teller, and perceived undeserved Oscar recognition.

Despite being a proven talent, these factors combined have shaped common narratives painting Garfield as unlikeable, overrated or undeserving of certain opportunities.

However, Garfield remains one of the most accomplished actors of his generation with an Oscar nomination and a wide range of impressive roles under his belt at just 39 years old. While his Spider-Man films may have had issues, he is not solely responsible for their flaws.

Going forward he will likely continue taking on compelling, complex film and theater projects that allow him to showcase his versatility. And he will have the chance to potentially redeem his Spider-Man in some way now that multiverses are open in the MCU. So there are still bright days ahead for Andrew Garfield’s career and reputation even if a vocal minority still choose to unfairly hate on the talented actor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who played Spider-Man before Andrew Garfield?

Tobey Maguire played Spider-Man in three films directed by Sam Raimi from 2002 to 2007.

How old was Garfield when he was cast as Spider-Man?

Garfield was 28 years old when he was cast as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

How many Spider-Man movies did Andrew Garfield star in?

Andrew Garfield starred as Spider-Man in two films – The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).

Who replaced Garfield as Spider-Man?

Tom Holland replaced Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man beginning with Captain America: Civil War (2016) and continuing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

What awards has Andrew Garfield won?

Andrew Garfield has been nominated for 2 Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles in Hacksaw Ridge (2016) and Tick, Tick…Boom! (2021). He has won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for Angels in America (2018).

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