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Tom Holland's Spider-Man suit might be newer, but Andrew Garfield reveals perks of his older design
How does Peter Parker use the restroom while in full-on hero mode? Depends on the universe.
How does Peter Parker... relieve his bladder while wearing his iconic costume? The answer depends on which part of the multiverse you're in. Openly discussing his highly-anticipated return in Spider-Man: No Way Home with Variety after almost a year of trying to convince the public he wasn't in the movie, Andrew Garfield revealed the one major advantage his super-suit had over the one worn by Tom Holland.
"There was talk about going to the bathroom and, you know, padding around the package," the actor recalled. "We talked about what worked for each of us. Tom was jealous because I have little zippers in my suit that I can get my hands out of very easily. To work his phone, he had to use his nose because he couldn’t access his hands."
All that fancy Stark nano-tech has nothing on the classics!
While superhero outfits look extremely cool on the big screen, they're usually a massive source of discomfort for the actors who wear them. And it's not just limited to the Marvel Universe. Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and Christian Bale have all complained about the claustrophobic and limiting nature of the Batsuits donned for their respective depictions of Gotham City's Dark Knight.
"Whatever boyish excitement I had going in was crushed by the reality of the Batsuit," Kilmer states in the Amazon documentary chronicling his life and career. "When you're in it, you can barely move and people have to help you stand up and sit down. You also can't hear anything and after awhile, people stop talking to you. It's very isolating. It was a struggle for me to get a performance past the suit and it was frustrating until I realized that my role in the film was just to show up and stand where I was told to."
Fortunately, Holland was able to distract himself from all the costume unpleasantness by shooting the breeze with his fellow wall-crawlers. "We would have deeper conversations, too, and talk about our experiences with the character," Garfield said. "And to have [longtime Sony producer] Amy Pascal there, who has seen through nine movies, including Spider-Verse. It was a revelatory experience for her, realizing how much life and time she’d given to this character. That was beautiful and profound."
The motifs they kept coming back to were "mentorship" and "brotherhood."
"What it is to be the older brother, younger brother and the middle brother. There’s also a thing of seeing someone you love walking down a path that you’ve already walked down, and you know it doesn’t lead the place where you ultimately meant to go. That character is isolated in his emotional experience and physical experience. But what happens when that aloneness gets blasted open, and you come to realize that you’ve never been alone and there are other brothers going through the exact same thing? That’s a big spiritual journey to go on, man. And then we just milked out all the fun that we could possibly have."
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters everywhere.