The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters this Friday. It's only Andrew Garfield's second outing as the webslinger, but it feels like he already has one foot out the door. Sony plans on squeezing every ounce of life out of the Spider-Man property, with two more solo films and multiple spinoffs (Sinister Six and Venom). But Garfield doens't plan to wear out his welcome. The British actor is already looking toward the future and is prepared to pass the Spider-Man torch.
Garfield turns 31 in August and isn't interested in playing a geriatric version of the hero. He wants Peter Parker to have good run that comes to a natural end.
"I want it to feel like a circle. I want the two ends to join, somehow," Garfield said. "I don't know what that means, yet. I don't know what that means in terms of the quantity of Spider-Man movies I do. But I know that I don't particularly want to be a 40-year-old Spider-Man. [Laughs] I do know that time is fleeting."
So who'll pick up where Peter leaves off? Garfield has the perfect successor in mind: Ultimate Spider-Man himself, Miles Morales.
"Miles Morales was a huge moment in this character's comic book life. And I do believe that we can do that. It's something I'm really interested in figuring out; an eloquent way of coexisting, or passing on the torch. I don't have an answer, but I think it's actually a really important move. I think it's a really beautiful and important move."
Morales made his comic-book debut in Marvel's Ultimate Fallout #4 (Aug. 2011). He's a teenager of African-American and Hispanic descent who becomes Spider-Man after Peter Parker's death. Like Garfield, we're not interested in seeing a 40-year-old Peter Parker swinging from the rooftops either. Hopefully, Sony can move the character into another role, allowing a younger Spider-Man to save the day.
Are you interested in seeing Miles Morales on the big screen?