A leaked email from 2014, shows why Andrew Garfield was let go as Spider-Man because he failed to show up at the event.
The lukewarm box-office reception of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 certainly halted Sony’s plans to expand the series, but a specific event involving star Andrew Garfield may have helped to end the franchise.
After the infamous Sony hack of 2014, Sony chief Kaz Hirai revealed in an email that the actor was ‘let go’ from the character after he failed to show up at an event that was supposed to announce The Amazing Spider-Man 3 release.
The email read, “Here we are about one hour away from our Gala event, and Andrew decides he doesn’t want to attend. He has a rather scruffy beard, and he just wants to be left alone.”
Garfield has always been open about talking about the poor reception of his second Spider-Man movie. He told the Daily Beast in 2014, “What happened was that through pre-production, production and post-production when you work on something collectively, and then you start removing parts of it. Once you start removing things and saying, ‘No, that and this doesn’t work,’ then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story.”
Garfield’s run as Spider-Man ended with his second film; Sony decided to have an agreement with Marvel Studios for MCU to have Spiderman appear in their films. Actor Tom Holland stepped in and later played Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and the two Avengers films.