Spider-Man: No Way Home is Marvel Studios' and Sony's latest success at the box office. The film has made well over $1 billion worldwide and features past Spider-Man villains such as Alfred Molina's Doc Ock, Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, and Jamie Foxx's Electro. The biggest reason for the movie's success, however, is the fact that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were able to return to their respective roles as the web-slingers for the first time in years.
Garfield, in particular, stole the show, as many long-time Marvel fans have hoped to see him swing into another Spider-Man project since Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man trilogy was discontinued. Although those films weren't viewed as highly as Sam Raimi's trilogy was when they debuted, no one could question the heart and talent that Garfield brought to Peter Parker.
From the moment he walked through the portal that marked his entrance in the movie until his final moments hugging Maguire and Tom Holland, Garfield was the center of many major scenes. He was able to save Zendaya's MJ from falling to her death, which gave him closure after not being able to save Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and he was even told how amazing he was by Maguire in a heartfelt moment between the two.
It is clear that the script for No Way Home was very carefully written, with fist-pump moments at every corner. However, according to Garfield, one of the most tear-inducing moments in the film was unscripted.
Andrew Garfield's Unscripted "I Love You"
In an interview with Variety, Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield talked about his return to the character in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
After the conflict between the Spider-Men and their villains was over, Garfield's character jumped into Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland's arms for a warm embrace, followed by him saying "I love you guys." Even though the script was thoroughly thought through, and many moments were designed to make the audience cheer out loud, Garfield revealed that this heartfelt line at the end of the movie was actually "improvised:"
"There’s a line I improvised in the movie, looking at [Maguire and Holland] and I tell them I love them. That was just me loving them."
Andrew Garfield's Love for Spider-Man
Hearing Andrew Garfield reveal that this line was unscripted, and it was just a spur-of-the-moment idea on his part, is incredible. Many probably thought that the scene and the dialogue were put into the script to cap off the climactic ending of the three live-action Spider-Man actors sharing the screen together.
It is clear that Garfield has always put 100% effort into playing Peter Parker. From 2012, when he first portrayed the character in The Amazing Spider-Man until his latest appearance in No Way Home, his love for the role has never been in question. Knowing that he is the one who came up with this line supports that claim even further.
Garfield also recently stated that he would be "definitely open" to playing the character again in the future "if it felt right." Considering the criticisms that his two films endured from both critics and fans, it proves that he truly does love Spider-Man. Perhaps his improvised line in No Way Home was not only Peter Parker stating that he loved Spider-Man, but even Garfield saying it himself.