Andrew Garfield: the new Spider-Man

Tobey Maguire look out – someone’s after your crown as the web-slinging Spider-Man, and his name is Andrew Garfield.

The legions of fans eagerly awaiting the next instalment in the fantastic Spider-Man saga will be thrilled to know that an actor has finally been chosen to replace Maguire’s role as Peter Parker, alter-ego Spider-Man.

At 26 he’s by no means the youngest actor we’ve seen move from a small role to a large one, but the Spider-Man films are as large as it gets in the comic-book world.

Garfield, who previously starred in Robert Redford’s Lions for Lambs, is an extremely talented man, says new Spider-Man director Marc Webb.

“Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents,” Webb said in a statement.

“He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker,” the director who takes the baton from Sam Raimi concluded.

Bold words from a bold man, but the question remains – will the new generation of Spider-Man heroes, villains and supporting characters be as good as the original?

I’m sure no one’s too sad to see the back of Kirsten Dunst’s petulant Mary-Jane, but the dashing Maguire may be a tough act to follow. We’ll see how Garfield matches up when the film’s trailer makes an appearance.

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