Andrew Garfield has been on a press tour for his new film, 99 Homes. However it seems like the actor has spent a majority of that time talking about Spider-Man. While Garfield earlier commented on what went wrong with The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, in his latest interview, he weighs in on the ongoing debate on "superhero fatigue".
Garfield didn't really talk about when, how and if the superhero genre will fade away. His argument was more with regard to the social responsibilities these films carry and whether it is right to continue showcasing the unrealistic idea of "one man or woman saving the entire world".
"...As I get older, you think, 'What would I show my kids?' There may be some dangers about the one man coming and saving humanity," he told MTV News. "It kind of abdicates the rest of us of responsibility," Garfield continued.
"We have had great figures in the history of time — I think of Gandhi, and John Lennon, and Martin Luther King, whoever you want to name. These great, progressive movements... But they're movements. There just happens to be one person who is the face. That person is a community, and that person is bringing their gifts into the community."
But "the idea that the world is going to be saved by one man, one woman, is a fallacy," the actor said. Garfield then went on to reveal how he decided to reflect on the issue, in his own small way, by contributing to the ending of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Garfield cited the scene - which shows a young kid dressed as Spider-Man in a face-off with Rhino (Paul Giamatti), before the real Spidey takes over - as an example of how to do the superhero as community leader the right way.
"That was one of my favourite parts of the film, and it was my idea," Garfield recalled. "I felt the film was missing me as a seven-year-old. All of us as a seven-year-old, being inspired, and given the strength to be who we are, we can step into fear and be courageous in our own lives."