Andrew Garfield's Amazing, Heartfelt Comic-Con Spider-Man Speech
If you didn't hear, yesterday's Comic-Con panel for Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man began when actor Andrew Garfield, who plays Peter Parker, appeared in a cheesy Spider-Man costume at the microphone where fans normally ask their questions. It seemed as if he wanted this to be his first reveal as Peter Parker to the fans because this was his first time at Comic-Con and he's as big of a fan of Spidey as us, "so here I am as a fan," he said. He then started speaking about his love for Spider-Man and how he "needed Spidey in my life" and went on to give one of the best speeches I've ever heard anyone give at Comic-Con. Watch it below.
I'm not going to lie - Andrew's speech really moved me and I could tell, just listening to his voice, that it was honest and heartfelt and came straight from his own heart. Thankfully his full speech has ended up online in video via twitvid or YouTube, and I must encourage everyone to spend a quick two minutes listening to this. I've also transcribed his complete speech below for anyone who wants specific quotes. Watch the video here:
I feel like I'll be watching this over and over even after Comic-Con is over, just to inspire myself and bring a smile to my face at any time. For those that can't watch the video or just want to read his full Spidey speech in text, here's the transcription of his introduction to The Amazing Spider-Man panel at Comic-Con 2011.
"Stan Lee says that the reason why Spidey is so popular is because all of us can relate to him, and I agree. I needed Spidey in my life when I was a kid and he gave me hope. In every comic I read, he was living out my—and every skinny boys'—fantasy of being stronger, of being free of the body I was born into, and that swinging sensation of flight. And upon receiving his power, unlike most who become corrupted, he used it for good. And I think we all wish that we had the courage to stick up for ourselves more, to stick up for our loved one more, or even a stranger you see being mistreated. And Peter Parker has inspired me to feel stronger. He made me, Andrew, braver. He reassured me that by doing the right thing, it's worth it, it's worth the struggle, it's worth the pain, it's worth even the tears, the bruises and the blood. And I wouldn't be able to stand here in front of you guys right now without feeling that Spider-Man was here with me, with his reassuring hand on my shoulder making sure I don't fall over and concuss myself."
"He has inspired countless people—girls, boys, men, women, all of us. And he has saved lives, and he saved my life. And I owe Webhead a lot, and I owe 'Stan the Man' a lot. And I'm humbled to be here—like you do not know—to share the work that we've done with all of you. And this is my first Comic-Con… this is definitely the coolest moment of my life and thank you for being here and sharing it with me."
In all my years attending Comic-Con, I have never seen any actor, or anyone at all, introduce a panel like this and read their own speech talking about their love for the character they play. Considering this is the second Peter Parker we'll see on the big screen, I think Andrew really wanted to address the fans directly as a fan himself, and tell them exactly why he loves Spider-Man as much as they all do. "You have no idea how much this means to me. I've always wanted to come here as a fan, and this is my first time, so here I am as a fan." It's one of those unforgettable Comic-Con moments that I know many people will be talking about for years to come. For now I'm just looking forward to seeing him as the new Spider-Man in theaters next July.