One of the most memorable moments I experienced at San Diego Comic Con 2011 was the beginning of the panel for The Amazing Spider-Man. After playing the trailer, a young man ran to the microphone and interrupted moderator Ralph Garman, shouting about how excited he was to be at Comic-Con for the first time. The energetic fan proclaimed that it was the greatest day of his life, then pulled off the mask to reveal none other than our new Peter Parker himself, Andrew Garfield.
Garfield then gave a prepared but heartfelt speech about what the character of Spider-Man meant to him.
“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 mine and every skinny boy’s 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.”
You can see video of the entire speech below.