PARK CITY, Utah — Ever since Andrew Garfield was announced to star as Spider-Man in Marc Webb's big-screen reboot of the Marvel superhero franchise, all eyes have been turned to Tobey Maguire to see what his response would be. It's not so much that Garfield replaced Maguire as Peter Parker as that Sony, who produces the films, decided that the series would be better served if it followed the teenage version of Parker through his transition — you know, to tap into the "Twilight" teen audience. And thus, the yet-untitled "Spider-Man" prequel was born.
But there never has been any hard feelings between the two Spideys, at least publicly. The first picture of Garfield as Spider-Man hit the Internet on January 13, and it showed a different take on the famed suit than the one Maguire donned in the three Sam Raimi films. MTV recently caught up with Maguire at the Sundance Film Festival, and the former "Spider-Man" star said he has seen the new suit and liked what he saw.
"I thought it looked cool," revealed Maguire. "I mean, I think they did a great job with the design of it, and I'm excited to see it in action."
It's not the first time Maguire has voiced his approval of the "Spider-Man" prequel. During a December interview with BBC News, Garfield admitted that Maguire had reached out to him to congratulate him on the role and give him his backing.
"He sent me a lovely message through a mutual friend," said Garfield. "He gave me his support, and it meant a great deal, of course, because part of the reason I love and have continued to love this character was because of his portrayal. To step into those shoes is no mean feat. It was generous of him to reach out and say something, so I'm thankful."
The "Spider-Man" prequel is filming right now, and is set to be released on July 3, 2012.
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