“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. I just want to say a couple of things. I’m Andrew Garfield and I’m gonna be here introducing this Amazing Spider-Man panel.
Stan Lee says that the reason 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 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 and to stick up for a 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 and women, all of us. And he has saved lives, and he has saved my life, and I owe Web-Head 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, and this is definitely the coolest moment of my life, and thank you for being here and sharing it with me.”
Andrew Garfield at Comic Con, 2011 (x)