I think this might be the most incredible day of my life, I’ve always wanted to be at Comic-Con in Hall H as Spider-Man with all you guys. This has always been a dream of mine. 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 this 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 for 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 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.

— Andrew Garfield at Comic-Con 2011