Now this sounds more like the Spidey we know and love. After a segment featuring Andrew Garfield and "Batkid" Miles Scott was cut from the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, Garfield opted to spend the day with Miles and his family at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
"Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production," a rep for the Academy told Us Weekly of why the planned bit was scrapped at the last second. "Andrew Garfield understood that his segment had to be omitted, and he drove to Disneyland on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles Scott (Batkid) and his family."
The Academy's statement comes on the heels of a report from the New York Post's Page Six, which claimed that Garfield backed out of the segment. A source reportedly told the site that "the Academy was going to make [Miles] an official superhero during the Oscar ceremony…but, in the middle of the dress rehearsal, Garfield decided he didn't like his lines."
The report further alleged that the Spider-Man actor "stormed off," leaving Miles' family "devastated." However, a story from the Hollywood Reporter claims the bit simply wasn't coming together. "Basically, because of the fluid nature of live TV production, ultimately the segment didn't work," an Academy rep explained. (Chris Evans was later brought in to present in Garfield's place.)
In any case, Batkid's experience in Hollywood isn't likely to be forgotten. How many kids can say they've spent a day at the happiest place on Earth with Spider-Man?