Watch: Andrew Garfield surprises Comic-Con with love letter to Spider-Man

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At Comic-Con on Friday, as the moderator of The Amazing Spider-Man panel was about to introduce the guests, a young man in a cheap, Halloween-style Spider-Man costume commandeered a floor microphone, appearing to be an overzealous fanboy wishing to express his love of the webbed crusader. Then he whipped off his mask, revealing himself to be the star of the movie, Andrew Garfield, as the crowd erupted.

Garfield then proceeded to breathlessly read from pages he had written relating his love for "Webhead" and Stan Lee, praising Spidey's vigilante ethos, saying how the superhero had inspired him by living out "my 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." It's refreshing and reassuring to see the humility and childlike enthusiasm coming from the star of the movie, exuding a heartfelt geekiness, as opposed to being cool and above it all.

On the other hand, Rhys Ifans, who plays Spidey's nemesis, The Lizard, in the movie, was also at Comic-Con, and apparently smelled of alcohol and was the subject of a citizen's arrest and charged with misdemeanor battery after shoving a female security guard. This was after Ifans, returning from having a smoke outside, was held up over a credentialing issue with a member of his entourage. He did, however, later join Garfield, Emma Stone, and other principals on the Spider-Man panel.