The New Spider-Man Might Need to Keep His Day Job

Apparently, not everyone is scoring a massive payday in Hollywood these days.

Andrew Garfield, the British actor who was recently tapped to star in the reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise, will reportedly only receive $500,000 for the first installment of the comic-book movie franchise—not bad at all for us mere mortals, and perhaps not too shabby for a relative unknown, but a fairly paltry sum compared to what his predecessor, Tobey Maguire, received.

By contrast, Maguire was paid $4 million for his first portrayal of the web-slinger, reportedly raked in $17.5 million plus a 5% back-end percentage for Spider-Man 2, and was supposedly offered another $20 mil, plus a back-end percentage, for the fourth installment before Sony decided to start from scratch with the series. Ouch.

On the bright side, Garfield will receive $1 million for his second Spidey flick, and $2 million for the third. Assuming that the fickle powers that be in Hollywood don’t replace him first.

In the meantime, maybe Garfield can supplement his income by doing kids’ parties in his Spider-Man costume?