With Spider-Man: No Way Home just a few months away all eyes have been on the wall crawlers that may or may not be appearing in the movie. Although nothing has been confirmed, The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield is rumored to star in the film alongside fellow Peter Parker, Tobey Maguire.
Rumors of the epic Spider-Man team-up were emboldened by a leaked photo that was allegedly snapped on the No Way Home set. The image has since been scrubbed from the net by Sony Pictures, strengthening claims of its authenticity. But despite the growing evidence, Andrew Garfield has continuously denied any involvement in the upcoming movie.
In an interview with Variety, Andrew Garfield spoke about his disillusionment with Sony Pictures and their constant tampering with the Spider-Man films he starred in. “I had karma with Amy Pascal, who was a mother figure and we would fight,” he said about the Sony Pictures Chairman. “But ultimately, we loved each other on a deep level. We tried to meet as much in the middle as we could in terms of why I wanted to do this role, and what her needs were as the head of the studio.”
While he may have been bitter before, Andrew Garfield’s perspective has changed, telling the publication he has nothing but gratitude for the experience. “It was only beautiful. I got to meet Emma [Stone] and work with her and Sally Field.”
During the interview, Andrew Garfield also expressed pride at being part of the epic superhero lineage with Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland. But he laughs it off when asked about unconfirmed reports and leaked images that seem to confirm his involvement in Spider-Man: No Way Home – a Multiverse story that is said to unite him, Maguire, and Holland for the first time on-screen as Spider-Men.
“I understand why people are freaking out about the concept of that because I’m a fan as well. You can’t help but imagine scenes and moments of ‘Oh, my God, how fucking cool would it be if they did that?’ But it’s important for me to say, on the record that this is not something I’m aware I am involved in. But I know I’m not going to be able to say anything that will convince anyone that I don’t know what’s happening. No matter what I say, I’m fucked. It’s either going to be really disappointing for people or it’s going to be really exciting.”Andrew Garfield
Despite his denial, theories still maintain that Doctor Strange is the conduit to bringing Andrew Garfield and Toby Maguire’s versions of Spider-Man into Tom Holland’s universe by way of the multiverse. This late in the game, the only way to know for sure is to watch the movie.
Spider-Man: No Way Home may not feature Andrew Garfield, but it will be Tom Holland’s third outing as the famed web-slinger. Directed by Jon Watts, the film also stars Zendaya as MJ, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus, and Jamie Foxx as Electro. Reprising their roles from previous Spider-Man films are Tony Revolori as Eugene “Flash” Thompson, Parker’s classmate and rival, Angourie Rice as Betty Brant, Parker’s classmate and Leeds’ ex-girlfriend, and Hannibal Buress as Coach Wilson, Midtown School of Science and Technology’s gym teacher.
The story essentially examines how Peter Parker’s life and reputation are turned upside down following his identity being exposed at the hands of Mysterio. Interestingly, this is something that’s already happened in the comic book lore – sort of.
In 2007 Marvel released One More Day, a four-part comic book crossover storyline, connecting the three main Spider-Man series published at the time. In this version, Peter’s attempt to restore his secret identity culminates in him making a deal with Mephisto.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will arrive in theaters on December 17, 2021. A fourth Spider-Man film is in development.