Spider-Man: No Way Home was a cinematic feat for many different reasons. It wrapped up multiple story arcs from different iterations of the character, spanning decades, and it brought back into the fold all manner of characters from the web-slinger’s time on the big screen. Considering the size and scope of the production, with the big names involved, it was mostly able to keep some of the big reveals relatively under wraps. A big part of that was guys like Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield keeping as much a lid as possible on their eventual roles in the movie even to those they were close with in their personal life, like Emma Stone.
And it seems that some friends of the actors, Andrew Garfield specifically, weren’t all that happy to have been kept in the dark, like the rest of us, around his eventual role in the film. While appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast with Josh Horowitz, Andrew Garfield explained how former Amazing Spider-Man co-star Emma Stone was trying to get it out of him whether or not he was appearing in No Way Home. Garfield, to his credit, said he kept the company line with her just like he did everyone else. Check out what he had to say about it:
Whether Emma Stone thought he was truly a jerk because he withheld the info isn’t totally clear. It’s likely she just wanted to be in the know live everyone else. And she, along with Kirsten Dunst from the original Tobey Maguire-led Spider-Man films were a couple of the notable omissions to the cast for No Way Home considering it seemed like almost everyone else of relevance got to come back into the mix. Of course, Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy died at the end of the second film, something this latest movie came full circle with when it came to the Andrew Garfield version of Peter Parker. He was able to, in some ways, make amends for that in this new timeline, saving Zendaya’s MJ in a way that didn’t work the first time with Gwen.
Andrew Garfield, along with Tobey Maguire, was adamant in the denials leaving up to Spider-Man: No Way Home about their supposed involvement. While it as generally assumed among fans that the two were going to return in some way, rumors flying for the better part of a year about plans for them to come back, both stuck to it when it came denying involvement. Even up until the last moments before release, it really was a major question about whether they would return. That they had such big roles when it was all said and done really was solid work by the studios to keep things secret.
And it turns out both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire were so excited for the premiere of the movie, specifically around the potential reaction when they would appear on screen, that the two snuck into a showing in disguise that night. It was well worth the playful subterfuge that they could let fans have a few moments of realizing that the three Peter Parkers were going to, in fact, end up fighting altogether. And it was worth it to hoodwink even friends about it.