Spider-Man fans could have some of their comic book movie cake and eat it too soon with multiple versions of the character coming back to the screen. And with the upcoming return of multiple Peter Parkers in a new film, it looks like Giant Freakin Robot’s original scoop has been confirmed and Tobey Maguire could be heading back for even more Spidey films. Geekosity is reporting that Maguire is in talks to lead a new Spider-Man movie and would team back up with Sam Raimi for this new story. The two would essentially pair back up after getting this whole comic book movie world off the ground in the first place almost 20 years ago.
We had it a few days ago that Tobey Maguire could be heading back to the Peter Parker role in his own film and that is getting closer to reality. But according to Geekosity, there are some contingencies in play here. The first has to do with the relative success of Spider-Man: No Way Home. With this film set to employ the multiverse as a core aspect of its plotline, there is going to be a reunion of sorts for many of the characters previously featured in Spider-Man films. That includes both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their roles from the two versions of the franchise prior to Tom Holland. There could be a wait-and-see approach for a new Sony Spidey film to see if the reception of No Way Home is strong and, by proxy, fans are willing to see Maguire get back into the web-slinging costume.
The other piece of this set of news is how it would work into the current comic book landscape. It can get confusing following all of the different concurrent versions of the same character these days. With the comic book world an ever-expanding genre, it can get tough figuring out how different characters are interconnected and what “universe” they live in. Apparently, any new Spider-Man film involving Tobey Maguire would be in the Spider-Verse vein that we were originally introduced to in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
Because Sony still technically owns the rights to the Spider-Man character, they are free to make films outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that would most likely be the case here as well. The introduction of the Miles Morales character along with all other many of Spideys like we saw in that film would set the stage for a live-action version that got Tobey Maguire back in the role without a massively heavy lift.
The last time we saw Tobey Maguire in the spider suit was back in 2007’s Spider-Man 3 which marked the third collaboration between the actor and Sam Raimi for this character. The flick was another massive financial success for the franchise at close to $900 million at the box office though the 63% Rotten Tomatoes score points to a film that had a lukewarm (at best) reception with critics and fans. It definitely had its issues.
That being said, the massive popularity of the comic book world on screen right now and the perceived appetite for multiple versions of the same character mean that getting Tobey Maguire back as Spider-Man really isn’t that heavy a lift. If No Way Home is a hit, and it likely will be, we could be headed back to the Spider-verse with Maguire reprising the Peter Parker role once again.