The speculation and rumors about Spider-Man: No Way Home have been raging since before we even knew the film’s full title, and they’re almost certain to keep going that way until the movie hits theaters next month. On top of fans’ wish list is the return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in their respective roles of different narratives’ versions of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. It doesn’t matter what anyone says — including the actors themselves — and it’s probably not going to matter now that Tom Holland has again confirmed that neither Maguire nor Garfield will appear in the sequel.
In the latest issue of Total Film (via Games Radar), Tom Holland says his Spider-Man predecessors won’t be in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Specifically, Holland says, “People don’t believe me when I say that [Maguire and Garfield] are not coming back. But people are going to have to believe me at some point.”
But can the Uncharted star really blame us for not believing him? Take what Tom Holland says before the above quote, for example. Speaking to Total Film about working on No Way Home, Holland says, “It was interesting having those guys come in because they have a certain ownership over Spider-Man in their own way.” According to Total Film, it was at this point that Holland stopped mid-sentence and said he was talking about Jamie Foxx, Alfred Molina, and “those guys.” It’s also these villains he claims to be referring to when he talks about “three generations coming together.” It’s like he doesn’t even want us to believe him.
Not to mention that proof seems to be mounting against Tom Holland’s claims. This week photos showed up on Twitter many believe to be genuine shots from the set of Spider-Man: No Way Home of Holland, Maguire, and Garfield all in their respective Spidey outfits. For good measure, there’s a shot of Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in there as well. You can see the images yourself below.
These photos could just be very inventive fakes, especially considering Tom Holland’s insistence that his predecessors aren’t in the film, but it’s understandable for fans’ expectations to be at such a fever pitch. Marvel’s been teasing the notion of bringing heroes from non-MCU Marvel movies into the fold for a while. They came within a hair’s breadth of doing it earlier this year by casting Evan Peters as Ralph Bohner in WandaVision — a guy pretending to be Quicksilver. Heck, while the character isn’t a hero, they actually did bring J.K. Simmons back to play the MCU version of J. Jonah Jameson.
Spider-Man: No Way Home, directed by Jon Watts, hits theaters Friday, December 17. Tom Holland — if not Tobey or Tobey Maguire — will return as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and he will be joined by Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Other returning Spider-Man cast members include Zendaya as MJ, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, and J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. Returning from Spider-Man movies of old are Alfred Molina as Doc Ock, Jamie Foxx as Electro, Thomas Haden Church as Sandman, and Rhys Ifans as the Lizard.