Anyone who has somehow managed to avoid the Spider-Man: No Way Home spoilers that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield do, in fact, reprise their roles as Peter Parker in the film are going to be in for a big disappointment. Marvel and Sony have officially stopped being coy about Maguire and Garfield’s appearances and are finally including it in their marketing. To promote the home release of the blockbuster hit, Tom Holland joined the other Spider-Man actors in a recreation of probably the best Spider-Man related meme of all time.
On Wednedsay the official Spider-Man: No Way Home twitter account posted an image of Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire in their Spider-Man costumes recreating the famous “Spider-Man Pointing at Spider-Man” meme. The image was joyfully retweeted tens of thousands of times within minutes. You can see the recreation below, as well as a comparison of the actors’ recreation with the animated meme.
The “Spider-Man Pointing at Spider-Man” meme comes from the Double Identity episode from the late ’60s Spider-Man animated series. The meme has been used for years, sometimes with a third Spider-Man thrown into the mix. It’s often used to point out perceived hypocrisy between opposing sides of hot-button topics. The meme was made even more popular in the wake of 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, when a post-credits scene (below) placed the futuristic Spider-Man 2099 into the Double Identity episode with his ’60s counterpart.
Superhero comics were exploring alternate reality versions of their most popular characters long before the idea caught on in the rest of popular media, and now that all these variants are showing up on the big and small screens, it’s understandable that their arrival ushers in so much fan love. Not only has Spider-Man: No Way Home proven to be the most successful of the Tom Holland Spidey trilogy, but outside of the MCU one of the most critical and financial Marvel successes of recent years was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which not only featured multiple versions of the iconic crime fighter, but whose lead Spidey wasn’t even Peter Parker. Instead, Shameik Moore voiced Miles Morales — a young, Black Spider-Man whose popularity has only grown since he was introduced in 2011’s Ultimate Fallout #4.
Ironically, there seems to be a pretty decent chance the MCU could soon be going from multiple versions of Spider-Man to absolutely zero versions of Spider-Man. After months of hints that he needed to take a sabbatical from acting, last week Tom Holland revealed he will officially be taking a break from his career once he finishes filming the upcoming Apple TV anthology series The Crowded Room. Holland will play Billy Milligan, the first person to ever be acquitted of a crime because of his diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder. Whether or not he will return to the role of Spider-Man is a mystery. Judging by Holland’s conflicting statements over the past year — both hinting that he thinks it’s time for another actor to take over, while at the same time expressing his hope to play Peter Parker even more — it seems like there’s a good chance his future as Spider-Man is also a mystery to him.