Before the premiere of No Way Home, Sony is releasing new boxsets of Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man films. Tom Holland portrays the superhero in his current live-action form, which debuted in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, bringing the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time. Holland’s third solo film with filmmaker Jon Watts, Spider-Man: No Way Home, is due to hit theatres on December 17th.
No Way Home Explores History via Multiverse Storytelling Device
The friendly neighbourhood hero had a tumultuous film past, with audiences becoming so familiar with Peter Parker’s biography that the MCU could bring him in with Uncle Ben already deceased. No Way Home will explore that history via the multiverse storytelling device, with a Doctor Strange spell gone wrong facilitating the return of characters from prior Spidey franchises, much to the delight of fans. Some significant villains have already been announced, such as Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2 and Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but despite the stars’ repeated denials, many have hypothesised that prior versions of the hero may help Holland in taking them down.
According to Digital Spy, Sony is publishing brand-new boxsets of both Maguire’s trilogy and Garfield’s duology, which will undoubtedly fuel that theory. The films have been remastered in 4K, with both UHD and conventional Blu-ray discs included in the sets. The new Spider-Man boxsets will be released on November 8, exactly one month before No Way Home hits theatres, and are currently available for pre-order.
The Characters In Spider-Man: No Way Home
The forthcoming Spider-Man film is one of the most anticipated Marvel films in recent memory, with the No Way Home teaser smashing the record for most-watched trailer ever set by Endgame. Despite this, the company has taken its time revealing the identities of the characters. Along with Doc Ock and Electro, footage of a pumpkin bomb suggests the Green Goblin will return, though no word on whether it will be Willem Dafoe’s, Dane DeHaan’s, or a new version completely. While it’s plausible to presume Venom joins the No Way Home battle, the end-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage also shows Tom Hardy’s symbiote-host crossing over from Sony’s reality into Disney’s.
While ecstatic fans will interpret the announcement of new boxsets as proof that Maguire and Garfield will make their MCU debuts in December, there are other reasons for Sony to release them alongside No Way Home. Whether or not there are several Spider-Men, Watts’ film still features characters from previous films, and the studio is wise to try to profit on the newfound interest in them as a result of the planned crossover. The greater quality will appeal to those considering a purchase, but for fans in general, brushing up on Spider-previous Man’s appearances seems like a good way to prepare for No Way Home.