As the first major Hollywood blockbuster to cross the $1 billion mark during the pandemic, it is now safe to assume that Spider-Man: No Way Home ticked most of the boxes to live up to its expectation as the next big thing after Avengers: Endgame. Apart from its staggering box-office collections, No Way Home has also pleased both the fans and critics by getting rave reviews praising the plotline, Tom Holland’s development as Spider-Man, and undoubtedly, the return of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire to the fold. However, as surprising as it might sound, most of the epic scenes from the movie were actually re-written on the set itself.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriters Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers have revealed that most of the third part of No Way Home involving the three Spider-Men were rewritten on the set. According to the writers, they improvised some key scenes of the third act, including the heart-touching scene on the top of the school involving all the three Spider-Men when Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reveal themselves to Holland’s Peter Parker to share their moments of grief.
“I think the last third of the movie is my favorite part of the whole movie. You get to that point and you’re like, “We could have really dropped the ball and it would have been our fault.” Because these guys were game. They showed up and we reworked all those scenes when they came on [with] the actors, the producers and the director. We reworked the rooftop school scene and all that stuff and there was so much fun improv of those guys.”
Apart from these scenes, the screenwriters gave the liberty to the actors to bring their inner quirks to define their versions of Spider-Man in the best way possible that could resonate with the audience instead of streamlining them into one singular version for the MCU. Be it the comic-relief scene in the chemistry lab where all the Peter Parkers are trying to find the cure for the villains or the emotional scenes where the web-slingers bond over their shared moments of grief of losing a loved one, both McKenna and Sommers shone by working alongside the actors instead of just dropping the ball on the screenplay.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now in theaters.