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No Way Home Characters Who Didn’t Sign On Until Middle of Filming

*SPOILERS BELOW*

How was Spider-Man: No Way Home received? Well, the screams, cheers, and applause in the crowded theatres will answer that. Who knew the web of surprises that Spidey was bringing along this time? MCU’s latest film transported us to a universe of nostalgia, action, thrill, and SURPRISES. We can’t remember the last time audience screamed so many times with amazement. 

Ever since MCU announced the third entry of Spider-Man, it churned out endless rumours, featuring Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. The trailer fuelled up the hype as it featured many returning characters from the previous Spider-Man franchise. Apart from Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Marisa Tomei, we now knew that Alfred Molina’s Dr Otto Octavious and Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man were coming back to the screen. Not just them, both the Lizard and Jamie Foxx’s Electro from Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man were also joining this Spider-Verse. 

The trailer had lifted the cloud off several mysteries. It revealed that Spider-Man and Doctor Strange’s attempt to wipe off Spider-Man’s true identity of everyone’s mind got wrecked and opened the door to another universe. Though Maguire and Garfield’s role in the movie was not revealed until the release, the multiverse concept in the trailer escalated the fans’ expectations. 

When the Spider-Men Came Together

It was only after the film hit the screens that fans got to see the three Spider-Men together in live-action for the first time. The previous two Spider-Men were not just cameos. They starred in the major part of the movie, defeating the main villains of Spider-Verse alongside Tom Holland’s Spidey. Apart from providing reinforcements as Spider-Man, Tobey and Andrew’s Peter Parker also imparted some wisdom to the younger Peter. Their showing up helped Holland’s Peter to get through the pain of losing Aunt May and the resultant vengeance building in him. 

Characters Who Signed Up Last Moment

Tobey and Andrew’s appearance confirmed the rumours and gave us one of the best Marvel experiences. It turns out that the surprise and suspense surrounding the previous Spider-Men were not just for us, but even for the crew. The actors signed up for the film when the shooting was underway.

Writers, Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers recently revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, that Tobey and Andrew signed up when the productions were midway. While the shooting began in October 2020, the two stars joined in December 2020. In fact, the writers took a risk by writing like the characters were in the story even though they had no confirmation from Tobey and Andrew. 

“All you can do is act like we’re getting everybody that we want and let the powers that be reach out to those people and see if this can actually become a reality,”  said McKenna.

No Way Home brought Christmas cheer for both Marvel Studios and the audience. Not only were the rumours served with justice, but the film went beyond fans’ expectations. Tom Holland is clearly going to stick around MCU for another trilogy. While Maguire has bid his character farewell, the MCU miracle is encouraging fans to hope for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 featuring Andrew Garfield. With the multiverse concept introduced now, both the Spider-Men coexisting in the MCU doesn’t seem impossible.

 

Credits: The Hollywood Reporter

Written by Ipshita Barua