We all know how much excitement there was when not only Tom Holland but also Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield joined the MCU to face the supervillains who had returned from the past. With their arrival, the multiverse tale was quickly electrified, however, this may not be the last time you will be seeing the trio together.
Phase 6 of the MCU will contain two new Avengers films, the second of which, Avengers: Secret Wars, will give the series the best chance to bring back Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man versions. The MCU’s first three stages are known as The Infinity Saga, and the San Diego Comic-Con in 2022 not only unveiled a fresh slate of planned Marvel films but also retrospectively titled the MCU’s following three phases as The Multiverse Saga.
Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man to return in Avengers: Secret Wars
Spider-Man: No Way Home is one of the most entertaining entries in the MCU, bringing together three decades of Spider-Man films and brilliantly honoring each incarnation. While the multiverse has become an important part of the MCU post-Infinity Saga, No Way Home utilized it for the greatest form of fan service, embracing metafiction without compromising any sincerity.
No Way Home provided each incarnation of Spider-Man its opportunity to shine and reminded viewers why Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus remain two of the finest adversaries in the superhero picture genre.
The MCU’s Multiverse Saga appears to be a very different age from the Infinity Saga. If Loki’s depiction of He Who Remains is any clue, Kang the Conqueror will be a considerably more intelligent and violent foe than Thanos, and he’ll endanger all realities rather than just the MCU’s mainstream timeline.
Secret Wars could end up being the Multiverse Saga’s equivalent to Avengers: Endgame, and if the film brings in as many characters as possible for a climactic fight against Kang, the film would have the perfect opportunity to bring back Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield‘s Spider-Man variants for the act 3 showdown.
Kang the Conqueror will be a multiverse menace, putting the Raimi and Marc Webb Spider-Man worlds in the same danger as Tom Holland’s, and The Avengers would benefit from having three Spider-Men rather than one.
What to expect from Avengers: Secret Wars?
Kang the Conqueror will strive to rule all realities, as hinted by Loki’s season one conclusion, and because the Raimi and Webb Spider-Man continuities are now part of the MCU multiverse, they’ll no doubt be participating in Kang’s attempted conquests. Secret Wars will most likely see The Avengers’ ranks made of superheroes from around the multiverse, similar to the season 1 conclusion of Marvel’s What If…?
This might lead to smaller teams, similar to Avengers: Infinity War, with at least three sub-groups each featuring a distinct Spider-Man version, before they all combine in an Endgame-style conclusion, reuniting all three Peter Parkers.
Youtuber Heavy Spoilers, who is known for posting videos on Hollywood leaks and rumors have stated that Maguire and Garfield will return for Secret Wars. “They’ll be dropping in Secret Wars,” he said.
So far, the MCU has methodically planned the development of events that lead to full-fledged crossovers on-screen and has been diligent in arranging their most critical moments. After the 23-picture story arc bowed out from its major narrative standing with Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios has ebbed farther and further away from the Infinity Saga.
A Secret Wars film adaptation would necessitate the presence of the X-Men and The Fantastic Four within the MCU, implying that if Marvel Studios pursues this concept, there must be sufficient time for audiences to fully absorb new characters and information before becoming familiar with an elaborate storyline.
Given where the MCU is currently, Secret Wars is too complex for a casual audience to completely participate, and it should be positioned to unfold in subsequent years once Marvel fans have had time to catch up. In short, Marvel Studios has never strayed away from big-budget crossover events, and Secret Wars might be the next one.
Avengers: Secret Wars will be released in theatres on May 1, 2026.