The highly anticipated Spider-Man 3 has become even more highly anticipated after the line-up of actors from previous Spider-Man films have been confirmed to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. This also explains that the arc for the movie (about which there was an assumption that it will be about Peter Parker dealing with being outed as Spider-Man made worse by being framed for the death of Quentin Beck) isn’t primarily about that anymore.
Spider-Man 3 will be a better Marvel movie to explore the idea of the multiverse — a concept that was introduced early on in Phase 3 but was firmly established in Avengers: Endgame. Specific movie details are being kept hidden as of now, but the confirmed slate and reported casting choices hinted that the movie will explore the multiverse.
Marvel Studios’ big screen offerings will also delve into the concept of the multiverse with Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which was officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and is confirmed to connect narratively to both Loki and WandaVision. There are several reasons why Spider-Man 3’s multiverse will be better and much easier to execute.
Since both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield have had their respective Spider-Man franchises, Marvel Studios can simply use them as the other dimensions separate from the primary MCU setting. It saves Marvel Studios the time to set-up these realities.
The fans are also already invested in these other characters assuming that they have watched those movies. This will save Spider-Man 3 a lot of time in explaining the multiverse. Since it can simply just pick up Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s worlds where they were last seen.
Another advantage of bringing Maguire and Garfield back in the Marvel world is that it will unite all Spider-Man fans as it drives up the nostalgia factor, giving those who might not be exactly fans of Holland’s take on the character check out the film just to see the other actors who have portrayed the iconic superhero. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has been often compared to his predecessors but he is now the franchise’s most useful element when it comes to establishing its multiverse and actually a smart choice.
But Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also plays a significant role in Marvel Studios’ multiverse adventures. The sorcerer being involved in Spider-Man’s next standalone film is a clear indication that he’s going to be an important character in this overall narrative.
With this film’s connection to Loki and WandaVision, there’s a good chance that Raimi’s film will be a culminating point for these projects. It’s just that Spider-Man 3 has a much easier and less confusing way of showing how the multiverse works.