Spider-Man 3 – aka Spider-Man: No Way Home – is official, but its cast is a much different situation. The film’s possible guest streak has made more headlines than almost anything in recent Marvel movie news, as rumbles from many former Spider-Man stars set the internet on fire.
And while it could have been seen as mere speculation, Alfred Molina broke the news that he was returning alone in an interview. We can’t imagine that was Marvel’s plan… unless it really is. And then, more recently, Loki’s finale saw a huge event that pretty much gives Marvel all the tools it needs to go crazy with Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Now all we need is the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, to confirm some or all of this speculation. Will this continue the transition from Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to Marvel Cinematic Multiverse (MCM)? Let’s break down the rumors about this upcoming Marvel movie. Oh, and a note: At the end of the Cast section, we have some spoilers for a recently released movie that could be related to Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Spider-Man: No Way Home has been confirmed after a bit of fun from the stars of the film. TechToSee Holland, Jacob Batalon and Zendaya each revealed a different headline as well as press photos on their social media accounts. Eagle-eyed fans derived a theory from these photos, that our trio of leads would find their way into Doctor Strange’s base of operations.
Latest from Spider-Man: No Way Home (updated October 4)
- Events in another Marvel movie give us reason to believe another Marvel character could appear in No Way Home
- The official Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer has been released, confirming several fan theories and showing us what this movie is all about
- A leaked version of the No Way Home trailer has appeared online, but since its quality is appalling and has unfinished effects, you should definitely avoid it.
The Cast of Spider-Man: No Way Home
There has been a lot of speculation about which characters are expected to appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home, beyond the previously confirmed appearances of Benedicts Cumberbatch and Wong as Doctor Strange and his sassy partner Wong.
We’ve also heard that a number of classic (read: non-MCU) movie actors will reprise their roles, including Jamie Foxx as Electro and Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus. Early rumors also speculated that Charlie Cox could reprise his role as Matt Murdock and mark the character’s first appearance on the big screen since the disastrous 2003 film Daredevil.
More recently, those rumors have changed and have suggested that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will reprise the role of Peter Parker in previous Spider-Man films. These rumors also claimed that Kirsten Dunst and Emma Stone could also return as Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacey.
But rumors are rumors and should be treated as such until Marvel and Sony confirm or deny their legitimacy. Here’s who we know will star in the movie, based on the official announcements and the new trailer.
Additionally, we have a SPOILER WARNING, according to another recently released movie. So just below the list of actors, you will find what it pays off as well.
- TechToSee Holland as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man
- Zendaya as MJ
- Marisa Tomei as May Parker
- Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds
- Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
- Benedict Wong as Wong
- Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan
- JK Simmons as J Jonah Jameson
- Alfred Molina: Doctor Octopus
In the Venom 2 post-credits scene, we saw two huge things, one more subtle than the other. The most obvious moment came when we saw JK Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson shouting about how Peter Parker is Spider-Man. This ties things straight to the end of Far From Home, and when Venom licked the screen (with Spidey on it), we got the distinct impression that Eddie Brock and his symbiote can appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home. .
But, before that, we saw a gigantic explosion in the sky. It seemed like the earth-shattering events of Loki’s finale timeline may have been what triggered this dimension-shaking event.
Spider-Man: No Way Home release date
The new Spider-Man movie is set to hit theaters on December 17, 2021. While things have been looking better for theaters since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delta variant may still throw a wrench in the works.
This movie is unlikely to debut on Disney Plus, either. It may have worked for Black Widow, but Disney has committed to releasing the rest of its 2021 roster in theaters first. The fact that this is a co-production with Sony also complicates matters, as it is a decision on which the two studios have to agree.
Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer
Fans have harassed Sony and Marvel over a Spider-Man; No Way Home trailer for months, but with little success. But, following a leak of a very poor quality version of the trailer, our first official footage is finally here.
The trailer appears to confirm a number of key details about the film, including that the loss of Peter’s secret identity is going to play a crucial role in the plot. So those rumors that this has been glossed over, with a Skrull masquerading as Peter Parker, will not happen.
So, like the comics, after the controversial Brand New Day arc, it looks like Doctor Strange is about to erase the collective global memory of who Spider-Man actually is. But Peter’s tampering with the spell, and the extreme danger of doing so in the first place, causes some issues with spacetime. Problems that seem to lead to the multiverse encroaching on the main MCU.
We have to ask ourselves if the events of Loki are going to play a part in this as well.
Either way, it looks like the MCU is dabbling in creating all of us a bit, which could cause Strange and Spidey to team up to try and fix the issue. Specifically, it appears that this reality-bending leads to at least two Marvel supervillains appearing in the film: Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock and Green Goblin.
We don’t see who plays the Goblin in the trailer, although it is rumored that Willem Dafoe will return to reprise his role from the very first Spider-Man film. Likewise, there has been speculation that other villains could appear, including Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman, and Jared Leto’s Morbius.
So far, only Molina’s return is confirmed.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
While there have been plenty of leaks regarding Spider-Man: No Way Home, the sets have been relatively tight. Having said that, a few photos that overflowed.
To begin with, when a picture Gifts given to the film crew may not seem like much, but the art contains references to both Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man costume and the iconic font used by the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films.
After that, a strange accessory leaked on Twitter. This bus stop poster depicts the Statue of Liberty as “New York’s newest (and greatest) avenger,” and even features Lady Liberty Cap’s shield. We’re guessing this isn’t a Captain America 4 spoil (that shield is much smaller), but makes us wonder about Captain America branding going forward.
Especially after the disastrous attempts by the US government to replace Steve Rogers with John Walker during the events of Falcon and the Inter Soldier.
Leaks of goods also suggested that Perter would get some mystical upgrades during this movie, with toys featuring the Spider-Man costume with the same runes as Doctor Strange’s Eldritch magic.
And it would make sense for Strange to give his new sidekick a mystical upgrade if magic was really the cause of the movie’s problems.
Likewise, other official merchandise includes Mysertio’s iconic fishbowl helmet and the phrase “We Believe Mysterio”. If we were to speculate, it would appear the world is torn as to whether to believe Peter Parker or the doctored video Mysterio used to accuse Parker of his death.
It seems extremely safe to broach such a subject in a movie, especially in the age of disinformation and conspiracy we live in.
Spider-Man: No Way Home Tobey Maguire Leaks
When Spider-Man: No Way Home stunt coordinator George Cottle posted about the production of the No Way Home packaging, he may have planted an Easter egg in said post. His labeling of Chris Daniels, who was Tobey Maguire’s stuntman in previous Spider-Man films, makes people think that Maguire absoutely appear in the film. Nothing is however confirmed.
Then Roger Pera (who often does the voice dubbing in Spanish for Maguire), practically confirmed it as well.
Meanwhile, Andrew Garfield has categorically denied his involvement in the film, saying he “didn’t get the call.” Which is either a lie or an oversight on Marvel’s part, or a huge hole in that “Spider-Men” theory that fans have concocted.