Spider-Man 3 — aka Spider-Man: No Way Home — is official, but its cast is a far different situation. The film's series of possible guest-stars has gotten more headlines than nearly anything in recent Marvel movie news, as rumblings of many past Spider-Man stars returning set the internet ablaze.
And while it could have been seen as mere speculation, Alfred Molina broke the news that he was returning on his own in an interview. We can't imagine that was Marvel's plan ... unless it really was. And then, most recently the Loki finale saw a huge event that pretty much gives Marvel all the tools they need to go nuts with Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Now all we need is the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, to confirm any or all of these speculations. Will this continue the transition from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse (MCM)? Let's break down the rumors about this upcoming Marvel movie.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home was confirmed after a bit of fun from the movie's stars. Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon and Zendaya each revealed a different title along with press photos on their social media accounts. Eagle-eyed fans drew a theory from these photos, that our trio of leads would find their way into Doctor Strange's base of operations.
Spider-Man: No Way Home latest news (updated July 2)
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Spider-Man: No Way Home cast
While it was announced that Benedict Cumberbatch would reprise the role of Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange for Spider-Man: No Way Home, we've started to wonder about the good Dr.'s level of involvement involvement since. The early press photos suggested that Peter, MJ and Ned will be in his Sanctum Sanctorum (but Strange was absent from the room. Then, toys revealed that Spider-Man's new black and gold outfit can shoot blue material, which is suspected to be magic related, and could be another sign that he works with Strange in the film.
The big story of Spider-Man 3, however, is how old faces are coming back to the MCU. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx will be reprising their roles as Doctor Octopus and Electro. Molina told Variety (about his performance) that "When we were shooting it, we were all under orders not to talk about it, because it was supposed to be some great big secret, ... But, you know, it's all over the internet. I actually described myself as the worst kept secret in Hollywood!"
This has led to speculation that Thomas Haden Church and Willem Dafoe will be back as Sandman and Norman Osborn/Green Goblin — and that Jared Leto's Morbius may make an appearance too. Those who know how to count can see we're only one shy of a Sinister Six at this point.
Could Mysterio return as well? In addition to new Spider-suits revealed in Spider-Man: No Way Home toys, we're getting an odd notion. Why would No Way Home-branded merchandise include both Mysterio and Nick Fury? Will Spider-Man pop back up in his previous adventure?
Our Spider-Sense went into full-tingle, though, when we learned that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were coming back, as their versions of Peter Parker. Later, rumors surfaced of Kristin Dunst coming back as Mary Jane Watson and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. We also got a bit of proof as to Garfield's return, as a since-deleted social media post puts him in the same room as Tom Holland's stunt double.
A recent interview from Andrew Garfield featured a denial of any involvement with Spider-Man: No Way Home. And while he says "I did not get a call," watch this video for yourself and see if you believe him. Folks online don't.
The latest rumor, though, posits that J.K. Simmons will play two versions of media mogul J. Jonah Jameson in No Way Home. One will run the Bugle, the other heads an online news channel (like in the Spider-Man video games).
This all made a little more sense when MCU head honcho Kevin Feige revealed that the new Doctor Strange movie will connect to the upcoming Spider-Man sequel, at the December 2020 Disney Investors Day event. A new report claims that Spider-Man 3 is filming at a makeshift version of Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, which gives more reason to expect the good doctor to appear. This all tips Sony's hand for how we get these different Spider-Men at the same time, which will make sense to anyone who's seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
More predictably, Jon Favreau is back as Happy, according to Murphy's Multiverse.
The returning cast is as follows:
- Tom 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
Spider-Man: No Way Home release date
The new Spider-Man movie is due in theaters on December 17, 2021. That being said, we could see this date pushing back if theaters aren't ready to re-open, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A movie of this magnitude likely won't hit streaming services before theaters, this isn't a Warner Bros. movie.
Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer speculation
At this point, if we had to guess, we'd say that the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer will exclusively debut in front of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. That would be an easy way to juice the box-office success for the film whose lead character isn't as widely known as, say, Black Widow.
Fans continue to demand a trailer from Sony, but no such clip is out yet. Instead? A logo has been both published and then deleted, according to Twitter account @spideysnews, which claims "Sony Pictures Argentina tweeted (then deleted) a new glitching logo animation for #SpiderManNoWayHome, now with an all red version of the logo!" The comments are wild with fans joking that Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse could also be merged into the film, but that seems like a stretch — we more expect a live action version of Miles Morales (if any at all).
Reports suggest that Sony Pictures may be holding onto a Spider-Man 3 trailer, that it's just waiting to drop. Why wait? Supposedly they need Tobey Maguire to sign on the dotted line. Which should have happened by now.
Sony tweeted only one video so far, revealing the title announcement.
That said, Sony also posted a GIF of Holland as Parker, with the caption "Us seeing Spider-Man trending…" as if they know how badly we want the clip to drop.
Rumors that the trailer would arrive on June 1 — Tom Holland's birthday — proved to be unfounded, but there is good reason to expect it very soon. That's based on a tweet by The DisInisder‘s editor-in-chief Skyler Shuler, who asked a "theater insider" about it. After checking the projections for this week, the insider replied that yes, they had been received.
And we really want to see this trailer, if all the above casting news is correct.
Spider-Man: No Way Home set photos
While there have been many leaks concerning Spider-Man: No Way Home, the sets have been relatively tight. That said, a few photos that have spilled out.
For starters, when an image of the gifts handed out to the film crew may not sound like much, but the art contains references to both Andrew Garfield's spider-Man suit, and the iconic font used by the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies.
After that, an odd prop leaked out on Twitter. This bus stop poster portrays the Statue of Liberty as "NYC's newest (and tallest) Avenger," and even gives Lady Liberty Cap's shield. We assume this isn't a spoiler about Falcon and Winter Soldier (that shield is a lot smaller), but makes us wonder about the branding of Captain America going forward.
Spider-Man: No Way Home Tobey Maguire leaks
When Spider-Man: No Way Home stunt coordinator George Cottle posted about the production of No Way Home wrapping, he may have planted an Easter egg in said post. His tagging of Chris Daniels, who was the stunt-man for Tobey Maguire in the earlier Spider-Man movies, makes people think that Maguire will definitely appear in the movie. Nothing is confirmed, though.
Then, Roger Pera (who often does the Spanish language voice-dubbing for Maguire), practically confirmed it as well.
Spider-Man: No Way Home villain
This doesn't come from the best source, but if you're wondering who the Spider-Men will fight, We Got This Covered is claiming that Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin will be the main villain for Spider-Man 3. We wouldn't be surprised to see Norman Osbourne abusing the powers of the multiverse for greedy gains.
Previously, Kraven The Hunter was expected to be the big bad for Spider-Man: No Way Home, but (no offense) his powers don't seem strong enough to stop three Spider-Men.
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