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Spider-Man: No Way Home release date, cast and everything we know so far

Spider-Man at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, in a moment that sets up Spider-Man: No Way Home
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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. Oh, and one note: at the end of the Cast section, we've got some spoilers about a recently released movie that may tie into Spider-Man: No Way Home. 

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 Oct. 4)

  • Events in another Marvel movie give us reason to believe another Marvel character may show up in No Way Home
  • The official Spider-Man: No Way Home teaser 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 it's horrendous quality and feature unfinished effects, you should definitely avoid it

Spider-Man: No Way Home cast

There has been a lot of speculation about which characters are set 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 actos from classic (read: non-MCU) films would be returning to their roles, including Jamie Foxx as Electro and Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus. Early rumors also speculated that Charlie Cox might reprise his role as Matt Murdock, and mark the first time the character has appeared on the big screen since the disastrous 2003 Daredevil movie.

More recently those rumors changed, and suggested that both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would be reprising role as Peter Parker from previous Spider-Man movies. Those rumors also claimed that Kirsten Dunst and Emma Stone may also be returning as Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacey.

But rumors are rumors, and should be treated as such until Marvel and Sony confirms or denies their legitimacy. Here's who we know is going to star in the movie, based on official announcements and the newly-released teaser trailer.

Also, we have a SPOILER WARNING, per another recently released movie. So right below the list of cast you'll find what that relates so. 

  • 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
  • Benedict Wong as Wong
  • Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan
  • JK Simmons as J Jonah Jameson
  • Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus

In the Venom 2 post-credits scene, we saw two huge things, one more subtle than the other. The more obvious moment came as we saw J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson, yelling about how Peter Parker is Spider-Man. This ties things directly into 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 may appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

But, before that, we saw a gigantic explosion in the sky. It seemed as if the timeline-shattering events from the Loki finale may have been what triggered this dimensions-shattering event. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home release date

The new Spider-Man movie is due in theaters on December 17, 2021.  While things seem to be going better for theaters since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delta variant may still throw a spanner into the works.

It's unlikely that this movie is going to debut on Disney Plus, either. It may have worked for Black Widow, but Disney has committed to releasing the rest of its 2021 slate in theaters first. The fact this is a co-production with Sony also complicates matters, since it's a decision both studios need to agree on

Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer

Fans have been pestering Sony and Marvel for 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 seems to confirm a number of key details about the film, including the fact the loss of Peter's secret identity is going to play a crucial role in the plot. So those rumors that it would be glossed over right away, with a Skrull impersonating Peter Parker, aren't going to happen.

So like the comics, following the controversial Brand New Day arc, it seems Doctor Strange is set to erase the world's collective memory of who Spider-Man actually is. But Peter's tampering with the spell, and the extreme danger of doing it in the first place, causes a few issues with space-time. Issues that seemingly lead to the multiverse encroaching on the mainline MCU.

We have to wonder whether the events of Loki are going to play any part in this as well.

In any case it looks like MCU is going a bit Inception on us all, and that might lead to Strange and Spidey teaming up to try and fix the problem. More to the point, it seems as though this reality-bending leads to at least two Marvel supervillains appearing in the movie: Alfred Molina's Doc Ock, and Green Goblin. 

We don't see who plays the Goblin in the trailer, though it's been rumored that Willem Dafoe would be returning to reprise his role from the very first Spider-Man movie. Likewise there has been speculation that other villains could show up, 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 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.

Spider-Man: No Way Home set photos gifts

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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 Captain America 4 (that shield is a lot smaller), but makes us wonder about the branding of Captain America going forward.

Especially after the U.S. Government's disastrous attempts to replace Steve Rogers with John Walker during the events of Falcon and the Inter Soldier.

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Merchandise leaks have also suggested that Perter will be getting some mystical upgrades during this movie, with toys showcasing Spider-Man's suit 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 really was the cause of the movie's problems.

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Likewise other official merchandise features Mysertio's iconic fishbowl helmet and the phrase "We Believe Mysterio". If we were to speculate, it appears the world is torn on whether to believe Peter Parker or the doctored video Mysterio used to frame Parker for his death.

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It seems awfully prudent to have such a topic come up in a movie, especially in this age of disinformation and conspiracies that 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 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.

Meanwhile Andrew Garfield has adamantly denied his involvement in the film, claiming that he "didn't get the call". Which is either a lie, an oversight on Marvel's part, or a huge hole in this "Spider-Men" theory fans have cooked up.

Henry T. Casey

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past six-plus years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.