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Why Marvel Won't Confirm Garfield & Maguire Are In Spider-Man: No Way Home

With Loki officially triggering the multiversal madness in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans are now, more than ever, expecting Spider-Man: No Way Home to deal with it and use it to bring back the previous versions of Peter Parker: Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. There’s a lot of speculation around their “surprise” appearance in the MCU’s third Spider-Man movie, and if that’s the case, why hasn’t Marvel confirmed their involvement? The MCU continues its expansion now that the Infinity Saga is over, and Phase 4 is doing things differently by covering both TV shows and movies and introducing new, complex concepts like the multiverse.

The multiverse and the madness that it can trigger will be key in the MCU’s Phase 4, with WandaVision teasing it, Loki triggering it, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will explore it a lot closer, but before that, fans will reunite with Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Details about the plot of the web-slinger’s third solo adventure in the MCU have been kept under wraps, and the only bits of information there are are about the cast and those revealed by the official merch. Spider-Man: No Way Home will count on the presence of Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who will most likely serve as Peter’s new mentor, The Amazing Spider-Man’s Electro (Jamir Foxx), and Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. The appearance of the last two has made viewers believe Spider-Man: No Way Home will deal with the multiverse, which means the past Peter Parkers can show up.

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Rumors about Maguire and Garfield’s involvement in Spider-Man: No Way Home are not new, and they have been floating around ever since the first hints at the multiverse in the MCU began to emerge, and with the success of Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, fans are looking forward to the three live-action Spideys to cross paths. If Maguire and Garfield are truly part of the MCU’s Spider-Man 3, the studio has then gone to great lengths to keep their appearances a secret, as not even the official merch includes them, but the big question is why they insist on not confirming it.

Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield arrived in the Marvel universe at very different times in the superhero genre. Maguire was the lead in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, credited with redefining the genre and the summer blockbuster, and is still considered by many as either their favorite or the best Spider-Man. Garfield was the lead of the Amazing Spider-Man movies, which sought to revive the character after Raimi’s movies but didn’t quite succeed at it– still, Garfield’s performance has a place in the hearts of fans. Given the popularity of both versions, if they are to appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it seems strange that Marvel wouldn’t confirm it, but at the same time, that might be exactly why they haven’t been confirmed. Surely, if their appearances are revealed in the first trailer, and even though fans have been eagerly waiting for that, these would come as a big surprise, but wouldn’t be a shock as the studio might be thinking. Of course, there could be bigger reasons known only to those involved in Spider-Man: No Way Home to not confirm Maguire and Garfield’s involvement, which could be related to their contracts or other things the audience isn’t aware of.

As much as Tom Holland and even Garfield himself have insisted the previous Peter Parkers are not in Spider-Man: No Way Home, the MCU is known for trying to mislead the audience by having the cast throw one or two lies, to the point where fans don’t believe most of the things they say anymore. The return of Maguire and Garfield as Spider-Man is, at the moment, the worst-kept MCU secret, supposing they will show up, but on the other hand, speculation has evolved to a point where if they don’t appear, the audience will be disappointed.

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