If Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are going to be in the new Spider-Man movie, the latest and last trailer for it sure isn’t saying so.
Despite rabid internet rumors — including alleged on-set photos that showed the two previous movie Spider-Men acting alongside the current one, Tom Holland — the final official trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home doesn’t give a look, tease, or even a faint hint that those former Peter Parkers will actually be suiting up in this movie. Matthew Murdock / a.k.a. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), the other rumored multiverse addition (from the Netflix series), is also absent.
However, it doesn’t mean there aren’t other Spider-Men. As this revealing final preview shows, there are Spider-Men that do cross through the multiverse portal, but they look to be dark, bizarro Spider-Men that aren’t showing up to help (which, for my money, makes things far more intriguing than the expected fan service, as fun as that could’ve been — and maybe still will be).
Well, that’s how I read this trailer, at least, given the context with which we see these new versions of Spider-Man appear (from a dark metallic one to another that wields some “Strange” powers) as we hear Doctor Strange lament what the multiverse has wrought. But I could be reading that wrong. Either way, I think the framing is intentional by Marvel marketing to keep fans guessing and theorizing.
And as far as arch-villains are concerned, Alfred Molina‘s Doc Ock, Willem Dafoe‘s Green Goblin, and Thomas Haden Church‘s Sandman (all from the Sam Raimi trilogy) do make it across the multiverse. as had been previously confirmed. So do Electro and The Lizard, played by Jamie Foxx and Rhys Infans, from Garfield’s “Amazing” incarnation of the webslinger. J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson is here, too, as established in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
One particularly interesting twist, at least potentially: this trailer suggests (though doesn’t confirm outright) that Holland’s Spider-Man and Doc Ock may actually team up to set things right and return things to their normal order.
Also worth considering: could it be that if Maguire shows up as Spider-Man, that it won’t be here but rather in Rami’s upcoming Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness? Stay tuned, true believers.
And finally, even with all that’s revealed here, Tom Holland said to a crowd at the trailer’s premiere: “It’s just scratching the surface.”
Directed once again by Jon Watts, helmer of Spider-Man Homecoming and Far From Home, and co-starring Zendya, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, J.K. Simmons, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Angourie Rice, and Benedict Wong, Spider-Man: No Way Home opens exclusively in theaters on December 17, 2021.
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