No Way Home’s Posters May Secretly Reveal Tobey Maguire & Andrew Garfield
Spider-Man swung into theaters in 2002, cementing Marvel Comics as a viable player in the superhero movie arena, which had been dominated by DC with Superman and Batman. And though 2000’s X-Men felt the need to modernize its team, Spider-Man fully embraced its classical roots, down to the iconic outfit. That’s because director Sam Raimi was a lifelong fan who fully knew how to navigate and celebrate Spidey, from the relatable morality at the core of Peter Parker (played by Tobey Maguire) and the shattering death of his Uncle Ben, to his stormy relationship with Mary Jane and those workplace shenanigans with hard-ass newspaper boss J. Jonah Jameson, and finally Parker’s iconic battle with the Green Goblin, whose son just happens to be Peter’s best friend.
Spider-Man arguably fights the greatest rogues gallery in all of Marveldom, and they certainly got their due on-screen in the Raimi trilogy. Doctor Octopus gets his tentacles all over Spider-Man 2, while Sandman, Venom, and junior Goblin stack the cast in Spider-Man 3. Though a box office hit like the others, Spider-Man 3‘s tepid critical and fan response was enough to kill the momentum on continuing the series.
In 2012, Spider-Man was rebooted with The Amazing Spider-Man, with Andrew Garfield as Parker. The film sought to bring in the pre-Mary Jane flame, Gwen Stacy, and pitted Spider-Man against another classic villain, The Lizard, as director Marc Webb developed a more realistic portrayal of Peter’s world, as opposed to Raimi’s comic-book overtone. The second Amazing Spider-Man fell for the too-many-villains trap (we had Electro, Green Goblin, and Rhino), and the franchise shut down again.
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe in full motion, Marvel Studios was able to negotiate a deal with Sony, which holds the theatrical rights to Spider-Man, to get the character to jump to the MCU. Thus, Tom Holland made his debut in 2016 for the centerpiece battle in Captain America: Civil War, before starring in his own celebrated film, Spider-Man: Homecoming one year later.
It’s been good times for Spidey fans ever since, with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (the animated blockbuster which brings Miles Morales into the fold), Spider-Man: Far From Home, and the upcoming No Way Home. Even his bad guys have reason to celebrate: Critics may not have loved 2018’s Venom, but audiences sure did. And Tom Hardy clearly does as well, as he returned as Eddie Brock for Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
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The runtime for Spider-Man: No Way Home has been revealed, and the movie will be clocking in as one of the longest MCU movies to date. The third entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man film series is preparing to be one of the (if not the) biggest films of the year, as well as the biggest out of any movie released during the pandemic era. The movie has been surrounded by hype ever since it was revealed that villains from other Spider-Man movies will be appearing, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. The movie, like many others released during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, saw a change in release date. The MCU itself was affected, but 2021 has certainly been providing a plethora of content for fans.
No Way Home will follow the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home. The previous movie ended with Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) identity getting revealed to the public by Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) after his (presumable) death. No Way Home will see Peter struggling with this and seeking out Doctor Strange so he can cast a spell to make everyone forget. This goes awry and brings in the multiverse villains. There are also rumors that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will be reprising their roles as Spider-Man from their respective film franchises. Charlie Cox’s Daredevil is also rumored to appear, making this movie a huge culmination of previous Marvel properties. The movie also stars Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei.
Now, the runtime for No Way Home has been revealed. Collider reports that a trusted source has revealed that the runtime will be 2 hours and 30 minutes. This will make the movie the third longest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only behind the recently released Eternals and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, which was the longest. There has been a lot of speculation about it recently, so it was inevitable that it would be revealed soon since the movie is fast approaching.
It makes sense that the movie is going to be so long with how complex No Way Home is shaping up to be. There will be many new (to the MCU) characters to introduce, which is turning the film into a major event like an Avengers movie. There is a massive amount of hype for the movie because of the legacy characters, so the creative team will want to deliver on that front. Additionally, this is the end of the first MCU Spider-Man trilogy, so the film needs to tie up any loose ends set up in the previous entries. While Peter Parker will appear in other MCU movies in the future, the storyline that has been crafted from the previous two films and his other appearances will have to wrap up while also setting up what comes next.
This lengthy runtime is sure to please MCU fans. Some of the longest MCU movies, most notably Avengers, have been some of the highest-rated entries, so hopefully, this means that Spider-Man: No Way Home will also deliver. Audiences will have to see if the long runtime is worth it when the movie releases later this month.
The Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield iterations of Spider-Man have long been rumored to be appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home and a trio of posters might have secretly revealed the two former Spider-Men. Though a new trilogy of Tom Holland Spider-Man movies has been announced, No Way Home was made to tie all previous MCU Spider-Man films together in a final, crowd-pleasing movie. With the confirmed reappearance of supervillains from the two previous Spider-Man franchises, No Way Home looks to be a film that honors Spider-Man’s film history, past and present, though the reappearance of Maguire and Garfield’s beloved iterations of the web-slinger is curiously unconfirmed.
Spider-Man’s first major cinematic outing was in 2002, with Sam Raimi raising the bar for superhero films as both cinematic experiences and comic adaptations. Even in the age of the MCU-dominated pop culture, few superhero movies match Raimi’s Spider-Man, and none surpass it. Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man duology is also beloved by Spider-Man fans, introducing Andrew Garfield’s iteration of the web-slinger. At different points in the MCU’s history, the Maguire and Garfield versions of Spider-Man nearly became canonical parts of the MCU, but the franchise finally received its Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, with Peter Parker being played by Tom Holland.