Doc Ock’s statement in the Spider-Man: No Way Home teaser might indicate that Marvel and Sony are using creative editing to hide Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker.

In the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, Doc Ock says something about Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man being hidden. As part of their deal to share Spider-Man on the big screen, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures agreed to relaunch the web-slinger with Tom Holland. Following in the footsteps of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, he became the third live-action Spider-Man actor. Holland’s sixth appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: No Way Home, is set to have various incarnations of Spider-Man.

The first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home was released after much anticipation, although it didn’t include any of the other Spider-Men. That didn’t stop the footage from extensively linking to prior Spider-Man series via the multiverse’s power. The Spider-Man: No Way Home teaser revealed or teased a number of villains, but Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2 received the most attention. Doc Ock and Holland’s Spider-Man appeared to be teasing one other with his look.

“Hello, Peter,” says Molina’s Doc Ock as he emerges from the smoke in the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home. The video begins with Holland’s Peter Parker riding atop a car and donning the Iron Spider armor. Marvel and Sony certainly want fans to assume that Otto Octavius is chatting to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man here, but this might be a smart deception by the studios to avoid Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man making an appearance. This isn’t to say that the Spider-Man atop the vehicle is going to be Maguire’s, but rather that Doc Ock’s statement in the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer is derived from a scene in the film where he is speaking to Maguire.

It won’t be difficult for Spider-Man: No Way Home to explain how Doc Ock knows Holland’s Peter is Spider-Man, given that the information is widely available. The difference is that Otto welcoming Holland’s Spider-Man in this manner would be completely meaningless. The MCU’s Peter Parker has never encountered an Otto Ocvatius (as far as the MCU has proven), yet thanks to Mysterio, everyone knows Peter is Spider-Man. Although the picture of Doc Ock’s robotic legs stepping onto a roadway in the next scene matches Holland’s surroundings, The one time we see Otto, he is engulfed in smoke. Marvel could have digitally altered the background to fit the city-destroyed vibe and conceal the fact that Doc Ock is speaking with Maguire’s Spider-Man.

There’s no assurance that Marvel manipulated the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home to disguise any evidence that Doc Ock is conversing with Maguire’s Spider-Man. Fans are free to take the film at its value, which may be the best approach. However, CGI is increasingly being utilized in MCU marketing to alter sequences and disguise key facts. This was done several times in Avengers: Endgame to disguise outfits, places, and characters, while Avengers: Infinity War notably had a group running shot that was not included in the final edit. Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man is still just speculated to return in Spider-Man: No Way Home. As a result, it wouldn’t be shocking if Marvel and Sony use some digital gimmickry in the marketing campaign to keep the revelation in cinemas.

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