Tom Holland’s statements regarding what the ending of Spider-Man: No Way Home signifies may allude to Tobey Maguire’s comeback as the web-slinger in the MCU.

Tobey Maguire’s return to the web-slinging role may be hinted to by Tom Holland’s gloomy statements about Spider-Man: No Way Home. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, No Way Home is about to have far-reaching effects. In the first trailer for the film, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) seeks assistance from Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) after the world discovers that he is, in fact, Spider-Man. Despite warnings, Doctor Strange casts a risky memory wipe magic, and things go horribly wrong. When the magic fails, it creates a rift in the Multiverse, bringing all of Sony’s previous Spider-Man films back into the tale. Previous Spider-Man enemies, like as Alfred Molina’s Doc Oc, are no longer a threat.

Tobey Maguire played in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films from the 2000s long before Holland took up the role of Peter Parker. Maguire was the first actor to play Spider-Man in a big-budget Marvel picture, and it was a box office smash. Spider-Man, directed by Sam Raimi, grossed more than $800 million and was the third highest-grossing film of 2002. The film spawned two sequels, with 2007’s Spider-Man 3 serving as Maguire’s final appearance as the character. Overall, the trilogy grossed roughly $2.5 billion at the box office.

No Way Home, according to Holland, marks the conclusion of the MCU’s Spider-Man movie, which may be good news for Maguire fans. No Way Home’s creators, according to Holland, see it as the “end of a franchise” as well as the “end of three generations,” as Holland previously stated. The film appears to conclude the Spider-Man: Homecoming trilogy, and if the MCU revisits the characters in future films, the tone of the upcoming Spider-Man flicks will be different. Most significantly, the fact that No Way Home is an ending implies that Marvel and Sony must go all out, and while darkness is promised, it is meaningless without the spectacle to balance it and live up to the billing. That feeling of ceremony should make Maguire’s entrance, as well as the rumored comeback of Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker, feel all the more likely.

Crucially, the idea of Tobey Maguire being in the MCU to assist underscore the ceremonial of that “ending” isn’t novel. In fact, whispers have circulated since 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, and with each sequel, the MCU has moved closer to a possible comeback. There were many Easter eggs from Maguire’s Spider-Man flicks in Homecoming, including an almost-upside-down kiss, while Spider-Man: Far From Home brought back J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson from Raimi’s films. In an interview following Simmons’ surprising cameo as Jameson, director Jon Watts speculated about a probable Maguire appearance (via HuffPost), aying, “At Marvel, I’d say anything is possible.” Given that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker has struggled with his Spider-Man identity and has had mentors, having the original Spidey return to assist firm up his self-image and superhero role makes a lot of sense, even without the hints so far.

Everything Marvel has done prior to No Way Home has created the ideal environment for Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man to return. In the MCU, the Multiverse has opened up endless possibilities, and the comeback of previous Spider-Man adversaries makes a Maguire presence seem feasible. With fans yearning and begging Marvel for Maguire’s return, anything less would be disappointing, despite Kevin Feige’s warning of just such a possibility. Given Holland’s comments about the next picture concluding the franchise and bringing generations together for a dark, emotionally intense spectacle, it appears Spider-Man: No Way Home is not going to disappoint.

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