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Will Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Really Be in the Next Spider-Man Movie?

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There have been rumors that Sony wanted to do a Spider-Man vs The Amazing Spider-Man movie for years now, since before Marvel turned the character into Iron Lad and replaced Peter Parker’s uncle Ben with Tony Stark. The success of the animated Into the Spider-Verse has only ramped up rumors that there was going to be a live-action Spider-Verse event, as has news that Jamie Foxx would be back as Electro in the forthcoming Spider-Man 3 in the MCU.

I personally don’t understand the obsession with insisting certain comic book plot points be grafted onto Spider-Man in all his other media appearances. Killing Gwen Stacy was a mistake, the Clone Saga was a mistake and Spider-Verse was… not a mistake, but just a single crossover story that lasted a few months of Spider-Man’s nearly 60-year history. Spider-Man isn’t “about” inter-universe plots or armies of clones attacking him. Spider-Man is about a down-on-his-luck outsider who feels so guilty about not preventing the death of his uncle that he puts his responsibility to others above his own well-being and happiness.

There are reports that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will be reprising their roles as Peter Parker in the upcoming Spider-Man film in the MCU. I would not treat them as facts until they’re confirmed by one of the Hollywood trades.

The story being reported by Fandom Wire is that Doctor Strange will somehow be involved in bridging the Spider-Man universes and that “both Maguire and Garfield will appear in Tom Holland’s universe during the final act to help defeat all of the Spider-Men’s combined foes.”

Okay, so we know that Dr. Strange will be involved in the third Spider-Man film, and with Marvel seemingly focusing on the multiverse after blowing their cosmic load on Thanos in Endgame, it makes sense that Spider-Man would go in this direction.

Fandom Wire also reported that the third Spider-Man movie would feature a lot of villains in addition to Jamie Foxx’s Electro, such as the Green Goblin, Scorpion and Kraven the Hunter. Marvel had internally criticized Sony for stuffing too many villains into their Spider-Man films, so unless there’s a coherent reason here like The Sinister Six being a part of the plot it seems odd for them to be pulling such a big about-face. Of course, at the same time they were also talking about how they were going to replace Robert Downey, Jr as Iron Man when he left, so clearly some opinions have changed.

You don’t have to keep topping Endgame, guys. Spider-Man is a young guy trying to find his way in the world, he can just fight Doc Oc or have the Green Goblin pumpkin bomb the hell out of a mall he’s on a date with Gwen Stacy in (happy 25th anniversary Mallrats), not everything needs to be a world-shaking event.

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