Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Explain Their Roles in Spider-Man No Way Home: “Serving Tom Holland’s Journey”
The latest MCU film, Spider-Man: No Way Home, broke all pandemic-era box office records and became one of the highest-grossing films of all time. The reason: The film celebrated Spider-Man films in general and incorporated Tobey Maguire and Andrew GarfieldSpidey’s versions star Tom Holland, thanks to the Multiverse now being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While Maguire played the role in Sam Raimi’s trilogy, Garfield played the role in Marc Webb’s less successful film duology.
Despite the pandemic and the curbs, fans turned out in droves to watch the film, catapulting it from a Spider-Man movie to something like a mini Avengers outing. And like Avengers: Endgame, several videos of cacophonous fan reactions in theaters around the world have gone viral.
Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland sat down with Deadline’s Peter Hammond to explain the huge success of the film and (for Maguire and Garfield) the reason for their return to the franchise.
Maguire revealed that he had met with producer Amy Pascal and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, but was unaware of the purpose of the project. He relented when he realized Pascal and Feige’s “genuine intention of celebration and love” became apparent to him.
He said: “In that conversation, the intent, the kind of love and celebration of those films and what I think it meant to Amy and Kevin was evident. And to me, when the artists or, you know, the people leading the creative process have a kind of genuine, genuine intent of celebration and love, it was so evident in both of them, that, I don’t know, I just wanted to join in. And I’m a big fan of Tom and those movies and Andrew. So that was definitely intriguing, but yeah, I was also like, ‘well, what are we going to do? And that’ was a bit mysterious.
Garfield, however, half-joked that his reason was Tobey. If Tobey did it, then he would. He also spoke of being convinced by the sheer intention of the directors behind the film and the fact that the appearance of the two former Spider-Man actors was substantial and played a big part in Holland’s webslinger journey throughout. of the film, instead of being superficial.
“It was like, ‘Oh, the intent seems very pure here. It actually sounds like a great creative idea and a great creative story. It wasn’t like they just asked us to come over and say hello and then to go back, but really our presence was in service of Tom, in service of Tom’s journey and where he is as Peter Parker And I love the sense of destiny of the expanding multiverse in this movie, and in In fact, without Tobey’s Peter and Andrew’s Peter being present for Tom’s Peter right now, he may not become the Peter Parker he is meant to become…. Bringing together three Spider-Men could go two ways , and I think that’s a testament to those guys that it happened like that, it was a brotherhood, which is just beautiful.
Directed by returning filmmaker Jon Watts and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, No Way Home tackled the fallout of Spider-Man’s true identity being exposed to the world by JK Simmons’ J Jonah Jameson. To make everyone forget he’s Spidey, Holland’s Peter Parker asks Doctor Strange to perform a ritual, but his repeated interference messes it up, tearing the multiverse apart.
Villains from previous Spidey movie franchises, like Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock and Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, cross over the MCU to take on Tom Holland’s crawler. Unbeknownst to anyone, Maguire and Garfield’s Spideys also make it into the MCU, but don’t appear in the film until the third act.
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