Another day, another rumor about the impending Marvel sequel Spider-Man: No Way Home, this time with very surprising reports claiming that previous Spider-Man series filmmakers Sam Raimi and Marc Webb were consulted on the web-slinger’s next adventure. Following Peter Parker’s identity as Spider-Man being revealed by Mysterio at the end of 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next sequel will likely begin with the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler’s life and reputation turned completely upside down, so he turns to his friend and colleague Doctor Strange to use magic to help him restore his secret identity. Unfortunately for both Parker and The Sorcerer Supreme, the spell goes catastrophically wrong, allowing supervillains (and perhaps even superheroes) from different universes who have already fought a Spider-Man to enter the current Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Of course, like almost everything else about Spider-Man: No Way Home, this is just a rumor at this point, but given all of the confirmed cameos (as well as a couple that are still a rumor), Raimi and Webb’s perspective would make sense. In fact, the source indicates that the production team behind Spider-Man: No Way Home is dealing with the already established Spider-Man universes in a very intriguing way.
Pay close attention to the second No Way Home trailer that dropped last week, specifically to the part when Stephen Strange says, “They all die, fighting Spider-Man.” Given that these iterations of Spidey villains are the same ones we saw in the previous films all those years ago, some of these characters’ deaths don’t line up. The first example would be Sandman from Spider-Man 3, whom we know Peter Parker forgave and let go be free following their confrontation. The other example would be The Lizard from The Amazing Spider-Man, who was jailed at the end of their conflict. So how would they have died, according to what Strange says?
Sources close to the production have informed us that the lore from the universes of these 2 Spider-Men (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield) will be expanded upon during the film. We’ll be given some backstory as to what the Spidey’s have been up to in their world since their sagas ended. This includes learning about how Sandman died in the years following Spider-Man 3 and how Lizard passed away years after The Amazing Spider-Man. Another significant point addressed during this film is the kind of toll that being Spider-Man has taken on Maguire’s and Garfield’s adaptations.
This type of world-building plot is going to be significant for the fans of these franchises. Jon Watts had the uphill task of not only developing his own iteration of Spider-Man but continuing and building upon the previous iterations that are already such recognizable characters in pop culture. Luckily, sources also tell us that the former directors (Raimi and Webb) were consulted during the development of these characters, so at least knowing their vision will be continued as the directors intended should be reassuring for some fans.
What do you think of this rumor? Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 17, 2021, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.