Each day is bringing Marvel fans tantalizingly closer to the third Spider-Man movie in the MCU as December 17, 2021 — the premiere date for Spider-Man: No Way Home — draws near. The expectations for Marvel and Sony’s latest Spider-Man movie to take on the multiverse may have reached a whole new level with the new rumors making their way around the internet.
It seems almost certain that No Way Home will have Tom Holland’s Peter Parker teaming up with older versions of the character like those of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Still, Marvel boss Kevin Feige refuses to confirm anything — and Andrew Garfield recently seemed to try to deny that he was in No Way Home.
But there is so much evidence to the contrary that Garfield’s denial seems to have fallen on deaf ears as fans claim, “What else could he say?” We know that Alfred Molina is returning as Dr. Otto Octavious AKA Doctor Octopus (“Doc Ock”) and he will be playing the same version of the character fans saw in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 (2004).
It was also confirmed that Jamie Foxx is coming back as Max Dillon AKA Electro from Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). And with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange playing a large role in the film, it’s no shock that fans believe they will be getting the MCU’s version of Spider-verse.
The assumption that Marvel will bring back these versions of Peter Parker has fans begging for even more — Namely, that we could get a live-action version of that famous “Spider-Man Pointing At Spider-Man” meme. And the demand surged when Andy Signore, one of the creators of Honest Trailers and the former boss of Screen Junkies, revealed on Twitter that:
“I heard a real life version has been made… First just Tobey and Tom, then with Andrew… we’ll see if it makes the cut!”
Great art! And yes, I heard, a real life version has been made… First just Tobey and Tom, then with Andrew… we’ll see if it makes the cut! pic.twitter.com/ArMoLthqUe
— Andy Signore (@andysignore) May 10, 2021
While this is far from a confirmation that fans might see their favorite Spider-Man meme in live-action, such a fun Easter egg is not out of the question in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
For those not in the know, the popular meme comes from Episode 19b of the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, “Double Identity.” In that episode, Marvel’s web crawler takes on a villain that was trying to impersonate him. The meme is used to joke when two people have something eerily similar or have a strange encounter.
ScreenRant goes into detail about the origin of the Spider-Man Pointing meme saying:
Titled Spider-Man, the series ran on ABC for two seasons before going into syndication for its third and final season. Consisting of 53 episodes in total, Spider-Man featured Paul Soles as the voice of the titular superhero. […]
In the second segment of Spider-Man season 1, episode 19, appropriately titled “Double Identity,” Peter Parker goes up against an actor-turned-criminal named Charles Cameo. Cameo impersonates Spider-Man to steal art treasures, but is interrupted by the real Spider-Man, who lands in front of him.
Since the Spider-Man pointing meme first made its way to Reddit, there have been variations upon variations. One of my favorite versions of this meme has the two Spider-Man pointing out how much Tom Holland looks like a young Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man and the father of Marvel Comics.
It does not matter if the rumor that this meme was shot for Spider-Man: No Way Home is real or not. The third Marvel Studios Spider-Man film, directed by Jon Watts and written by Chris McKenna, has the potential to be one of the biggest Marvel movies of all time, if not the biggest Spider-Man adventure committed to the big screen.
Other rumors for No Way Home include a cameo from Netflix’s Daredevil himself, Charlie Cox, and the return of William Defoe as Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin.
The MCU Spider-Man films set themselves apart from their predecessors by placing Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) as Peter’s best friend instead of the traditional character Harry Osborn. Though rumors also have Ned following the same path and becoming Hobgoblin in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
While Spider-Man fans are divided on what may happen in Marvel Studio’s next Spider-Man movie, the demand to bring some characters currently held by Sony Pictures into the MCU fold. Keen-eyed viewers even think they caught a reference to the Avengers in the latest Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer. Venom will even be coming to Disney+ at some point in the future thanks to that new Sony and Disney deal!
The Spider-Man Pointing Meme recently surged in popularity after it was used by Dominic Cummings, chief adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to explain the COVID -19 Pandemic.
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