Yesterday, the highly anticipated second trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home dropped and fans found themselves disappointed after — once again — there was no confirmation that former “Spider-Men” Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will appear in the film.
Garfield, in particular, has denied his involvement in the final movie in the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy — and, in fairness, one video that purportedly featured the actor was already debunked as a fake.
Now, however, some eagle-eyed fans believe Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures actually did confirm Maguire’s and Garfield’s cameos, thanks to two key editing errors in the newest trailer. First, as we reported yesterday, there is a scene in which villain Lizard (Rhys Ifans) is kicked by an invisible character.
Thanks to the Brazilian cut of the trailer, we know that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man is nowhere near the antagonist at the time — he is in the far lefthand corner of the screen — leading many to speculate that either Maguire or Garfield’s version of the friendly neighborhood super hero attacked Lizard.
Now, a second error all but confirms the involvement of at least one of the former Spider-Man actors. In one scene featuring Peter’s best friend Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) and MJ (Zendaya), there is a disembodied arm seemingly belonging to Spidy on the lefthand side of the footage [above].
This arm, seemingly, was accidentally left behind during the editing process, and fans are convinced it belongs to either Maguire or Garfield. If the Lizard scene had been the only apparent spoiler that Maguire and Garfield will be in the Marvel movie, it could potentially have been written off — but two editing mistakes portending the same thing are tough to deny.
Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time an arm has convinced Marvel fans that a huge cameo is coming in No Way Home. After the first trailer dropped, fans were adamant that they had seen Charlie Cox’s forearms, signaling a Matt Murdock/Daredevil appearance.
As for Maguire and Garfield, these editing issues are more than a little bit hard to move past.
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Joining Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), the official description of Spider-Man: No Way Home reads:
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Holland and Zendaya are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), and Alfred Molina (Doctor Octopus) in the film.
What are your thoughts on the second Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer?