Spider-Man: No Way Home - What we know so far...
Since the name drop for the new Spider-Man film was announced, fans have been speculating on what the newest of adventure with our web-slinger is really about. Toy drops, leaks, actor spoilage, and the newest paparazzi photos of Tom Holland and Zendaya kissing - it's safe to say the Spidey fandom is in a spiral.
In February of this year, fans finally got the first official bit of news from the newest Spidey film. Since the film was confirmed, fans have been prying and speculating that the film is set to be a multiverse/spider-verse film. With the confirmation of Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange set to appear alongside Tom Holland's Spider-Man, MCU fans have every right to assume some multi-dimensional mayhem is set to occur. Kevin Feige himself said that Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness directly connects to both WandaVision and No Way Home. He also stated back in January that fans haven't been too far off with their predictions.
Jamie Foxx spoils his appearance
Jamie Foxx portrayed Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel starring Andrew Garfield in 2014, before Spider-Man was legally allowed to be in the MCU. Since those movies essentially no longer matter, one can assume that Marvel is just casting a new version of the character with a familiar actor - similar to what WandaVision did with Evan Peter's "Pietro". What leads me to trust this theory is what Foxx stated in his now deleted Instagram post:
"Super excited to part of the new marvel Spider-Man new installment, And i won’t be blue in this one!! but a thousand percent badass!!!” - Jamie Foxx
Jamie not only seemingly gave away his secret role, he also let fans know that he will have a different look than he had before. Leading me to believe he is in fact portraying another version of Electro - not The Amazing Spider-Man version. However, this next actors mistake makes me question that theory.
Alfred Molina spills his new costume's details
Actor Alfred Molina, best known by his role as Doc Ock in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man sequel, has spoiled and confirmed his appearance in the upcoming Spider-Man film. In an interview with Variety in April, Molina went on to explain his role and even his costume in detail.
“It was wonderful,” he said. “It was very interesting going back after 17 years to play the same role, given that in the intervening years, I now have two chins, a wattle, crow’s feet and a slightly dodgy lower back.”
Molina went on to call himself "the worst kept secret in Hollywood" and expressing his gratitude to his CGI Tentacle counter parts saying, "they do all the work". We all know that Doc Ock was defeated and died in Tobey Maguire's version, but according to Molina - John Watts told him that "no one really dies [in the MCU]".
Kevin Feige recently threw shade at Alfred during an interview, letting off a little steam after trying so desperately to keep all of the Spidey secrets under wraps.
Charlie Cox might be Daredevil again?
Charlie Cox is not confirmed for Spider-Man: No Way Home, however "sources" for ScreenRant say that Cox was said to have wrapped filming for the project in January of this year.
Charlie Cox is best know to Marvel fans as Daredevil from the Netflix series of the same name that was cancelled back in 2018. Since then, fans have been dying to see Cox reprise his role, hoping he would step in to defend Peter Parker in his potential case against Mysterio/Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal).
Andrew Garfield strongly denies his appearance... but then backtracks
After first strongly denying his involvement in the upcoming Spider-Man installment, it only took Andrew Garfield a week to restore hope to fans of a potential live action Spider-Verse film.
Andrew Garfield was cast as Peter Parker/Spider-Man for The Amazing Spider-Man films in 2012 and 2014. Since his big bad Electro (Jamie Foxx) has spoiled his appearance for the film, fans have been dying for an announcement or tease that our past Spidey actors are going to be present for the film.
In February, a DoorDash driver in Georgia claimed to have delivered a meal to Garfield at an apartment. Being that Spider-Man: No Way Home was filming in Georgia at this time, fans took this little ray of hope and ran with it. Personally, I do not think we will see Andrew or Tobey in the Spider-Man film - BUT I HAVE BEEN WRONG BEFORE!
Before us fans were given a trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, we were allowed to pre-order toys! The toys give us a peak at Spidey's new looks. We know now for sure that he will be getting at least 2 new suits for this film, and a return of the Iron Spider arms!
The black and gold suit is reminiscent of Iron Spider Suit found in the Miles Morales comics.
The rest of the toys feature some familiar characters like MJ, Ned, and even Doctor Strange (although his outfit is a strange choice for a Pop! Funko).
Other toys are a mash-up from previous Spider-Man films, yet they still have promotional marketing for No Way Home. Could these toys potentially be spoiling a Sinister Six style team-up for the third Spidey film?
These toys were released by Marvel's official website on July 2nd, informing us that these toys and action figures will be available for pre-order soon. The website also revealed the official release date of the film:
December 17, 2021
Other than the little leaks, teases, and rumors here and there, there is still little to be known about the true story of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Although all signs may lead to a multiverse or Spider-Verse film, it is best not to speculate until at least a trailer is finally released. We fans tend to get so excited for upcoming projects that we begin to fantasize about what they could be rather than what they are. Marvel is testing our patience, but I am sure the wait will be worth it!