SPOILERS AHEAD FOR SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME!!
Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna, screenwriters for Spider-Man: No Way Home, have stated that they would want to see legacy Spider-Man performers return in a future edition. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield have joined Tom Holland in No Way Home, and moviegoers have been ecstatic for the previous two weeks. Videos of audience reactions to their revelation scene have been circulating on social media, and they all feature a lot of cheering.
The expectation for Spider-Man: No Way Home was exceptional during the Covid-19 epidemic era, as seen by the film’s worldwide box office gross of $1 billion. Classic villains like Green Goblin and Doc Ock were included in the promotion for No Way Home, leading to rumours that Maguire and Garfield might return, but no confirmation until the film’s release earlier this month.
The sheer potential of three Spider-Men in one picture, along with the presence of these villains, made this easily the most anticipated film of the year. In a recent interview with Variety, screenwriters Sommers and McKenna explored the prospect of Maguire and Garfield returning in a future Spider-Man picture. McKenna says he “would hope so!” and “would love to see more of their adventure” when asked about this.
He even said that the team was debating; which characters to add in a post-credits scene before settling on Venom’s appearance. They were talking about the idea of a post-credits scene for the older Spider-Men; which would set up a future chapter for them. Perhaps it would have included a character from one of their universes. Below is what McKenna responded when questioned about future Spider-Man films starring Maguire and Garfield:
Sommers Jokes About A TV Show With Andrew & Tobey
McKenna: I would hope so! I would love to see more of their journey. We even talked about, ‘Oh, we could do a [post-credits] tag with this one! We could do a tag with that one!’
Sommers then joked about wanting to develop “a TV show with them [Maguire and Garfield] travelling around in a van solving mysteries.” McKenna affirms, humorously, that this is the case. This sounds a lot like Scooby-Doo, but without the dog. Many fans would certainly love the concept; but it would definitely not do justice to the legacy of the two Spider-Man forms.
Marvel Studios and Sony are unlikely to launch a programme starring Maguire and Garfield. While other Disney+ programmes have been made around minor characters like WandaVision and Hawkeye; it is unlikely that a live-action series about a major figure like Spider-Man will be made. The Spider-Man: Freshman Year animated series was announced in November for Disney+; but it’s unlikely that a live-action Spider-Man film will be released outside of cinemas.
After Spider-Man: No Way Home; a better way to honour the legacies of the earlier Spider-Men would be to shoot continuations of their characters’ travels. They would be more profitable for Sony as well.