The multiverse was not mentioned in the original storyline for Spider-Man: No Way Home. After a brief disagreement that threatened to pull Tom Holland’s wall-crawler out of the MCU, Marvel Studios and Sony’s next partnership almost didn’t happen.
Thankfully, they were able to find a medium ground; otherwise, Jon Watts’ record-breaking picture would not have been made.
no multiverse in original storyline
In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Peter Parker went on his most daring journey yet, which also required him to make the greatest personal sacrifice. Following Mysterio’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) malicious confession at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, the young hero had to deal with the public’s discovery of his secret superhero identity. Apart from that, Peter has battled villains from different universes.
Despite Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) best efforts, the sorcerer’s modified spell accidentally exposed Earth to multiverse threats. As a result, numerous characters from prior Spider-Man franchises made cameo appearances, including Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield repeating their respective roles as the hero.
However, prior to all of this, Spider-Man: No Way Home didn’t appear to include the multiverse at all. McKenna and Sommers discussed various narratives for the threequel in a new interview with Variety, but none tackled the existence of other realms as completely as they did in the new MCU film. Instead, they planned to tease it at the end of the movie, but they recognized that it would be far more effective to make it a central plot point.
McKenna’s response is below:
“We had gone down a couple different roads with different story ideas that were not [the multiverse] that would then tease something like this at the end of it. Why tease the multiverse when you can just do it?”
Sommers and McKenna didn’t go into detail about the plotlines for the threequel, which is understandable given the possibility that any of them would be addressed in Holland’s next Spider-Man trilogy.
It’s no secret that Spider-Man: Far From Home set the basis for a very different sequel than Spider-Man: No Way Home. With Peter’s secret superhero identity revealed, many assumed Kraven the Hunter would be the wall-next crawler’s enemy, which made sense. To be honest, it’s a match-up that a lot of people would like to see, and it’s something that Marvel Studios and Sony might think about doing in the future.
When it was announced that Spider-Man: No Way Home would take on the universe, not everyone was pleased, as some thought it would deflect attention away from the main character. Fortunately, this was not the case.