Amy Pascal, the producer of Spider-Man: No Way Home, warned her leads from the start not to date each other. No Way Home, which debuted in theatres in the United States on December 17th, is already one of the year’s most popular pictures.
The film brings in characters from prior Spider-Man iterations, including both Sam Raimi’s 2002 trilogy and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2. It also combines the cast of the solo Spider-Man films with the world of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange.
In just one day, No Way Home has climbed into the top ten films of the year, with the second-biggest opening weekend box office of all time, trailing only Avengers: Endgame.
Producer of Spider-Man Warned
Any Spider-Man film’s leads will almost certainly date each other. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst (who played Mary Jane Watson in all three Raimi films) began dating during the first film, but their relationship ended before the first sequel’s release in 2004. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (who played Gwen Stacy in the Amazing films) dated for even longer, lasting four years between the release of both films and even appearing in a Saturday Night Live parody about their on-set romance. The most recent Spider-Man news is that Tom Holland and Zendaya formally confirmed their relationship status in December after rumors had been circulating for some weeks.
Amy Pascal was asked why she believes every Spider-Man actor has dated their co-star in an interview with The New York Times. Despite the fact that she was not involved with the franchise when Tobey Maguire was dating Kirsten Dunst, she was present for the budding romances of Tom Holland and Zendaya and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. She has no idea why this keeps happening, but she has advised all of her stars to avoid dating since “it can only complicate matters,” but they have “all ignored [her].”
Here’s the rest of the quote:
“I took Tom and Zendaya aside, separately, when we first cast them and gave them a lecture. Don’t go there — just don’t. Try not to. I gave the same advice to Andrew and Emma. It can just complicate things, you know? And they all ignored me.”
On-set romances between co-stars have exploded repeatedly throughout Hollywood’s history.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith (who met when she auditioned for Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. are two of the industry’s most well-known couples that met this manner (who met on the set of the 1997 slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer). The rhythm of spending hours on set every day for weeks on end seemed to have some type of alchemical magic to it.