No Way Home’s Ending Was Different Before Surprise Actors Signed On

The previous Spider-Man cast members, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield inspired the third act, according to the screenwriters of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Spider-Man: No Way Home, directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker, is the third part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man trilogy.

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The blockbuster picture has already shattered records inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the most pre-sale tickets since Avengers: Endgame, as well as surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the greatest December opening of all time.

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Prior to Holland’s Spider-Man adaptation with Sony and Marvel Studios in the MCU, filmmaker Sam Raimi launched the Spider-Man series with the 2002 film Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire. Following the success of Raimi’s acclaimed Spider-Man trilogy, 

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Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, the screenwriting team behind Spider-Man: No Way Home; spoke with THR about how Maguire and Garfield created the concepts and characters for the film’s final act. Despite the fact that Garfield and Maguire were given the script at the last minute; after secretly signing on to the movie they were able to seamlessly transition into their parts. 

“SOMMERS: They had thoughts, and it was really interesting and helpful to see their thoughts. No one knows the character as well as — or gives as much thought to the character; — as someone who has to then embody it and sell it. It’s always valuable to hear what the actor is thinking. It definitely shaped what we did.

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MCKENNA: They had great ideas that really elevated everything we were going for and added layers and an arc; and we really actually started honing into the idea that these two guys were really helping Tom’s Peter on his journey to becoming who he ends up becoming. There’s a crucial, moral moment that they help him get through in the climax of the movie. So much of that was brought by Tobey and Andrew’s ideas; and shaping of what they thought their characters could bring to this story.”