Sony dropped the footage Spider-Man fans were waiting for Tuesday night, more or less, in the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
As we learned from the teaser, Tom Holland‘s Peter Parker is on the run, and has teamed up with Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange for a spell to make people forget he’s Spider-Man. Except the spell rips open the multiverse. A bunch of former Spider-Man villains come tumbling out, but they’re not villains that Holland’s Spidey has faced.
Willem Dafoe returns as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin from 2002’s Spider-Man. Ditto for Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto “Doc Ock” Octavius from 2004’s Spider-Man 2. Also spotted in the trailer is Sandman, the villain played by Thomas Haden Church in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, The Lizard, who was played by Rhys Ifans in 2013’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and Jamie Foxx‘s Electro from 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
However, here’s who you didn’t see: Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, the two actors whose respective Spidey alter-egos fought those baddies in previous films.
Clearly, Doc Ock was looking for Tobey, telling Holland’s Spidey, “You’re not Peter Parker…”
It had been widely reported that Maguire appears in the film, and it’s thought Garfield does, too, despite his frequent denials. But they’re nowhere to be found in the trailer. However, speculation began immediately Tuesday night that Sony and co-producers Marvel Studios might just be pulling a fast one. Marvel Studios has digitally removed characters in other trailers to preserve surprises.
We may have to wait and see: Spider-Man: No Way Home opens December 17.
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