Fourteen years and seven years. So much has passed since the audience last saw Tobey Maguire and Spider-Man by Andrew Garfield characters on the big screen. Suffice it to say that it is a lot of time and if they ever appeared every actor would re-imagine himself on screen he would have some thoughts on that it. If.
As you almost certainly know at this point, there is no “if” anymore. Maguire and Garfield reprise those roles in Spider-Man: No way home, which is now in theaters. Their appearance was considered a top-notch secret, and although most people connected the dots in the months before the film’s release, it’s a great pleasure to see them appear. But they don’t show up. Screenwriters Chris McKenna and Eric Sommers had to make sure the roles served the script, as did the main Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland. And as both Maguire and Garfield signed, and the writers worked on the script pages to give them, each actor obviously helped tremendously in finding out where their specific Spider-Man was. This includes what happened to them off screen in the years after previous films.
“Tobey wanted to be very minimal about how much you know,” McKenna explained Hollywood Reporter. “Very, very minimal. Andrew really liked the idea that he was still being tortured what happened in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and where it left him, and how they could have brought it to Tom. ‘We can sympathize with you. We know what you’re going through. If anyone in the world knows what you’re going through, it’s us. ‘ But also, ‘We can be lighthouses.’ “
That’s why in the film we know that Maguire’s Spider-Man is still with MJ and that he was thinking about the Osborns, but not much more. Garfield’s Spider-Man, on the other hand, freely admits that he has gone to a dark place since Gwen was killed and has not found a new girlfriend. The fact that every character is still struggling to be Spider-Man has added a welcome, complex dynamic.
“Tobey especially has come through that darkness,” McKenna continued. “We thought it was cool that Andrew’s Peter was still in the midst of that darkness. They weren’t just here to go, ‘Two awesome Jedi knight heroes who show up and are going to help you take down the bad guys.’ They are going through their own things. We were trying to write up to the characters that they did such a great job of creating and really being true to those characters and those stories and those worlds so that it didn’t feel like we were doing curtain call, fan-service.”
Head over to The Hollywood Reporter to read even more about how Maguire and Garfield returned to the franchise.
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