Spider-Man 3 appears to be the MCU movie that finally gives fans what we’ve talked about for years: a multiverse! With the surprising news that Jamie Foxx would be returning as Electro in the upcoming sequel – as well as Benedict Cumberbatch returning as Doctor Strange, it’s pretty much all but confirmed at this point. There have also been teases of a Spider-Verse, and the latest (and yet another) casting rumor for the movie involves Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield returning for the third Tom Holland starring Spider-Man movie – something that most likely only thought was a pipe-dream.
The latest report comes from FandomWire (who has gotten more than a few stories correct in the past) who writes that Maguire and Garfield are currently in talks to appear in the currently untitled film. The outlet does express, however, that these are just talks and nothing is set in stone as of right now. The report also says:
Sony and Marvel are still finalizing a version of the script that features all three Spider-Men tackling many of their villains from the past, as well as new ones. However, it’s still unknown how large of a role these former Spider-Man actors will eventually play if they agree to sign on.
If true, this is definitely interesting and could be the movie to make almost every single Marvel film MCU canon, depending on how far they want to go. Many fans have been clamoring for a live-action Spider-Verse for years now, and the demand was definitely increased after the success of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. If the report is accurate, it could mean returns for the villains from the Tobey Maguire led films like Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, Alfred Molina as Doctor Octupus, Thomas Haden Church as Sandman – and – well. That’s it. Wait, wasn’t Venom in 2007’s Spider-Man 3? No. We’ll just forget about that.
There’s also The Amazing Spider-Man villains that consist of Green Goblin played by Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti’s Rhino and Rhys Ifans’ portrayal of the Lizard and that mysterious person at the end of the first movie.
It’s worth pointing out that Tom Holland himself revealed that he was open to the idea of a live-action Spider-Verse just last year:
“It would be amazing. It would be really, really cool, and it’s something that the fans really want. So, whether Marvel and Sony decided to do that, it’s up to them. It’s not up to me. I can’t walk in like, ‘Kevin [Feige], this is what we’re doing on the next one!’ But it would be really awesome.”
With DC Comics planning on setting up their own multiverse in The Flash, which will see Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton return to the role of Batman in the movie, you have to imagine that things are going to only get more interesting from here on out for comic book fans – and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on everything that happens.