Spider-Man: No Way Home has been out since December – so we’re guessing that unless you’ve been living under a rock since then, you’ve probably seen some of the stuff that happens in the movie. We’ll still give you a spoiler warning for some of the specifics – but most of you likely already know that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield made returns in the film as their versions of Peter Parker/Spider-Man alongside Tom Holland.
While Andrew Garfield has spoken at length about his return in the movie, Tobey Maguire hadn’t said anything – until now. The actor joined Tom Holland and Garfield in a group video interview with Deadline and had some pretty interesting things to say.
The actor first spoke about when Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal approached him for the return:
“In that conversation, the intention, the kind of love and celebration of these movies and what it meant, I think, to Amy and Kevin was apparent, and to me, when artists or, you know, people who are steering the creative process have a kind of authentic, genuine intent of celebration and love, it just was so apparent in both of them, that, I don’t know, I just wanted to join that. And I’m a big fan of Tom and those movies and Andrew. So, it was definitely intriguing, but yes, I was also going, ‘well, what are we going to do? And that was a bit mysterious.”
“I did appreciate what was shared, but, it was really about getting together with these people and revisiting what was part of my history and getting a chance to come together. There are personal things too, which are kind of resolutions or a way to revisit and – I’m not quite sure how to put it, just to get back into that and, I don’t want to say like close the chapter, but revisit and have certain resolutions and just join in this loving creative spirit.”
The actor then spoke about getting back into the iconic costume again:
“It was uncomfortable getting it on and then it’s a goof, and then it also has a power, in a sense, because it brings me back into that character. It really does. There’s so much affinity for this character, it means so much to so many people that once the goofiness of being in lycra or spandex goes away, you’re like ‘Oh wow. This is cool.’ This is a responsibility, but a blessing, like something that I get to do that I’m grateful for. Honestly, being with these guys, it really was just a much, much richer experience than I anticipated or that I could really even express in words.
Just to get to be there with these guys in their suits and whether it was us dancing around or playing around in scenes and improvising or feeling that sense of service to each other and the character, being in service to humanity. It really gives a certain perspective. I just felt super safe and like we were all on the same team and all in support of each other and it just brought out this, I don’t know how to put it other than just like this really loving, fun creative experience. I was just sitting in gratitude every day, which is not always the case when you’re working on something even just from the standpoint of trying to figure out what you’re doing and it wasn’t without its challenges, but it all just unfolded the way it needed to. It had a sense of this kind of destiny to it as well so I guess the suit was the doorway to that.“
You can check out the entire group interview below – and see the actors together in Spider-Man: No Way Home which is currently out now.