Spider-Man: No Way Home’s first week in theaters is nearly over, and it’s quickly becoming one of the year’s most anticipated events. As an homage to both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s 21st-century web-slinger movies, Tom Holland’s third solo adventure offers fans a look into the hero’s cinematic past, present, and future.
No Way Home surprised many people by becoming the film that brought Marvel Studios fans back to the theaters in droves. This would be a watershed moment in the studio’s filmography despite expectations. While it may not be a household name, it has the potential to be the first billion-dollar blockbuster in a long time, which is impressive considering the current state of the world.
In addition, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s return, which elicited cheers in theaters everywhere when they first appeared on screen, nearly eclipsed every other rumor. Since that momentous occasion, both MCU’s stalwarts have spoken out about their experiences working with a comic book movie pioneer.
Tom Holland and Zendaya, the stars of Spider-Man: No Way Home, spoke with Marvel about Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy star Tobey Maguire’s return as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
Zendaya recalled how “funny” and “cool” Maguire was, as well as how this return “really meant a lot” to Maguire:
Holland: “Tobey was so funny.”
Zendaya: “So cool.
Holland: “We have so many little in-jokes that came up from working with Tobey. ‘Definitely not your dad.’”
Holland: “T-McG. Man, he was so funny. He was really excited to be back. You could tell it really meant a lot to him. Him putting the suit on again. Us getting back together. It was awesome.”
Zendaya: “That first day, I was nervous for you.”
Holland: “Yeah, I was stressed.”
As she and Ned Leeds actor Jacob Batalon snapped photos of Holland and Maguire before one of their first rehearsals together, Zendaya compared the experience to “dropping [him] off at kindergarten.” In the end, they all agreed that Maguire was a joy to work with because he was so amusing.
Zendaya: “We had to do a rehearsal, and me and Jacob [Batalon] felt like your parents.”
Holland: “Dropping me off at school?”
Zendaya: “Like dropping you off at kindergarten for the first day. Like, ‘I hope the other kids like him.’ And like, ‘I hope he doesn’t come back crying.’ And so we were just there, and I was taking pictures of you guys so that you could have it. It was so cute.”
Holland: “You have some amazing pictures of us.”
Zendaya: “I do, I do. But yeah, he was so lovely and hilarious. Unintentionally, sometimes.”
Holland: “He’s hilarious.”
Ned brought Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s web-slingers into his house with Doctor Strange’s Sling Ring in No Way Home’s darkest moments following Aunt May’s death. An even more emotional experience was their first encounter with the MCU’s Spider-Man before their big team-up scene in the third act.
When he first stepped into the role of Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s 2002 solo film, Tobey Maguire ushered in the modern era of superhero movies. Nearly two decades after his last outing as Spider-Man, the comic book movie veteran made an impression on his new MCU co-stars with his portrayal of a wiser and more experienced Spider-Man.
When Zendaya and Holland talked about their nerves, it was obviously out of respect for someone who profoundly impacted their careers. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to watch a contemporary superhero film with someone like that, and they relished every minute of it.
Marvel is likely to have more behind-the-scenes looks and interviews with Maguire and Garfield as more people see the film in the coming weeks and get a chance to ask them questions about their time on set.