Most of the world has heard of No Way Home by now. Besides being the biggest movie of 2021, this one is also one of the most financially successful films of all time. Throughout the film, Peter Parker is confronted with the fact that his identity has been made public. Because of his good intentions, the superhero accidentally transports Multiversal villains to the wrong universe. All this, while attempting to fix the problem.
While Alfred Molina and Willem Dafoe are two of the most well-known actors to have crossed over, they aren’t the only big names to do so. The return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man was finally seen by fans. Audiences seemed to respond better to Garfield’s appearance than Maguire’s, even though Maguire has been off-screen longer. After Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy was killed off at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, many fans have given up on seeing the character’s saga be concluded.
But No Way Home came along and gave us exactly what we were looking for. Garfield’s character was solidified by the tragic death of Gwen. When he saved Zendaya’s MJ, it was one of the film’s most powerful emotional moments. For those who missed it, Peter’s Andrew had another connection to Spider-Gwen’s existence, one that subtly hints at the possibility.
In Spider-Man: No Way Home, the dynamic between the three Spider-Men is one of the film’s best aspects. The return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield for everyone’s Peter Parker Tom Holland provided some hilarious and heartfelt moments. Among these was a mid-battle meeting in which they discussed strategy and tactics.
Peter, played by Tom Holland, recalls his time with the Avengers as they try to figure out how to work together.
“I don’t want to brag, but I will: I was in the Avengers.”
The other two Peters should, in theory, know who these people are, but they don’t. The funniest part of Andrew Garfield’s response is the reference to his ex-girlfriend. Peter 3 asks, “Is that a band… are you in a band?” in response to Peter 1’s Avengers boast. Even better, the idea of forming a band is incredibly enticing. But how does this go beyond a simple joke?
It’s interesting to note that in the comics, the Gwen Stacy who becomes Spider-Gwen (or Ghost-Spider, these days) is a member of a band.
In the comics, Spider-Gwen forms a band called The Mary Janes with her schoolmates, in which she plays drums. Her duties as Spider-Woman and as a member of their group frequently conflict with each other.
Andrew’s excitement over these activities, while seemingly insignificant, has a strong connection to the two characters in the live-action film, and it’s worth noting this connection. Gwen, not Peter, is the victim of the fateful spider on Earth-65. However, he’s not completely absent from her psyche. They were childhood neighbors who became friends over their shared love of music.
When Spider-Gwen becomes hugely popular, Peter Parker, who has been bullied for years, decides to try an experiment to become as unique as his hero, Spider-Woman. As a result, his experiment goes awry and he transforms into a Lizard-like creature. Gwen confronts this new creation after he crashes a prom. As a result, despite the Lizard’s pleas that she stop, she does not back down.
Peter reverts to his human form after the battle, but he is killed by the injuries he sustained during the struggle. Not only does Gwen spend her days trying to atone for this, but the rest of the world holds her responsible for Parker’s death.
The response to Andrew Garfield’s performance in Spider-Man: No Way Home has been overwhelmingly positive. Sony has even been petitioned to produce a third Amazing film on their own dime. After a disappointing performance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the actor deserves a second chance to redeem himself.
Sony has the key to the future of the character right in front of her. Spider-Gwen, a character beloved around the world thanks to Into the Spider-Verse, is the perfect addition to the Spider-Man franchise at this time. To set the stage for a crossover that would be one of the biggest emotional events in years while also giving Sony its own big tentpole Spider-Man, Sony would have to create an alternate Gwen and show audiences how she lost her Peter Parker.
Regarding character development, crossovers can be a goldmine because of the mirrored life experiences between the two protagonists. After Gwen’s Peter was killed in the film, Andrew Garfield’s character, Spider-Man, admitted on screen that he was no longer able to hold back his aggression because of her death in the Marvel universe.
Garfield’s Spider-Man revolves around Gwen’s demise, and Sony could easily create an entire universe around Spider-Gwen. Peter’s death still had a profound effect on her. It does so in a more Platonic way than the star-crossed lovers seen in the Amazing films. Sony and Marvel Studios’ reactions to Tom Holland’s latest film’s success are still up in the air. As a result, there may be more Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the future.