The lead-up to No Way Home’s release was marked by a flurry of rumors regarding character returns. However, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were rumored to make a cameo appearance before that announcement. Since Endgame, the conclusion of Spider-Man’s Homecoming trilogy has been the most eagerly anticipated MCU film. It has already set a new record at the box office with $1.16 billion in worldwide revenues. This has made it Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time with NWH.
When it comes to hardcore superhero fans, everyone wants to see their theories come true. Speculation regarding who will appear in which MCU film is legitimate. This is so considering that each entry promises to tie to other titles. It’s not NWH’s fault that so many people have unrealistic expectations for the future of the MCU. However, its new standards of what can be done through reintroducing old characters have set many viewers’ expectations too high.
The MCU has already felt the repercussions of No Way Home. Numerous fans expected the Hawkeye epilogue to bring with it a big character reveal, like that of Spider-Man or Daredevil.
The Multiverse of Madness has also been speculated to feature numerous character cameos. In addition to Scarlet Witch and America Chavez, several other characters like the X-Men and Deadpool are still up in the air.
There is a huge difficulty with the MCU’s alleged character appearances. This is because it is impossible to bring back previous characters or merge a large number of characters from various projects into a single film or television series. The success of NWH in the superhero genre shouldn’t undermine the possibilities of future films if they don’t deliver in the same way as they did.
Superhero films don’t need major character cameos to be enjoyable. In No Way Home, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker was fully fleshed out as a character for the first time in a feature picture. The villains and other Spider-Men were enjoyable. However, they were not the driving factor behind the film’s storytelling success.