Though Spider-Man: No Way Home’s first trailer broke viewing records and brought fans their first peek at what to anticipate from the impending threequel, the long-awaited video did little to dispel suspicions about Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s cameos in the picture.
Despite Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield’s best efforts, Sony and Marvel’s scant marketing following the trailer merely heightened fan excitement, and a spate of believable leaks amplified that hype to unprecedented levels.
While it was speculated that the second trailer for No Way Home would include Maguire and Garfield, Sony and Marvel instead chose to emphasise their roster of villains from previous Spider-Man films. Nonetheless, astute fans noticed that one of the old Spider-Men made an unexpected appearance.
There appears to be a disembodied arm and hand clutching onto a scaffolding rail just to the left of Peter’s best friend Ned at 2:28 in the new Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer.
A closer look at this editing blunder can be found below.
While this hand and arm appear to belong to Spider-Man, the honest debate is whether it belongs to Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield.
Surprisingly, this isn’t Sony’s first editing blunder in this trailer. An image of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man swinging towards the film’s adversaries shows the Lizard turning away as if he’s been booted, even though Holland is nowhere near him. Fans have speculated that Sony and Marvel chopped out either Maguire or Garfield for the teaser, but they missed to complete editing them out of this particular scene.
It’s nothing uncommon for Marvel Studios to remove characters or features from trailers. In reality, certain scenes featured in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame were never included in the film and were merely displayed to keep fans guessing.
At the same time, Sony is no stranger to gaffes like these. Their reactions to leaks have only given them credence. Fans reacted negatively to the film’s second poster design, which was hastily created and had similar iconography to the original.
While Maguire and Garfield’s involvement may be the worst kept secret in Hollywood thus far, the film’s marketing campaign intends to keep their appearances a secret and focus on Holland. However, despite Sony’s best efforts to prevent spoilers, the studio appears to confirm them.