Spider-Man: No Way Home continues to break both pandemic and non-pandemic box office records. Meanwhile, new information about the film’s more secretive elements emerges. Maguire and Garfield’s return reveals are now behind them. This way the cast and crew can focus on the more exciting aspects of the film’s production.
Spider-Men past returned, and Tom Holland recently shared his pride in the achievement during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. New interviews have revealed a slew of interesting details. These include an unexpected influence on the Spider-Man film series, a scrapped plan to give Zendaya’s MJ superpowers, and the absence of Oscorp from the MCU.
No Way Home’s writers have also spoken out about their experience working on the film. According to Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, screenwriters for the film, they were both involved in the script.
Furthermore, the actors even helped shape how their characters had evolved since their last appearance. It has also been revealed that McKenna and Sommers discussed the process of enlisting Maguire and Garfield as part of the project. The duo further revealed when the two Spider-Men signed on.
In the interview, the NWH screenwriters reveal that both Maguire and Garfield were attached to the project by the end of December 2020. This hampered production because the shooting had begun in October and they hadn’t received script pages until the holidays.
At one point, McKenna said, “We had to get them Act III” about the writing process’ pressures.
That was amazing. [Then] knowing that we had to get pages to Tobey and Andrew. At a certain point, we had to get them Act III. We had to get those pages to them literally a year ago, we were holed up getting pages to them before Christmas of last year.
After praising them, Mckenna went on to say that “they trusted everyone.”
We have to get these pages to them. It was so great. They were on board, but they hadn’t seen anything. They knew the idea, they trusted everyone, but we were in the middle of the war of making the movie, changing so much, but also — we were heading toward shooting them, so they had to see pages and basically see, “OK, we know there has been a pandemic. We know this thing has gone through a million changes, we know it’s been really difficult.” Luckily they read the pages and they were like, “Oh, OK, yes! We can work with this.”
It’s fascinating to learn about Maguire and Garfield’s early thoughts on Spider-Man: No Way Home thanks to this information. Even though they hadn’t even seen any of the scripts, the two actors were still willing to sign on to the film. The fact that the Marvel Studios franchise has now spanned 27 films shows that the duo had confidence in the studio’s staff.
This interview also reveals the rocky state of development for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Act III’s inclusion of two returning Spider-Men was still up in the air as the filming began. Understandably, Maguire and Garfield’s casting scuppered the film’s final act. However, it’s also telling that casting and script decisions were being made well into production.
Maguire and Garfield went into the project with little knowledge of the details. Nonetheless, it was an intelligent decision. Support from fans has helped the film reach the billion-dollar mark.
According to reports from both the general public and members of the production team, Garfield may make another appearance in the Spider-Man universe soon. Even if it appears that the actors took a leap of faith, it is clear that their faith was well-placed.