When Tom Holland’s Peter Parker joined the Avengers, he truly began his superhero career. However, there are several reasons Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man universes never had their own Avengers. There is no way back for Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home, with Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield all portraying Spider-Men who are unaware of the Avengers. Even though Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man universe includes a mention of Superman, the web-slinging hero never had any other superheroes to team up with.
The Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy starred Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker as he battled Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Sandman, and Venom, but only three of these four villains appeared in No Way Home due to budgetary restraints. Peter Parker faced off against a similar cast of villains in Sony’s 2012 and 2014 reboots starring Andrew Garfield, but there was one major difference from the Tom Holland films: Peter Parker fought alone, with no mention of any other helpful heroes.
J. Jonah Jameson referred to Doctor Strange as a hero in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, but nothing ever came of it. Spider-Man didn’t meet or team up with any other heroes in the universe, even though Tom Holland’s Parker operated almost exclusively under the auspices of The Avengers in films starring Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men.
It was Sony’s lack of rights to the Avengers that prevented Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man universes from having the Avengers. The Avengers and the MCU were still a decade away when Sony purchased Spider-Man’s rights in 1999. Besides, Sony only has the rights to Marvel’s Spider-Man characters. As a reason, including any other comic book heroes, would have created a legal tangle for the studio. Sony had no contractual obligation to include the Avengers. This is because they were either yet to be purchased or were under Disney’s control at the time of the film’s release.
Spider-Man’s MCU debut was only made possible because Sony and Disney joined forces for Captain America: Civil War. This move definitely benefited both companies. Spider-Man, on the other hand, was a huge draw for both Sony and Disney. This was because of the MCU’s extensive connections and relationships with superheroes.
Before the MCU and the Avengers were even conceived, Sony bought the Spider-Man movie rights. This way there wasn’t much of an incentive for them to join forces with Marvel. Aside from Iron Man, who is Marvel’s most popular character, Sony saw Spider-Man as a potential cash cow.
Spider-Man films starring Tobey Maguire and his own comic book villains were a resounding success, and Sony followed suit with Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man films. When the MCU began, the pressure to include Spider-Man grew and this all changed.
The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were both released in 2012. However, The Avengers dominated the box office. Meanwhile, Andrew Garfield’s film was a letdown. As a result, Sony agreed to let the MCU use its character, Spider-Man. However, the problem was that Disney wanted to start over with the character’s origin story. As a result, the Avengers could have come from Andrew Garfield’s universe if Disney had chosen to bring his hero into the MCU rather than starting the story over with Tom Holland.
Before Tom Holland’s portrayal of Peter Parker in The Avengers, the MCU had an original concept for Manhattan’s skyline. This storyline included Oscorp Tower. Andrew Maguire’s Spider-Man MCU canon would have been complete had this not been axed due to its length. When Dr. Strange was mentioned, it appeared that Spider-Man could have met other superheroes in the Maguire and Garfield Spider-Man universes.
Even then, maybe the character was probably never meant to work with them as Avengers. Maguire and Garfield’s Parkers are also better separated from the specific qualities of the MCU. This is because they are not a part of a universe in which other Marvel heroes join.