Andrew Garfield says he & Tobey Maguire filmed their Spider-Man: No Way Home parts in 2 weeks. Despite a short time frame, the results are meaningful.
According to Andrew Garfield, he and Toby Maguire were only on the set of Spider-Man: No Way Home for two weeks. Not even a month after the premiere of Marvel’s latest installment, fans continue to rave about Peter Parker’s return to the screen. No Way Home’s massive success makes it responsible for 12% of all US box office earnings from 2021 and continues to dominate in theaters and among fans with reception being overwhelmingly positive.
In 2020, rumors began to fly about what the next Spidey movie would be about, promising not only the return of Tom Holland as Peter Parker, MJ (Zendaya), Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), but also Jamie Foxx’s Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This sent fans into a speculative frenzy, and the rumors and hopes that MCU’s Spider-Man would open the Spider-Verse were rampant. Garfield, who played Peter Parker in Sony’s 2012 reboot, had repeatedly denied his involvement with No Way Home until the bitter end, but fans were convinced this wasn’t the case. However, upon the film’s release in December 2021, the rumors were proven to be true. Garfield and Maguire, who played Peter Parker in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, both reprised their roles to help the newest Peter Parker.
In an interview with Variety, Garfield says he and Maguire were only on set for two weeks of No Way Home’s production. Despite the short timeframe, Garfield is confident that they put together something meaningful when there was potential for their appearances to be shallow. Their appearance in the MCU has a larger impact on Holland’s Spider-Man as he continues forward in his journey, while also allowing the alternate Peters the chance to reconcile their own past, like the death of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Read Garfield’s full comment below:
“We were shooting for two weeks, Toby and I, but I think we managed to achieve something that is not just showing up and going, ‘Hi! Bye!’ My Spider-Man got to save his younger brother’s romantic relationship, potentially. And to heal the most traumatic moment of his own life through doing it for his younger brother. Making sure that he didn’t have the same fate, there’s something cosmically beautiful about that. It meant getting a second chance at saving Gwen [Stacy].”
Maguire and Garfield’s performance in the film, and more broadly the MCU, are impressive given that the stars were not confirmed to be part of the project until halfway through the filming schedule. Regardless of when they signed on, the stars brought their A-game as they completed a large amount of filming in only two weeks. The two alternative Spider-Men arrive a little more than halfway through the film and are quite present from their arrival to their departure. With so little time, the depth and heart of the three Peters’ interactions make them feel as meaningful and ephemeral as they were on screen.
There is no telling what is next for the MCU’s Peter Parker after Spider-Man: No Way Home. His recently acquired knowledge about the multiverse might come in handy as audiences prepare for three versions of Doctor Strange in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but with his newly rebooted identity, the world is Peter Parker’s oyster. Whatever’s next for Peter Parker, it is surely coming with a larger understanding about the possibilities of what Spider-Man can become.
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