Marvel Studios has no shortage of material to deliver to fans over the back half of 2021. At the forefront of these entries is Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is already being hyped up as possibly the most ambitious solo outing in superhero movie history.
While the film's first trailer teased the movie's numerous villains coming back from past Spidey outings, fans are still curious to see if those movies' leading heroes will join the party as well. While both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are reportedly a part of No Way Home in some capacity, no confirmation on their inclusion has come from the studios or the film's cast.
Maguire has been radio silent on the matter, but Garfield has spoken in multiple interviews on how he is definitively not in No Way Home.
Garfield now attempted to do the same in his most recent public appearance, but he didn't exactly deny anything either.
Andrew Garfield Sets Spidey Rumors "Straight"
Andrew Garfield went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to address the rumors about his appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Specifically, he spoke on the leaked photo that appeared to show Garfield suited up in his Amazing Spider-Man costume next to fellow Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire in front of a blue screen, which was reportedly copyright blocked online:
Fallon: "There's a photo going around on the internet of you and Tobey Maguire on the set of Spider-Man, the new Spider-Man movie."
Garfield: "I'm not sure about that..."
Fallon: "We are. We're pretty sure about it! So we know what's up, do you know what's up?"
Garfield initially deflected the topic, asking Fallon "what are you talking about?" when the host questioned if he had seen the image.
The 38-year-old actor then started to change his tune, telling Fallon "if you show me the photo, I can tell you whether it's me or whether it's a real thing:"
Fallon: "It's been erased off the internet."
Garfield: "Oh, how convenient, Detective Fallon!"
Shortly after claiming to be unaware of the photo's existence, Garfield stated that he had "heard about [the photo], and did see it, and it's a Photoshop" before exclaiming, "I'm trying to manage expectations!"
Following the back and forth, Garfield confirmed that he had watched the new Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, expressing his admiration for his Spidey successor Tom Holland:
"I have, and I'm excited, and I think that Tom Holland is just the perfect Peter Parker and Spider-Man, so I'm just super stoked. And I get to just be a fan again, which is my preferred position, to be able to sit in the audience and just kind of go [jokingly], 'Yeah, you screwed up mate, you didn't do it as well as you could've done it!' I get to be that guy that's just like, 'Meh, I don't really love the suit, and I don't really love it...'" I get to be that person which is much more fun."
Garfield's full conversation with Fallon can be seen below:
Garfield In or Garfield Out?
The past few months have brought numerous interviews with the former star of The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel, all with varying takes on if he will be coming back for Spider-Man: No Way Home. In this latest round, although he denies knowing about the picture in question at first, he still confirms having seen it but brushes it off as fake fairly quickly.
While it's certainly true that anything can be altered and doctored in this day and age, Garfield still manages to skate around the question to an extent.
At this point, fans are nearly rabid about the idea of Spider-Man: No Way Home featuring the trio of live-action wall-crawlers. Fan art has depicted the three together on numerous occasions, and with the rumors circling them and the villains in the story, the hype is building to nearly unmatched levels compared to other MCU outings.
Nothing will be official until either the movie's December release date or shortly before then, but with Garfield continuing to flip back and forth on his responses, anything still remains possible.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will release in theaters on December 17, 2021.