It is hard to remember a movie that has had more rumors and anticipation surrounding it than Spider-Man: No Way Home.
With the opening of the Multiverse and that plotline growing quickly, bringing in other versions of Spider-Man to fight alongside Tom Holland is more possible than it has ever been. Considering that the villains of the upcoming film were previously antagonists in both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's respective Spider-Man movies, their inclusion is all but confirmed at this point.
Most fans are completely convinced that the two actors will undoubtedly make an appearance. A leaked set video showcased Garfield in his Spidey costume, and while it was initially presumed to be fake, VFX experts analyzed the video and claimed that it was most likely authentic.
J.B. Smoove, who is reprising his role as Julius Dell in No Way Home, also added fuel to the fire by saying he is most excited to see Holland share the screen with Maguire in the movie.
Despite the substantial evidence suggesting that both previous Spider-Man actors are in the film, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Holland have both done their best to convince the public that there will only be one web-slinger come December.
The Marvel boss recently touched on the topic yet again, this time cautioning fans about building high expectations.
Kevin Feige on No Way Home Expectations
In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talked about fan expectations surrounding Spider-Man: No Way Home, most notably the inclusion of previous Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield making an appearance in the film.
In the interview, Feige talked about the difference between rumors and expectations, specifically the "danger" of getting "disappointed" when certain expectations don't come true:
"Rumors are fun, because many of them are true, and many of them are not true. The danger is when you get into the expectations game of wanting people to be excited about the movie they get, and not disappointed about a movie they don't get."
The focus was then shifted toward a day on the set of Spider-Man: No Way Home, where Zendaya, who plays M.J., and Jacob Batalon, who portrays Ned, came on their day off to observe a certain rehearsal that they "[weren't] going to miss:"
"They were like, 'Bro, do you really think we're going to miss this rehearsal?'"
A Spider-Man Filled Rehearsal
Feige's comments are completely overshadowed by Holland's account of the day on set where a rehearsal happened that was apparently pretty important.
Holland has been known to take a page out of Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo's book in the past, spoiling certain plot points of movies that he is in. However, when it comes to No Way Home, the Spider-Man actor has done a rather good job keeping the movie as secretive as he can.
While not directly giving anything away, Holland's comments allude to the first team-up rehearsal that happened between himself, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield. It would be hard to find another moment in the movie that would be so big it got actors to come in on their day off just to witness it.
With Spider-Man: No Way Home premiering in theaters on December 17, 2021, the wait to see if the inevitable Multiversal team-up actually happens is getting shorter and shorter.
However, fans would be wise to heed Feige's words and not raise expectations too high, just to avoid disappointment in case something doesn't happen.