Spider-Man: No Way Home will be 2021’s swan song for Marvel Studios, and thus far, it seems like it’ll be music to most fans’ ears.
As its December 17, 2021 release date inches closer, images and details of the MCU threequel have trickled out. Recently, a dual set of Empire magazine covers gave even more hints at who exactly Tom Holland’s webslinger will be opposing in the film, while leaked marketing materials have solidified at least one of the suits the hero will be donning.
Nonetheless, arguably the greatest mystery of No Way Home lies in its cast. Thus far, Spider-Man mainstays such as Holland himself, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, and Jon Favreau are confirmed to return.
Alongside them will be Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange who, from the looks of the first trailer, will be trying to help Peter Parker out with a bit of magic. And lastly, Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock from Sony’s Spider-Man 2 will yield his iconic, metallic arms again opposite Holland.
However, the rumored cast is far more extensive. From past iterations of Spider-Man to almost every villain in his rogue’s gallery to grace the silver screen, there’s no saying who – or how many – of these names may show up.
Now, a new interview from Holland added fuel to the fire by confirming the appearance of a mystery character.
Spider-Man, Aunt May, Happy Hogan, & Who?
In an interview with Empire Magazine, Spider-Man: No Way Home star Tom Holland shared that, for the threequel, he filmed "one of the coolest scenes I've ever shot."
Empire wrote that the scene in question involves Holland's Peter Parker, Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), and an unnamed character. This scene involves the group talking about "what it's like to be a superhero:"
“It’s four people sitting at a table, having a conversation about what it’s like to be a superhero, and it was amazing.”
Holland also mentioned that the scene had "his jaw[s] on the floor:"
“The other day we watched the scene, my brother and I, and our jaws were on the floor.”
No Way Home Bringing in Another Hero (Or Villain)
Considering the topic of conversation revolves around “what it’s like to be a superhero,” there are a few easy guesses as to who Holland and his MCU family could be chatting with here.
Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men immediately come to mind; as two men who know more than anything about the challenges of not just being a superhero but being Spider-Man himself, they’d surely have a great heart-to-heart with Peter and his family.
Alternatively, Peter and co. could be receiving some advice during a legal consultation with Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, a Netflix original character who’s been wildly speculated to be appearing in No Way Home despite the actor’s dodgy responses when confronted with the possibility.
Another contender for this seat at the table could, in fact, be someone from Spider-Man’s rogue's gallery. Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman or even Tom Hardy’s Venom may fill the slot.
As Church’s character ended his Sony Spider-Man run on a high note and with Hardy’s Venom seemingly in the MCU now, frankly, anything is possible. And it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for either of them to be level with Holland’s Peter, as they both come from heroic-related pasts that each have their own bouts of regret.
Either way, the confirmation of an unknown character being involved in at least one scene in this monumental movie is enough to have fan speculation running rampant yet again.
Fans will join this conversation when Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into theaters on December 17, 2021.