For Marvel fans, a Spider-Man film is always an event; but ever since Jamie Foxx confirmed his reprisal of Electro for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the hype for the Tom Holland-led threequel skyrocketed and continues to rise due to a steady stream of rumors, leaks, and slip-ups from its cast.
It's no secret that villains from Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's past Spider-Man franchises will be appearing in No Way Home. What hasn't been confirmed - and what may be the worst kept secret in Hollywood - is whether Maguire and Garfield will appear themselves.
In recent months, Garfield has outright denied his involvement, and so far, Tom Holland has supported those claims; however, just weeks ahead of the film's December release, Holland made reference to No Way Home's "three generations."
Tom Holland Talks No Way Home's "Three Generations"
In an interview with GamesRadar, Tom Holland was asked about his experience filming alongside the film's massive cast, which is rumored to include both Tobey Maguire, whose franchise began in 2002, and Andrew Garfield, whose Amazing Spider-Man run began in 2012.
While the actor initially remarked that his co-stars have their own ownership of Spider-Man, he quickly clarified by stating he was referring to his villainous co-stars before saying, "...it's such a huge moment in cinematic history. It's three generations coming together:"
"People don't believe me when I say that [Maguire and Garfield] are not coming back. But people are going to have to believe me at some point. It means a lot to me. The first time you see Doc and the rest of the characters that come back, it's so exciting – and it's such a huge moment in cinematic history. It's three generations coming together."
No Way Tom Holland is Solo in No Way Home
Tom Holland certainly isn't wrong in saying No Way Home is a "huge moment in cinematic history." The desperation from fans for any information about this film amidst a relatively silent marketing campaign has already made the threequel one for the books.
However, Holland's comment about "it's three generations" may have only added fuel to the fire. While it seems that Maguire and Garfield's involvement is pretty much a given at this point, it hasn't been officially confirmed, which has only fed fan curiosity.
While Holland was quick to course-correct the direction of the interview, the fact he considers the film historic and confirms that it highlights three Spider-Man film franchises will do little to shut down speculation. If anything, it only supports the potential for Maguire and Garfield to appear.
After all, why would Sony and Marvel go through the trouble of uniting the casts of all three Spider-Man film franchises together in a single film, but not include its former Spider-Men?
As promotion looks to ramp up ahead of the film's December release, it will be interesting to see how its cast continues to respond to the rumors; but in the meantime, there's no way that the intrigue for No Way Home slows down anytime soon.
Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into theaters on December 17, 2021.