Even with more than a year's worth of teases and internet-breaking news before its release, no movie has Marvel fans talking the way they are about Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man: No Way Home. Following up on Peter Parker's identity crisis from Spider-Man: Far From Home would have made for a thrilling outing, but Marvel decided to take things to new levels of insanity by including Doctor Strange, the Multiverse, and so much more.
Following the news that Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina would be joining this movie at the end of 2020, the flood gates burst open with new information coming seemingly every week. While plenty of this news came from reliable sources and only teased cast members or similar announcements, rumors eventually transformed into leaks.
Some of these leaked news releases have teased small details like the origin of Peter's new black suit while others hinted at shocking information about costumes for Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's Spider-Men. The most recent of these leaks even revealed looks at the aforementioned webslingers and more, to which fans have had quite vocal reactions.
Fans React to No Way Home Leaks
Following the reported leaked photos of Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Charlie Cox in Spider-Man: No Way Home, fans took to Twitter to share their opinions on what was shown.
@mgonmovies noted how the furniture in the photo with Charlie Cox matched up with the Parker apartment from the trailer and celebrated that it was possibly a real image:
The Parker apartment furniture and decorations line up perfectly with what we saw in the trailer. It's real. Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock is back pic.twitter.com/K567fFMYoe
@joshijitweets shared a GIF featuring a blooper of Tobey Maguire from 2007's Spider-Man 3 while describing that look as the reaction coming from Maguire fans after the leaks:
@TrilogyFilm couldn't contain his excitement about the chance to see Tom Holland's Peter Parker interacting with Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock:
"If Charlie Cox is actually in Spider-Man: No Way Home then it's automatically a masterpiece, imagine how good the interactions between him and Tom Holland will be"
@SCWKorsgaard joked about Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige asking The John Campea Show's John Campea to leak the photos after seeing the controversy surrounding Eternals' release in theaters:
(Kevin Feige takes one look at the box office for Eternals, low audience scores, and talk that Marvel's run out of gas)
Kevin Feige: Tell John Campea to leak the photos of Spider-Man.
@KnnyBlnknshp reminisced on seeing the original Spider-Man movie from 2002 in theaters while admitting he may "lose it" seeing Tobey Maguire again in Spider-Man: No Way Home:
"Dawg, I'mma lose it when I see my boy tobey maguire in the new Spiderman I remember my mom taking me to see the 2002 spiderman in theaters, I was about nine"
@1STREFORMEDEGO admitted not being able to control themselves if Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man ends up in No Way Home:
"my critical thinking skills are GONE as soon as i see Tobey Maguire bruh idc"
@WrittenByTerry was short and concise with his thoughts, calling the photo leak "unforgivable:"
"Damn, that Spider-Man leak is unforgivable"
@Noah_Banes is nearly convinced that Sony may be faking the leaks of photos like these to build hype and anticipation for the movies considering how frequently they've happened:
"If one more Spider-Man leak drops online, I’m convinced it’s just Sony faking leaks to garner interest. I don’t normally believe these kinds of conspiracies, but it feels like all of the film’s big surprises are all out in the open now."
@ImposterDittoM lamented the lack of a second trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, saying that these leaks wouldn't be happening if the trailer had already released:
"Sony these Spider-Man: No Way Hone leaks wouldn’t happen if you actually gave us a damn trailer.
@BurhanPlays shared a feeling of annoyance after seeing one of their mutual Twitter followers retweet the leak:
"A mutual retweeted Spider-Man No Way Home leaks. Not cool, dude. Muted.
Spidey Leaks Having Their Effect on Fans
Even considering all the news that's already come out regarding Spider-Man: No Way Home's characters and plot, almost no movie in recent memory has dealt with as many leaks as this one has. With each new character and costume that makes its way into a leaked photo, fans have made their voices loud and clear about the way Sony and Marvel are handling security on the movie's plot.
As the wait for the second trailer continues, the next few weeks will be vital in how the movie studios handle the most anticipated film of the year and its promotional tour. With fans waiting to see what new material officially comes from Marvel and Sony, the big question will be if the leaks from these images have any influence on what's officially shown in the next trailer.
Whether Charlie Cox's Daredevil and both previous Spider-Men make their way into this movie is still a mystery, no matter how many leaks have tried to confirm their inclusion. Whatever ends up happening, fans will be paying close attention to how this movie works through the weeks leading up to its theatrical debut.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to release in theaters on December 17, 2021.