Tom Holland's Spider-Man 3 has been the major subject of discussion among MCU fans lately due to a wide array of multiverse-fueled speculations. The myriad of theories started when news broke that Jamie Foxx will return as Electro in the threequel. After the report, Foxx confirmed his involvement while also sharing fan art which revolved around a Spider-verse concept, adding fuel that the next adventure of the web-slinger will involve the multiverse.
As expected, fans took to social media to share their excitement about a potential crossover team-up, but it was all speculation at that point. However, that all changed when more internet-stopping news broke, confirming that Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange will appear in a "mentor role" for the third installment of the MCU's Spider-Man franchise.
Additionally, even Vincent D'Onofrio has thrown his hat into the Spider-Man 3 ring, seemingly hinting that he is interested to reprise the role of Wilson Fisk a.k.a. Kingpin if Marvel Studios wants him to. Not only that, a previous rumor suggests that Tom Hardy's Venom could also be in the mix in the Far From Home follow-up.
And now, there has been a string of rumors on social media potentially teasing the involvement of notable actors from the previous Spider-Man franchise from Sony.
Multiple sources have revealed reports that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield could potentially be involved in Tom Holland's Spider-Man 3.
First off, FandomWire shared in a report that Maguire and Garfield "have signed on to reprise their respective Spider-Man roles."
On a separate note, KC Walsh, editor-in-chief of Geeks Worldwide, revealed that the duo have not signed a deal yet, but "[Kevin] Feige is interested:"
They have no signed a deal but Feige is interested— KC “Killer Clown from Space” Walsh - BLM (@TheComixKid) October 13, 2020
Meanwhile, YouTuber Grace Randolph also addressed the Spider-Man 3 rumor by sharing that both actors have been "in talks for a while," also mentioning that no deal "has been signed yet:"
What I’m hearing re #AndrewGarfield & #TobeyMaguire— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) October 13, 2020
As I’ve told u, been in talks for awhile, & now I’m hearing the hold up is Maguire playing hard to get.
My sources say no deal has been signed YET but w/ filming staring this month, deal could be any day... pic.twitter.com/QKgRRGldtX
WHAT THIS MEANS
For starters, it's easy to assume that the plot of Spider-Man 3 could be the MCU's version of the Spider-Verse, especially after the reveal that Doctor Strange will join Peter Parker's next adventure. While fans should take all of these rumors with a huge grain of salt given that this info comes from non-official sources, it's not hard to recognize that Marvel Studios is potentially setting up a full-blown crossover that could have a massive effect on the franchise.
For many fans, seeing Tom Holland's Spider-Man side by side with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's versions of the web-slinger is a dream come true, but it has its own pros and cons. It's true that the idea of seeing the three stars fighting alongside each other is an exciting prospect, but some would agree that it wouldn't make sense for the franchise to jump into a Spider-Verse storyline immediately, especially after the massive reveal at the tail-end of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
It's clear that the multiverse is the next big story concept that the MCU will dive into, and it seems that Spider-Man is next in line to immerse into that narrative. However, this could pose a problem for Spider-Man 3 to focus less on the identity crisis issue that Peter is facing in the threequel, and instead realign the attention to the long list of guest stars that the film will feature.
On the flip side, considering the previous Sony-MCU deal, there's a chance that the reason behind Maguire and Garfield's involvement is that this could be the potential last hurrah for Holland's version in the MCU. This may be true if no new deal will be made to extend Holland's MCU stay. If this is indeed the last film outing for Holland as the web-slinger, it would make sense for Marvel Studios CCO Kevin Feige to bring out the big guns in the form of Maguire and Garfield to cap off an amazing run in the franchise.