Spider-Man: No Way Home might seem like last year’s news, but it’s still very much part of the pop culture conversation. The film's events are pretty monumental after all; bringing together three generations of Spider-Man lore all into one story seems like an impossible task on paper. Villains such as Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin and Jamie Foxx’s Electro got to take the stage once again to try and squash the arachnid they couldn’t the first time around.
It wasn’t only the villains, of course, that made this film an event. Both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield put on the red and blue spandex once more to help Tom Holland’s Peter Parker from falling to rock bottom. It’s safe to say they caught him, and Holland's Peter was all the better for it.
Ever since the movie dropped, fans have been chomping at the bit for more information regarding the three Spider-Men and what their work and interactions on set were like.
While there have been some interviews with both Holland and Garfield, Maguire hasn’t stepped out from the shadows just yet. However, now the film’s director, Jon Watts, has revealed that all three webheads participated in what he equated to a therapy session before cameras rolled.
Three Spider-Men Walk into Therapy
In an interview with Variety, Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts talked about working with three generations of Spider-Men.
Watts exclaimed that he was "surrounded by incredible, award-winning actors every day," and that "everyone was at the top of their game:"
“I was surrounded by incredible, award-winning actors every day. I love working with actors: It’s nice to be talking with people who have thought about the characters and the scenes at least as much as I have. Everyone was at the top of their game.”
The director then revealed that before filming scenes with Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire together, he took them all aside "to talk about the story... and what Spider-Man meant to them." Watts compared it all to "a Spider-Man therapy session:"
“We sat on folding chairs in a circle and went through the script together. I had talked to everyone separately, but to have everyone together to talk about the story, how the pieces fit together and what Spider-Man meant to them — that was exciting for me. We had the only three actors to ever play Spider-Man in a film, and each had been through so much, on and off-screen. It was like a Spider-Man therapy session.”
In the end, Watts touched on how "it was great to take a step back... [and watch] a once-in-a-lifetime event:"
“Because we had done that work ahead of time, when filming that first scene with everyone, it was great to take a step back and see the crew watching, like they were watching the movie. You’re capturing something more than a scene from a movie; you’re watching a once-in-a-lifetime event.”
Spider-Man Gets Some Therapy
To be a fly on the wall of that therapy session; it's certainly something many fans are undoubtedly thinking to themselves. On the other hand, it's crazy to see Sony and Marvel still not releasing any sort of interview with Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire all together.
They haven't made joint appearances post-release yet, but it's hard to believe no BTS is waiting to be released or some pre-recorded conversation with the trio. Maybe Spider-Man: No Way Home will get its own Assembled episode so that fans can see some of these interactions they yearn for.
Tobey Maguire hasn't even come out on his own to discuss the film and his experience, which is something Andrew Garfield has done several times now. Maybe one day fans will hear how the whole occasion was for him.
When it comes to the final product, whatever Jon Watts did to prep the main cast worked wonders. The film became one of the most successful of all time, and many fans claim it to be one of the best comic book movies to date.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is playing in theaters worldwide.