Anticipating for Spider-Man: No Way Home currently sits at an all-time high despite the fact Sony and Marvel have yet to release a trailer for the Tom Holland-led sequel.
Aside from a few casting announcements, the amount of official information regarding Spider-Man's next adventure is extremely minimal. For the most part, months of rumors and speculation have driven anticipation for the sequel close to the level of 2019's Avengers: Endgame.
Tom Holland will reprise his role as Peter Parker while Jacob Batalon and Zendaya will return as his classmates Ned Leeds and MJ respectively. Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange will join Spider-Man in a mentoring role to assist him with a slew of villains from across the multiverse.
Alfred Molina will be returning via the multiverse from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 as his robot-armed villain, Doc Ock. However, the scale of this film doesn't stop there as Jamie Foxx's Electro, Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, and other villains will reportedly hop across timelines to antagonize Holland's Avenger with a multiversal Sinister Six.
Fortunately, it seems as if the MCU's Spider-Man will have plenty of help as Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are both heavily rumored to don their Spidey suits once again. The historic webheads will reportedly be joined by their respective love interests, Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy.
Surprisingly, the rumors don't stop there as Charlie Cox is reportedly reprising his role as Matt Murdock aka Daredevil from his canceled Netflix series. The critically-acclaimed series featured Cox's blind lawyer engaging heroic antics by night while running a small legal firm by day alongside love interest Karen Page and close friend Foggy Nelson.
As No Way Home reshoots get underway, recent images captured in L.A. have shown Karen Page actress Deborah Ann Woll with Kirsten Dunst, leading to speculation the Marvel love interests are involved in the filming.
SPIDER-MAN AND DAREDEVIL STARS SPOTTED AMID RESHOOTS
As Spider-Man: No Way Home reshoots reportedly take place in L.A., Kirsten Dunst, who played Mary Jane Watson in Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man trilogy, has been spotted with Daredevil's Karen actress Deborah Ann Woll.
UPDATE: In response to the images on Twitter, Deborah Ann Woll has said that it's “not [her]” pictured with Dunst. While this seems to shoot down Karen Page's involvement in reshoots, Dunst's presence is still notable.
The actress's decision to acknowledge the images at all instead of ignoring them altogether seems to shoot down hopes of her reprising her Marvel role in No Way Home.
Images captured on July 30 by Celebrities Pictures, posted on Twitter by @DunstUpdates, showcased the Marvel stars together at Hollywood's Sunset Gower Studios:
📸 Kirsten Dunst was seen walking with a friend in the Sunset Gower Studios yesterday (July 30)! pic.twitter.com/LhPBsUe2Sk
Interestingly, The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield is reportedly also in L.A. at the moment (according to Twitter user @driiftyfilm).
While reshoots were previously believed to be underway in Atlanta, some reports have suggested the production has moved to LA.
This is further supported by the recent sighting of Tom Holland in L.A. at The Suicide Squad premiere in images (as shared on Twitter by @driiftyfilm).
The British star usually resides in London when he's not in front of the camera, and his only other currently announced project, Uncharted, wrapped filming months ago.
Similarly, neither Woll, Garfield, nor Dunst currently have any projects in production, indicating they may be involved with the ongoing reshoots for the Spider-Man sequel.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN NO WAY HOME'S RESHOOTS?
Matt Murdock actor Charlie Cox was recently forced to cancel a Texas convention appearance on August 6, 2021 due to scheduling conflicts. Curiously, that date lands just a week after these images of his Daredevil co-star were captured in L.A. Based on this, all signs currently seem to Daredevil playing a key role within the reshoots.
It's been some time since rumblings of Kirsten Dunst's Marvel return were last heard, and the extent of her role in the film is as unclear as ever. With Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man return still unconfirmed, it's hard to determine exactly when in the timeline of his franchise No Way Home could take place.
Previous comments from Alfred Molina suggested his robot-armed villain would be de-aged for his return to closely resemble his Spider-Man 2 look. If Molina is telling the truth, then it's possible the classic couple will be similarly de-aged to place the entire adventure between the second and third installments in Maguire's trilogy.
Assuming Tom Holland, Charlie Cox, Andrew Garfield, Deborah Ann Woll, and Kirsten Dunst are all involved in the reshoots, then it seems as if the additional photography for the sequel will be rather extensive.
With almost the entire cast of No Way Home protagonists seemingly returning for further filming, it's entirely possible Tobey Maguire may also be back in L.A. to film extra scenes for the holiday blockbuster.
The exact reasons for the star-studded reshoots are currently unclear. Sometimes the editing process leads to the director seeking changes to certain scenes or looking to add new ones altogether.
Alternatively, it's possible that some sequences may rely on much of the cast being on set at once, meaning the majority of them had to return when everybody was available.
While Maguire's Peter Parker looks likely to reunite with his classic love interest, Andrew Garfield's Spidey may sadly not receive the same treatment. Emma Stone's Gwen Stacey was killed in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the actress herself recently gave birth, potentially hindering her from joining the production.
As fans anxiously await the first trailer for No Way Home, little tidbits of news such as these ought to help many power through patiently until that glorious day comes.
Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters on December 17, 2021.