Spider-Man: No Way Home has been shrouded in secrecy ever since it was announced, but the mysteries are about to be unveiled as it inches closer to its premiere. Directed by Jon Watts, the MCU threequel follows the story of Tom Holland's Peter Parker as he tries to fix Mysterio's bombshell of revealing his identity as Spider-Man to the rest of the world. As a result, Peter seeks the help of Doctor Strange, but a botched spell unleashes the Multiverse to the MCU.
In the months leading to its debut, one of the most talked-about topics was the major cameos that the film will showcase. Speculation started when previous actors from past Spider-Man movies such as Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina were reported to be involved.
The hype continued when rumors of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield appearing in the film emerged online, thus boosting more anticipation for the movie. Charlie Cox's rumored Marvel return as Matt Murdock also made headlines, leaving everyone to believe that No Way Home has a stacked ensemble.
Now, as the movie finally gets released to a select few, it seems that the film lived up to its promise.
Spider-Man: No Way Home Critics Are Hyped About Cameos
The first reactions to Spider-Man: No Way Home have officially arrived, with two of them unveiling what to expect with the film's cameos and surprises.
Binge Watch This confirmed that "there are a number of great cameos" in No Way Home, with the user teasing that "some are unexpected, some aren't":
"For everyone asking, yes, there are a number of great cameos in #SpiderManNoWayHome, but please don't ask us who as we won't spoil it. Some are unexpected, some aren't. Some work better than others, too. Make that what you will."
The Wrap's Drew Taylor admitted that there are "plenty of surprises" even if a dedicated fan has been following every leak and rumor about the film. Taylor also teased that the threequel will be an emotional adventure for the titular hero:
"#SpiderManNoWayHome really is great. Even if you've been following along with every leak, there are plenty of surprises. And the biggest shock is how emotional it ends up being. A movie about owning your shit and growing as a person, spider or otherwise."
Tobey Maguire & Andrew Garfield Confirmed?
Based on these reactions, it looks like No Way Home will live up to the hype, both in its storyline and character count.
It's safe to assume that the rumors surrounding Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are true, especially after the leaked set photos, soundtrack, and now these critics' reactions. This would also fit Tom Holland's previous comment about "three generations coming together" in No Way Home.
Still, the fact that there are unexpected cameos in the threequel is intriguing in its own right. This will fuel more discussion online, ultimately leading to numerous fan theories before the movie's arrival.
Aside from the villains and the heroes, it's possible that No Way Home will also feature supporting characters from previous movies such as Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson, Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy (in a flashback), and the two Aunt Mays played by Sally Fields and Rosemary Harris. Other wild card entries could be James Franco and Dane DeHaan's Harry Osborns.
On the MCU side, there's a chance that Doctor Strange will not be the only hero that will help Peter in his Multiversal mess. Characters like Anthony Mackie's Captain America, Pepper Potts, and Morgan Stark could be showcased in brief cameos to establish the film's connections to the larger MCU.
The film's post-credits scenes could also be used as an avenue for cameos, similar to what Shang-Chi did with Captain Marvel and Bruce Banner.
Whatever the case, No Way Home is shaping up to be a celebration of Marvel's resident web-slinger.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to premiere in theaters on December 17, 2021.