Spider-Man: No Way Home Designer Explains Why Tobey & Andrew's Costumes Look Different

By Russ Milheim Posted:
Spider-Man: No Way Home, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire

Marvel Studios is no stranger to success when it comes to blockbusters, but somehow they keep upping the game. The most recent example, Spider-Man: No Way Home, has become one of the most profitable movies ever to exist. The film sees Tom Holland’s Spider-Man dealing with Multiversal visitors from the past live-action Spidey films, making the entire project a celebration of the last 20 years for the web-slinger.

While names like Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock and Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin were revealed to be part of the party earlier on, it's two other people who truly blew up the excitement: Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire. The two had long been rumored to be a part of the movie, but it was never officially confirmed until the project actually hit the big screens. Many would agree that what fans got to see was worth the wait.

These two actors hadn't donned their famous spandex for years. Maguire’s last outing as Peter Parker was in 2007's Spider-Man 3, while Garfield’s was in 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

With such a long gap between appearances, did anything in their costumes end up changing? Even on a more subtle level?

Re-Creating Classic Spider-Man Suits

Spider-Man: No Way Home, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire

In an interview with Befores and Afters, Spider-Man: No Way Home Visual Effects Designer Kelly Port commented on bringing back the iconic suits of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men.

According to Port, their team “based them in the original suits,” but in the end, there “could be a little bit of variation in them” as they fully appeared on screen:

“Well, we based our digital suits on what our costume department made. And I think for the most part, they based them on the original suits. However, there could be a little bit of variation in them. The fact that Tobey and Andrew came from a slightly later timeline, they’re older, so time has passed, and they’ve lived their lives and probably have changed their suits or augmented them a little bit.”

The Differences in Maguire and Garfield's Suits

If there are differences in Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spidey suits, they’re tough to notice. For all intents and purposes, it felt like audiences had never left the two behind in the first place.

When it comes to what may be different, some fans have noted that the webbing on Maguire’s suit may not be quite as pronounced as it was in his original films. Some have also pointed out how his Spidey eyes seemed whiter than they did in the Raimi films.

For Garfield, his suit doesn't have much to point out in terms of differences. Fans have observed that the blues in his outfit may be darker than in The Amazing Spider-Man 2–but those colors always tended to shift from brighter and darker shades even during the film's marketing.

As great as it was to see the two of them again, hopefully, both get new duds in the future. Audiences are clamoring for more of both Spider-Men, so here’s to hoping Sony is listening. Fingers crossed that the petition for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 pans out, or even the rumored Spider-Gwen project.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is playing in theaters worldwide. 

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Release Date
December 17, 2021
- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.