Tobey Maguire Breaks Silence on Spider-Man: No Way Home Return

By Richard Nebens Updated:
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Spider-Man: No Way Home continues its run as the biggest movie in the world, paying tribute to three generations of the web-slinger’s big-screen history. Tom Holland teamed up with Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire to bring something never thought possible before and set the movie world ablaze; this gave Marvel Studios the definitive hit film of 2021.

With the threequel having released in theaters a few weeks ago, the cast and crew are now openly discussing some of the movie's biggest moments on and off camera.

Both Holland and Garfield have expressed a sense of relief in finally being able to talk about the threequel's secrets, especially with both staying mum on the matter for so long. The MCU's long-standing Spidey star looked back to his time on set with his two predecessors, while Garfield admitted to loving every moment of lying to the public about his inclusion.

With two of the film's three Spideys having shared their experiences, fans were clearly curious about Maguire's experience coming back to the character after more than a decade. Now, those answers are here, as the actor behind Sam Raimi's Spider-Man opened up publicly on the matter for the first time.

Tobey Maguire Breaks His Silence

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Speaking with Deadline alongside co-stars Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield, Spider-Man: No Way Home star Tobey Maguire spoke about his appearance in the movie for the first time.

Maguire detailed the meeting he had with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Sony executive Amy Pascal, in which they asked him to join No Way Home's cast. Maguire was moved by Feige and Pascal's passion for the movie, making him want to be a part of it fairly quickly:

“In that conversation, the intention, the kind of love and celebration of these movies and what it meant I think to Amy and Kevin was apparent, and to me, when artists or, you know, people who are steering the creative process have a kind of authentic, genuine intent of celebration and love, it just was so apparent in both of them, that, I don’t know, I just wanted to join that."

Maguire also admitted to being a fan of both Holland and Garfield in their movies, although he still wasn't sure exactly what was being planned for No Way Home. In the end, the eldest Spider-Man actor loved the opportunity to "join in this loving and creative spirit" that was coming together for the MCU threequel:

“And I’m a big fan of Tom and those movies and Andrew. So, it was definitely intriguing, but yes, I was also going, ‘Well, what are we going to do? And that was a bit mysterious. I did appreciate what was shared, but it was really about getting together with these people and revisiting what was part of my history and getting a chance to come together. There are personal things, too, which are kind of resolutions or a way to revisit... I'm not quite sure how to put it. Just to get to get back into that. I don't want to say close the chapter, but revisit and have certain resolutions and join in this loving and creative spirit.”

The full interview with Maguire, Garfield, and Holland can be watched below:


Maguire's Iconic Return as Peter Parker

Tobey Maguire helped to kick off the Spider-Man-ia by playing the web-slinger in three movies, which started with 2002's Spider-Man from director Sam Raimi. Seeing him return to one of his biggest roles made No Way Home that much more special, particularly since it was his first live-action movie in nearly a decade.

Looking back at the threequel's biggest quotes and moments, Maguire made his mark as his version of Peter Parker served as something of a mentor figure to his two co-stars. This came along with three of the villains he faced in his own solo movies coming back for No Way Home, including two brilliant minds in Norman Osborn and Otto Octavius.

Specifically touching on Maguire's appearance, he made it clear that he wanted his role to mean something as the MCU revisited his extended Spidey legacy.

With his hero being close to 40 years old in the current timeline, Maguire loved the idea of bringing so much of his own history into play as Holland and Garfield's Spideys did the same. He even got a chance to celebrate that history and the film itself, famously sneaking into a screening with Garfield to get the full fan experience.

With fans already clamoring for Sony to make a fourth movie in Maguire's series, there are real questions about whether the actor will return to the red-and-blue suit for another round of web-slinging. Regardless of whether that happens, he seems to have had a great time revisiting something he has so much passion for and getting to bring his hero a bit of closure.

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

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Release Date
December 17, 2021
- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.