Tobey Maguire Reveals Why He Was Nervous About Spider-Man: No Way Home

By Richard Nebens Posted:
Tobey Maguire, Spider-Man: No Way Home

Before joining the cast of the MCU's Spider-Man: No Way Home, original Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire admitted that he had concerns about coming back to the role.

Maguire found his way back into the Spider-Man costume 14 years after his last movie with Sony Pictures, joining Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield for a wild Multiversal ride in Marvel Studios' Phase 4 slate. 

He and Garfield played key supporting roles in the third act as they faced five of their old villains from their solo films, helping give the MCU its biggest movie event since the end of the Infinity Saga.

Having just come back into the Hollywood scene after a few years away, it took some time to hear from Maguire about his experience on No Way Home, although he shared his excitement to join the movie while also noting that he was nervous about what was being planned.

Now, with more than a year having passed since the movie's release, Maguire looked back to that time as he opened up on what gave him a slight bit of concern about coming back to the role.

Tobey Maguire's Nerves on No Way Home

Spider-Man No Way Home, Tobey Maguire

Speaking with Marvel, Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire revealed that he was slightly nervous about reprising his role in the MCU for 2021's Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Even though the actor was "immediately open" to playing Peter Parker again, he noted that it was "not without nerves" regarding what everything would look like upon signing on:

"When they called initially, I was like finally! [Laughs] I got the call and was immediately open about coming to do this. Not without nerves – you know, 'What will this look like and what will the experience be?' But to get to show up with beautiful, talented, creative people and play together? It’s just like, 'Yes!' It’s fun and exciting."

Maguire expressed his love for all three Spider-Man franchises, making it clear that  he would always say yes to doing anything Spidey-related again:

"I love these films and I love all of the different series. If these guys called me and said, 'Would you show up tonight to hang out and goof around?' or 'Would you show up to do this movie or read a scene or do a Spider-Man thing?', it would be a 'yes!' Because why wouldn’t I want to do that?"

He also addressed how it felt to put on the suit again, explaining that it "can definitely be a challenge" to put everything on but that he felt "pretty at home pretty swiftly" once the process of suiting up was finished:

"The suit can definitely be a challenge at time when you’ve got to get into the full thing. But then, once you’re comfortable, there is something fun about it. As an actor, it helps when you get in your costume. You begin to feel it more and embody it more… You start to feel pretty at home pretty swiftly."

Maguire's Love for Spider-Man Pushes Him Past Nerves

Many involved with Spider-Man: No Way Home had concerns about whether the story could actually be brought to life, including leading actor Tom Holland himself, admitting that he felt there was "just no way [it was] going to work."

Looking at Maguire's quotes here, it's no surprise that he had his own worries about how everything would come together, as this was arguably the MCU's most ambitious solo movie to date.

Bringing back two previous Spider-Men and five villains through the Multiverse could have easily felt like fan service, but Maguire and Garfield's presence only helped to boost Tom Holland's MCU story as the MCU expanded its boundaries.

But once past the nerves, it appears that Maguire was all-in on the idea of being part of this once-in-a-lifetime Spider-Man movie, being part of some of the most iconic moments the MCU has ever had.

Now, fans are already wondering if Maguire could be in for another round of MCU madness with everything that's set to come in the Multiverse Saga. Rumors have already noted that Marvel wants him to be part of 2026's Avengers: Secret Wars, and if Maguire has any say in it, it appears that he would be open to donning the Spidey suit once more among dozens of his peers.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now streaming on Starz and is available for purchase wherever movies are sold.

- In This Article: Spider-Man: No Way Home
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.