It's no secret that Spider-Man: No Way Home is one of the hotly anticipated MCU films, mainly because of the barrage of casting rumors that surfaced in the past months. Directed by Jon Watts, the upcoming threequel will see the return of Tom Holland as the titular web-slinger alongside returning favorites such as Zendaya's MJ and Jacob Batalon's Ned Leeds.
Aside from the franchise mainstays, the film is rumored to also feature a stacked ensemble of guest stars. Benedict Cumberbatch will reportedly reprise his role as Doctor Strange while other actors who previously portrayed Spider-Man in the past, namely Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, are heavily rumored to appear in the project as well.
The multiverse-based rumors were amplified even further when Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that No Way Home will connect to the Sorcerer Supreme's next outing, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
While fans are still trying to find out if the rumored additions of Maguire and Garfield are true, a rumor has surfaced that could hint at another returning MCU veteran for the ambitious Spider-Man movie.
JON FAVREAU'S SPIDER-MAN 3 RETURN
Murphy's Multiverse shared in a report that Jon Favreau will return as Happy Hogan for Spider-Man: No Way Home after his last appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The outlet also revealed that full details regarding Favreau's role in the film “remain unknown.”
Andrew Garfield admitted that it's "never say never" for a potential Spider-Man return in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home.'
Andrew Garfield strongly denied the rumor that he is going to appear as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home.'
An official tie-in book for 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' was revealed in an Amazon listing, teasing a "magic" location that will appear in the film.
HAPPY HOGAN'S PIVOTAL ROLE IN TOM HOLLAND'S THREEQUEL
It makes narrative sense for Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan to return in Spider-Man: No Way Home, especially after the current situation of Tom Holland's famous web-slinger.
To recap, the ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home revealed that Peter Parker's secret identity as the friendly neighborhood hero was exposed to the world. This means that Peter was forced into hiding at the end of the MCU sequel, and it's only appropriate for him to first contact Happy about his current situation.
Seeking refuge from Happy before pursuing the help of a powerful sorcerer like Doctor Strange is the plausible option, mainly due to the vast amount of resources that the character has. Given Happy's connection to Tony Stark, it's also possible that he has access to some kind of bunker to keep Peter's friends and Aunt May safe from harm.
On the flip side, there's also a strong chance that Happy will be the one to reach out to Peter first, considering the dangers that the teenage Avenger will be facing.
The first two Spider-Man films in the MCU established a solid friendship between Happy and Peter, and it's good to know that Favreau's reliable character will likely return to wrap up the trilogy. It will be interesting to find out how the pair's dynamic will evolve, but it's safe to say that the bond will be tighter this time around.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to premiere in theaters on December 17, 2021.