Ever since Spider-Man: Far from Home ended on that doozy of a cliffhanger, MCU fans have been waiting in eager anticipation for the third chapter in the adventures of Tom Holland’s Spidey. For a while last year, it looked like another Marvel Studios produced Spider-Man wasn’t even going to happen, due to tensions between Sony and Disney. But luckily, everything worked out in the end.
Here’s everything we know so far, both confirmed and rumored, about the upcoming third Spider-Man MCU film.
What is the title of Marvel Studios’ third Spider-Man film?
After much teasing from the cast, who were throwing out different titles as a gag, Sony has revealed the real title for the third MCU Spidey movie. And yes, the word “home” is in the title. Hitting theaters Christmas, 2021 is Spider-Man: No Way Home. We have a cool logo for the title already and everything. The whole reveal was done via a cute video posted by Sony featuring the young cast.
Tom Holland’s fake title reveal was Spider-Man: Phone Home, by the way. Which only makes is want a Spider-Man/E.T. crossover to actually happen now.
Who is behind the camera?
After helming Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home, Jon Watts is back in the director’s chair for this third chapter of Peter Parker’s adventures. Also coming back are Far from Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Kevin Feige is producing on the Marvel Studios side of things, with Amy Pascal representing Sony.
Filming began for the third Spider-Man film in New York City in October, 2020, before moving on to Atlanta, Georgia. Shooting continues until March of 2021.
Once again, Tom Holland headlines as our resident friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Also coming back from previous installments are Zendaya as Peter’s girlfriend MJ; Jacob Batalan as Peter’s BFF Ned Leeds; Tony Revolori as Spidey super-fan/Peter Parker nemesis Flash Thompson; and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. Also probably returning is J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson.
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Peter Parker will likely stop by the Sanctum Sanctorum this time. Joining the cast in the “mentor role” previously occupied by Tony Stark and Nick Fury is Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange.
Here’s where things get interesting. Officially joining the cast are Jamie Foxx, reprising his role as Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Alfred Molina, reprising his role as Doctor Octopus from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. Yes, both of those roles are from previous and separate continuities. So the question is: are they playing different versions of those characters who exist in the MCU Earth? Or is the Multiverse about to bust open? The appearance of Doctor Strange sure seems to indicate multiversal madness.
As for Vulture and Mysterio, no announcements have been made. But it would not be surprising to see both Michael Keaton return as The Vulture, and Jake Gyllenhaal reprise his Mysterio role. Because then we would only need two other villains to form the cinematic equivalent to the Sinister Six.
The Rumor Mill
This is where things get truly wild. Reports are running rampant that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are both returning as the Spider-Men from their respective films/continuities. Alongside them are said to be Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson (from the Maguire/Raimi movies) and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy (from the Garfield/Marc Webb films). This film may wind up a celebration of the entire 20-year Spider-Man film legacy. Holland has denied these rumors, but we all know how Marvel Studios keeps their cards very close to the chest.
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Just as out-of-left-field are the rumors that Charlie Cox may be reprising his role as Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil from the eponymous Netflix series. Given that Daredevil and Spidey have a long history as allies in the comics, this would make perfect sense. Also, Matt Murdock is a lawyer, and given the way Far from Home ended, Peter might really need one of those right about now.
What is Spider-Man: No Way Home about?
The previous film’s ending had Peter Parker’s identity exposed by Mysterio, who framed him for murder. This, this should be the jumping-off point for the plot. But right now, everything is a mystery. Though smething to do with the Multiverse seems like a good guess in terms of story.
When does Spider-Man: No Way Home come out?
The currently-untitled sequel will release in theaters in the US and the UK on December 17, 2021.
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