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.
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 continued 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 set to be returning is J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson.
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. Additionally, recent trailers reveal that Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin is returning alongside Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman. The Lizard will also join in the fray, but his actor has not yet been confirmed.
Yes, all of those roles are from previous and separate continuities revealing multiversal madness.
A new image from Spider-Man: No Way Home reveals just how caught in Doc Ock’s clutches our newest Peter Parker is… literally.
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 reprising his Mysterio role. Because it really looks like the MCU is gearing up to create a cinematic equivalent Sinister Six and those two would fit right in.
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.
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. As the first trailer shows, Parker goes to Doctor Strange to ask for a spell to make everyone forget he’s Spider-Man. That spell goes very awry and here comes the Multiverse.
Entertainment Weekly also recently released some first-look images and new tidbits from Tom Holland.
Holland shared the film feels a bit like a finale:
We were all treating [No Way Home] as the end of a franchise, let’s say. I think if we were lucky enough to dive into these characters again, you’d be seeing a very different version. It would no longer be the Homecoming trilogy. We would give it some time and try to build something different and tonally change the films. Whether that happens or not, I don’t know. But we were definitely treating [No Way Home] like it was coming to an end, and it felt like it.
Holland also offered this insight, “When you’re dealing with magic spells and dimensions, it really gets complicated.”
The second trailer for the film really showed off just how complex everything was becoming.
Sounds like No Way Home is going to be one intense movie.
When does Spider-Man: No Way Home come out?
Spider-Man: Far From Home will release in theaters in the US and the UK on December 17, 2021.
Originally published on December 10, 2020.