Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has discussed why certain characters didn’t show up in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Now that most of us have seen Spider-Man: No Way Home, it’s fair to think about what could have been. The Spidey threequel was a nostalgia bonanza, bringing together three different generations of Spider-Man mythology in one neat package that was sure to elicit cheers and claps from audiences. Not only did classic villains like Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus return, but we also saw Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield appearing as their respective Peter Parkers, bringing validity to the rumors and leaks prior to the film’s release.
The same batch of “leaks” and internet chatter suggested that Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane Watson and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy would be also returning for the Tom Holland threequel. Both actresses denied their return, just like Andrew Garfield and Marvel President Kevin Feige, so it made sense fans dismissed their negative chatter.
However, when the film arrived last week, Stacy and Mary Jane weren’t found. Though Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: No Way Home is in the running for the most satisfying superhero film of all time, fans can’t help but be disappointed that they never got to see Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst share the screen again. As for an Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone reunion? Well, it would’ve been nice to have seen Spider-Gwen.
In a chat with The New York Times, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige touched upon why neither character appeared in the latest Tom Holland film.
“When people see the movie, they will understand. It’s about the story. It was a big goal for all of us – Amy and Jon [Watts, the movie’s director] and our writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers – that Peter Parker’s senior year in high school didn’t get lost amid the insanity that ensues thanks to his encounter with Doctor Strange. That easily could have happened. And that’s the reason there’s not another 20 people in the movie.”
Here is the synopsis for Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: No Way Home:
“For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.”
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx, with Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire.
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Source: The New York Times