One No Way Home Trailer Scene May Confirm Multiple Spider-Men

The third (and possibly final) installment of Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man collaboration, Spider-Man: No Way Home, has fans dissecting its every move -- and the film’s latest trailer seems to confirm some of the most contested rumors.

Marvel has kept as many details about the film under wraps as possible, but the return of villains from past Spider-Man films has convinced fans to expect other cameos elsewhere. Although the actors in question have denied their involvement time and again, fans are convinced that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, who each donned the red-and-blue suit before Tom Holland, have a role to play in No Way Home. The rumor has only grown more popular since the release of the film’s new trailer, which may say more through omission than otherwise.

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The trailer offers a glimpse of each new adversary that Peter Parker will have to face. In fact, in one scene, several villains are shown converging on Peter at once -- or at least, converging around Peter. While Jamie Foxx’s Electro, as well as Lizard (played by Rhys Ifans in The Amazing Spider-Man) and Sandman (played by Thomas Haden Church in Sam Raimi’s original trilogy), are all present and ready for a brawl with Spider-Man, only Sandman appears to move in the web-slinger's direction. Electro remains at the top of the frame, whereas Lizard is headed for the bottom left corner.

This strange configuration suggests that Peter has an ally or two going into battle with him, but it’s not overtly obvious to the average viewer. However, another version of the trailer, one released in Brazil, shows an even longer cut of the scene, one where an ally’s absence is even harder to overlook. In this cut of the trailer, Lizard’s head whips around violently, as if struck in the face. Here, it’s a bit clearer that another character was deliberately edited out of the scene -- and fans are sure it’s Garfield’s Spider-Man.

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It’s no surprise that the highly-secretive studio has employed this technique before to manage expectations and limit spoilers. In fact, it’s not even the first time Spider-Man has been hidden from a trailer: Holland's Spider-Man was purposefully edited out of many Captain America: Civil War spots to keep his MCU debut under wraps. Likewise, Avengers: Infinity War trailers placed Bruce Banner’s Hulk in a Wakandan battle scene. In the film’s final cut, the Hulk only makes a brief appearance, leaving Banner to compensate with Stark Tech. This tradition even continued with Endgame, with the omission of Rocket Raccoon from a key scene in the film.

These tweaks may have created a clever distraction the first few times they were used, but they lose their effectiveness as fans grow wise to the technique. What’s more, it only really works when the secret element in question is replaced, such as with Infinity War’s Hulk -- but even that method can give way to disappointment if the bait seems more exciting than what happens in the actual film.

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Replacing the alleged Spider-Men with another hero might have worked in a sense, though there are very few who could convincingly pose as allies to Peter without drawing even more suspicion. Doctor Strange is the only other hero fans know for sure is playing a significant role in No Way Home, and the Sorcerer Supreme seems to have his hands full elsewhere.

It’s even possible, given Garfield’s denial of his involvement in the film, that the omitted hero isn’t a Spider-Man at all. Venom: Let There Be Carnage saw Eddie Brock and his symbiote land in the MCU, signaling a collision with more worlds than just the ones Spider-Man is from. However, an appearance from any established hero will likely remain a secret until No Way Home is released, despite numerous leaks and ever-building speculation.

Overall, it’s a difficult line to walk. Either method only invites suspicion, especially in today’s hyper-speculative world. But whatever Marvel seems to be hiding from fans, No Way Home is sure to feature many jaw-dropping reveals and expand the MCU to ambitious, never-before-seen levels.

To see if Maguire and Garfield make an appearance, Spider-Man: No Way Home arrives in theaters on Dec. 17th. 

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