The Spider-Man: No Way Home runtime was already filled to the brim with cool characters and surprise appearances, but it looks like the movie originally had one more trick up its sleeve. A batch of brand new concept art for the wildly successful Spider-Man film has found its way online, and it reveals that Xochitl Gomez’ America Chavez was initially supposed to make a big appearance. The art, from artist Maciej Kuciara, features Chavez surrounded by Tom Holland’s Peter Parker and his friends, in what looks like a potentially pivotal moment in the story.
When Marvel Studios first announced its Phase 4 schedule, No Way Home was set to release after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. A series of delays changed things up and it’s then likely that Chavez was removed from the spider-flick in order to make her debut in the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel. It’s unknown what role she was to play in Spider-Man’s story, but America’s ability to travel between dimensions might have been a good reason to get her involved.
Writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers recently dropped the news that a different character was originally intended to introduce Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield to the MCU. Perhaps America was supposed to appear and help Peter get the other Spider-Men to help him, instead of Ned gaining magical abilities. Also of note, it appears Flash Thompson and Betty Brant were at one point more involved with the action of the story, as they are featured prominently with the other protagonists in the image.