The release of Spider-Man: No Way Home was shrouded in studio secrecy. Multiple major characters were returning from previous films, including all three live-action Spider-Men, and the information was being kept under heavy wraps. However, despite the studio’s best efforts, rumors about a multiversal team-up taking place in the film were making the rounds almost from day one. This was in huge part because, very early in the production process, Jamie Foxx announced his own return to the franchise as the villain Electro, with an Instagram post that included an image of more than one Spider-Man.
The post was quickly deleted, but the damage was irreparable. Foxx’s social media became ground zero for a storm of theories and Internet whispers that were ultimately mostly correct. Speaking with CinemaBlend about the incident nearly two years later, the actor admits he made a mistake in almost blowing Sony’s cover:
It was crazy. It was like a- it was like a rock concert, when we did that film. And I thought Sony did a fantastic job of mystique. You know what I’m saying? Holding things, keeping things – you know, I kind of almost blew it… But I think they did a great job in doing that, bringing some mystique. And I think that that’s what was needed to get people back in the theater.Jamie Foxx
Foxx also commented on what it was like to see Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire suited up together for the first time. The excitement of the moment almost made the Django Unchained star “blow it” again, until someone else on set put a stop to what could have been the most infamous spoiler in film history:
As soon as I got on the set and there was all three Spider-Mans, I was like this (picks up cell phone). ’Oh, we up in here, baby, ‘bout to go live…’ And somebody just dove on me like I was a fire. I was like, ‘What the hell?’ ‘Shh! No one’s supposed to know.’ ‘Okay, my bad. Okay, we ain’t supposed to know that all three of them are here!’Jamie Foxx
Holland is well-known for his history of spoiling, but it looks like he wasn’t the one Sony should have been worried about. Now that the secret is out, however, fans can experience all the thrilling action again in Spider-Man: No Way Home – The More Fun Stuff Version, an extended cut of the film that hits theaters on September 1st.