What used to feel like a never-ending rumor was finally confirmed when Spider-Man: No Way Home released in theaters last month: both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield returned to reprise their roles as Peter Parker and Spider-Man in Tom Holland’s third Spider-Man outing.
While their inclusion in No Way Home is largely praised and already legendary, the two Spider-Man veterans told Deadline that they believe the film would have been successful even without their returns. Garfield stated:
I watched the movie with Tobey for the first time and I was in pieces. Like, this is a deep movie. This is a movie that is about a coming of age, an acceptance of loss, acceptance of death, taking responsibility for your gifts. I was torn open by the journey that Tom went on; it’s classic Peter Parker, but it felt totally fresh and totally reimagined. It is like, Tom’s origin story was happening in his third movie rather than his first. There’s something so profound. So the film, I feel, stands alone without me and Tobey showing up. I hope we enhance it, but I think [director] Jon Watts and Tom have made this something, actually, that is exceptionally moving, especially for young people, you know? I think it’s a beautiful film.Andrew Garfield
While Maguire noted how grateful he was to be a part of the experience. The actor called it “rich” and “emotional,” while agreeing with Garfield that the film still stands on its own without their inclusion. He explained:
I was just grateful every day. Really, it was such a rich experience and, as the guys have touched on, the kind of sharing of something and the brotherhood of it. It was just so rich, emotional. You know, day to day, it was just a beautiful kind of unfolding of this story and these relationships…And the way those films and characters evolved in those films are unique, and then to bring all of that together, including all of our supervillains and all of that, it was pretty wild to witness the immensity of all of this history coming together and being put into what Andrew was saying is this standalone, worthwhile story.Tobey Maguire
At this point, it is hard to imagine what No Way Home would have been without the boundary-breaking multiversal returns of Maguire’s and Garfield’s characters. We can expect to hear more about the movie and the actors’ roles in it considering Sony is eyeing an Academy Awards nomination for Best Picture for the film.
For now, fans can watch Spider-Man: No Way Home in theaters, where it continues to smash box office expectations on nearly a daily basis.