The Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer arrived last night and what was NOT in the trailer is probably as noteworthy as what is. Yes, we got a great look at the film’s villain, including looks at upgraded Electro, Green Goblin and Doc Ock costumes. What we didn’t see, however, is probably just as big of a story. Notably absent from a trailer that featured the villains from previous big screen iterations of Spidey were the Spideys from those iterations.
Fans were hoping Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire would show up not only in the trailer but, perhaps, in person at the trailer event. Neither of those things happened for either of those actors, unfortunately. Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock didn’t show up either and so it looks like we’ll spend the next month continuing the debate as to whether or not these characters are actually going to appear in the film.
While having that debate, make sure to analyze a ridiculous piece of footage that Sony CHOSE to include in the trailer. In the footage, seen below, Tom Holland’s Spidey jumps into action against 3 villains: Electro, the Lizard and Sandman.
In the U.S. version ,as @owenwithoutfear so deftly points out, bro, it’s clear enough that while Spidey is jumping out, not all the villains are reacting to him. It seems incredibly likely that, in this clip, a couple of other characters may have been edited out to be saved for the film as a “surprise.”
But wait, there’s more. To make matters worse, Sony chose to keep an EXTENDED version of the same scene in an international version of the trailer. In the extended clip, Lizard clearly reacts as if being struck in the face.
Much like we can only infer the presence of a black hole by how it effects the matter around it, we can infer that Lizard just got hit in the mouth. Was it Hawkeye? Was it Ant-Man? It is far more likely that what we see here is a scene in which 3 Spidey villains take on 3 Spider-Men and one of them swings out and punches or kicks Lizard in his newly designed mouth.
Of course the absence of something cannot be considered evidence of something, so fans are going to keep on debating whether or not Garfield and Maguire will show in the film. Fortunately, we don’t have much longer to have to find out for certain.