‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’: Were Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Edited Out of the New Trailer?

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures made a massive deal out of the premiere of their second trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home. They invited fans to a screening in LA, and it was all anyone could talk about on social media. The hype led people to believe that former Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would appear in the new Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer. But they didn’t. Now, fans believe that the actors may have been edited out of the video.

Andrew Garfield, who may be in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' along with Tobey Maguire, wears a dark gray suit over a black button-up shirt.
Andrew Garfield | Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

The new ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ trailer features villains from Tobey Maguire’s and Andrew Garfield’s films

Even though Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield didn’t outright appear in the new Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, many villains from their Spider-Man films did. Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Electro, Sandman, and Lizard all showed up to the party in the teaser.

Doctor Octopus, played by Alfred Molina, was in Spider-Man 2 with Maguire. Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe, appeared throughout Maguire’s Spider-Man trilogy. Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, was the main villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Garfield. Sandman, initially played by Thomas Haden Church, was in Spider-Man 3 with Maguire. And, lastly, Lizard, originally played by Rhys Ifans, appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man with Garfield.

Many fans believe that these five characters will band together with one other unknown villain to create the Sinister Six. And in the trailer, the villains are fighting Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. However, some sleuthing fans caught a detail in the Spider-Man: No Way Home teaser that may prove a character was edited out.

Fans believe Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were cut out of ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ trailer

Per Total Film, fans noticed a difference between the trailer released by Sony Pictures and the one released in Brazil. When Peter takes on Lizard, Electro, and Sandman, an invisible force punches Lizard in the Brazilian version. But in the video released by Sony Pictures in the United States, Lizard does not recoil at the air.

This alternate version of the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer led fans to believe that either Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield were edited out of that scene. The theory is that Holland’s Peter fights Lizard, Electro, and Sandman alongside Maguire’s Peter and Garfield’s Peter. It would be a three on three fight.

Of course, there is no way to confirm this theory. But, undoubtedly, some editing has been done to this scene. It wouldn’t be the first time Marvel has manipulated one of their trailers to throw off fans.


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Tom Holland insists that the two former Spider-Man actors are not in the film

During an interview with GQ, Tom Holland doubled down on dismissing the rumor that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Holland said, “No one believes me, but they’re not in the film.”

This isn’t the first time Holland has denied the rumors. And he will probably have to continue to talk about them until the film releases. Garfield himself has stated that he is not in the movie. But Marvel fans, as persistent and hopeful as they are, still believe that the two former Spider-Man actors will reprise their roles as Peter Parker in the upcoming film.

Spider-Man: No Way Home, which may or may not star Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, is exclusively in theaters on Dec. 17.