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Marvel fans freaked out plenty during their trip to the theaters to see Spider-Man: No Way Home. However, the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie almost featured even more buzzworthy moments. According to the film’s writers, the original script brought back even more characters from the first two Spider-Man film franchises, including Emma Stone and Kirsten Dunst.

[Warning: This article contains spoilers from Spider-Man: No Way Home.]

'Spider-Man: No Way Home' actor Andrew Garfield and actor Emma Stone speak onstage during a panel. Garfield wears a black leather jacket and jeans. Stone wears a black jacket over a tan sweater and jeans.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield | Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ brought back Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield

For months, rumors ran rampant on the internet that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were reprising their roles as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home. And for months, Maguire, Garfield, Tom Holland, and many others involved in the film denied this report. But the truth came out when the MCU movie premiered on Dec. 17.

After Peter — Holland’s character — and Doctor Strange messed up a spell and tore open the multiverse, Maguire and Garfield’s characters appeared on Earth-616. The three Peters then worked together to help their infamous foes and repair the multiverse.

During an interview with Variety, the screenwriters of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna, discussed the movie’s high ambitions.

“We were so excited about these different surprises,” Sommers said. “And then, suddenly, it seems like people had decided [Andrew and Tobey were returning], so maybe some of these surprises wouldn’t be so surprising. That was concerning, but at the same time, the sheer level of speculation and interest was really exciting. That was such great fuel to keep going and give [fans] something that would delight them.”

It’s unfortunate that Maguire and Garfield’s appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home leaked. Regardless, their involvement in the movie is something that fans will be talking about for many years. And, undoubtedly, the scenes between all three Peters will go down as some of the most iconic moments in cinematic history.

The Marvel film’s writers reveal what the original script looked like

In the Variety interview, Sommers and McKenna shared that they originally weren’t sure which previous Spider-Man actors they could get for Spider-Man: No Way Home. So, they wrote all of them into the script. Presumably, among these actors were Emma Stone and Kirsten Dunst, who played Peter Parker’s love interests in the earlier films.

“Let’s write the script that is the kitchen sink, and we’ll just act like we were going to get everything we wish for,” McKenna revealed. “And like Peter’s wish, it became a nightmare, and it required very, very talented people to help us not die at the end.”

He continued, “We went down different roads with different characters that just didn’t fit. We can’t get into the details of that because it might be the kind of thing where they’ll find a way to explore those ideas. So I’d hate to spoil anything because I think we had a lot of fun.”

Even though the Spider-Man: No Way Home writers couldn’t confirm that the original script included Emma Stone and Kirsten Dunst, Sommers did reveal, “The first draft, we bit off more than we could chew. Maybe some would argue that we still bit off more than we can chew.”


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Fans want Sony to make ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’ starring Andrew Garfield

After seeing Spider-Man: No Way Home, many fans expressed their desire to see Andrew Garfield reprise his Spidey role in another solo film. They even made the hashtag “#MakeTASM3” trend on Twitter.

One fan tweeted, “[Garfield] deserves a better script and a third movie.” Another user said, “Please #MakeTASM3! Andrew Garfield loves Spider-Man so much!”

Sony Pictures had plans to make The Amazing Spider-Man 3. But poor reception to the second movie and conflicts between Sony and Marvel put an end to its development. Hopefully, fans will get their wish and see Garfield suit up as Spider-Man again one day.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters.