In No Way Home, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will be going against villains from the past Spider-Man films – but let us remind you, he hasn’t faced any of them before. December 17 will see our friendly neighborhood hero Spider-Man facing the likes of Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, and more. These villains are coming from the five Spider-Man films that were released before Marvel bought the rights of the character. In a recent appearance at a promotional event, Marvel Boss Kevin Feige revealed that this decision was actually a pretty simple one.
How Did Sony/Marvel end up building a somewhat shared universe?
In the first two Sony-led franchises, Marvel didn’t have much say, with Sony running most of the game. In the current scenario, Marvel and Sony are working together to make the film, with Tom’s Spidey being a part of the MCU.
“I think if we’ve learned anything over the years, and particularly just the deal between Disney and Sony to do these movies together, that almost anything is possible if enough people believe in it and have a passion for it,” Feige told ScreenRant. “Kicking off with Peter Parker’s identity being revealed at the end of Far From Home immediately set us on a course for things we’d never seen before in a Spider-Man movie. That’s the fun of making movies, is to do things people haven’t seen before, and in the MCU there are ways that lots of amazing things can happen, and that Dr. Strange would be a good conduit to that.”
There are certain films, starting with 2019’s Far From Home where JK Simmons appeared as Jonah J. Jameson of the Daily Bugle – a role he has previously played in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man series although he was absent in the Amazing Spider-Man series.
The idea of a multiverse, however, isn’t new. It came into superhero storytelling in 1961 with “The Flash of Two Worlds” by Carmine Infantino and Garner Fox, but we haven’t seen much of live-action yet until pretty recently in The Flash on CW. For years, it felt like Hollywood will not buy the idea of the multiverse but with the popularity of The Flash and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, this belief got shattered.
After the events of Loki, Endgame, and even What If…?, Marvel’s multiverse seems to be way more open than ever, something that has fans hoping to see Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men in No Way Home, sharing the screen with Tom Holland.
Starring Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Spider-Man: No Way Home will release on December 17.