Spiderman film No Way Home achieved huge box office success when it hit the big screen in December 2021, making more than $760 million dollars domestically. By comparison, another successful Marvel Studio film released the same year, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings made $224 million at the US box office.
The moment that had Spiderman fans cheering was when Peter Parker’s best friend Ned uses Dr. Strange’s sling ring to create portals in an effort to locate Parker. Instead, they are greeted by alternative versions of Peter Parker.
First appears Peter Parker played by Tobey Maguire in the Sam Raimi series film series and then the Parker played by Andrew Garfield in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spiderman film series.
A series of events take place leading to the alternate Spidermen leading villains from each universe to the Statue of Liberty, where they attempt to cure or defeat them. They each then return to their respective universes and Strange must cast a spell to make the world forget Parker to protect the multiverse.
Younger fans of the Spiderman franchise may not be completely familiar with who Tobey Maguire is.
Maguire is an American actor and film producer originally from California. The star began his career in supportive roles in big-name films including This Boys Life, The Ice Storm, Deconstructing Harry, Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas.
He then went on to star in Pleasantville in 1998 and Ride with the Devil a year later. He also had lead roles in The Cider House Rules and Wonder Boys before winning the contract for the Spiderman series.
After the success of the first Spiderman, he continued acting and starred in Spiderman 2 and 3 alongside other films including Seabiscuit, The Good German, Brothers, The Great Gatsby, and Pawn Sacrifice.
Maguire is a vegan and has two children. Outside of acting he has a keen interest in real money poker and has had lessons in the game from poker professional Daniel Negreanu. In the 2000s he took part in the infamous Molly Bloom’s high-stake poker games at The Viper Room alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck.
Following the buzz from the marvel fanbase after seeing Tobey Maguire reprise his role as the iconic hero in No Way Home, rumors have begun to swirl about the possibility of a Spiderman 4 starring Maguire.
A sequel to Maguire’s third appearance as Spiderman had originally been set to be released, however, it was scrapped by Sony and in May 2011 a new series starring Garfield hit the big screen.
Spiderman 4 would have seen Tobey Maguire reprise the role alongside Kristen Dunst, J.K. Simmons, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Anne Hathaway was also set to take up the role of Black Cat.
It is believed that the film was canceled due to the director not being satisfied with how the film was shaping up. He wasn’t happy with the way the script was being written and eventually made an agreement with Sony to put the film on pause permanently.
While Spiderman and Spiderman 2 were both hugely successful domestically and internationally, the third film in the trilogy received very mixed reviews and so there were fears a fourth installment would receive the same fate.
The fourth film would have picked up exactly where Spiderman 3 left off. Peter and Mary Jane would have reconciled their relationship and they would have been trying to deal with the aftermath of Harry Osborn’s death.
Many loved villains in the series would have made another appearance, including Dr. Curt Conors, as well as Shocker, Rhino, Mysterio, and Vulture. It is also rumored that Sony wanted Angelina Jolie to make an appearance and had been looking to secure a contract with the star.
Unfortunately for fans hoping to see Tobey Maguire in Spiderman 4, there are no plans in the works to make this a reality at present. The original director has no interest in reworking the script and bringing it back to life. However, with the multiverse being explored, there is no reason that Tobey Maguire cannot make future appearances as an alternate Spiderman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Maguire has not said anything to rule out any future roles in MCU and so while Spiderman 4 may be history, Maguire as Spiderman may not be.