Back in 2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was released to critical acclaim, cementing its place as one of the greatest animated films of all time. With an impressive voice acting cast including Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry, as well as an incredible story which focuses on Miles Morales having to quickly come to terms with living up to the mantle of Spider-Man, it’s a touching story with a lot of heart.
And now, 2 years later it’s being heavily rumoured that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are in talks to return as their incarnations of Spider-Man alongside the current Spider-Man (Tom Holland) for the third standalone MCU Spider-Man film. It is also heavily rumoured that this third outing will feature the Sinister Six after Sony’s failed attempt at this back in 2014 with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
(What could be?)
I know what you’re thinking, these are only rumours so why get our hopes up and you’re absolutely right, but let’s look at some of the facts as to how these rumours came about.
In the trailer for Sony’s Morbius film, starring Jared Leto as the Living Vampire, we see him at one point in the trailer running past a poster of Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man with the word “Murderer” spray painted on it. This would appear to be an indication that it’s set within the MCU timeline, as (spoiler) Mysterio frames Spider-Man for his death at the end of Far From Home, leaving Spiderman in quite a difficult situation. Also in the Morbius trailer towards the end we see Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture who was the main antagonist of Spider-Man Homecoming.
So we have Vulture, Morbius, Shocker (he was never apprehended by the police in Homecoming), Scorpion (Matt Gargan) who also appears in Homecoming which is 4 out of 6 members already. Mysterio potentially a 5th member (he’s so good at manipulating reality is he really dead?). That would leave only one other spot if this is indeed the path they’re taking. And that 6th spot could go to anyone from Green Goblin to Rhino to Dr Octopus to Kraven the Hunter (which again was rumoured to be the villain for the 3rd film). It’s certainly a lot to take in and discuss in the coming months as we await more concrete details and confirmation. One thing is for sure, if this were to all be true that would one hell of a line up for the film.