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Tom Holland helped to save this movie from cancellation by forcing renegotiations between Sony and Disney. Under the terms of the new deal, not only does Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) still take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but Spider-Man can also appear in future MCU movies, as well as Sony's own Spider-Man franchise.
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Benedict Cumberbatch has admitted to not reading the full script, wanting to surprise himself with the final product.
J.K. Simmons had enjoyed playing J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy, and admitted to being heartbroken that he wouldn't be able to revisit the character in a fourth movie. Naturally, when Marvel approached him to reprise his role in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)'s stinger and this film, he jumped at the chance. Simmons also expressed excitement in adapting Jameson to the modern-day era, describing him more as a media blowhard than a newspaper editor. To make up for the fact that his character was now bald, Simmons insisted on keeping Jameson's cigar and mustache for this film, due to wanting to have some aspects from his portrayal in Sam Raimi's trilogy to carry over in the MCU.
Jamie Foxx and Willem Dafoe were very excited to play their respective villains again. Foxx in particular was pleased that he wasn't going to be blue this time. Alfred Molina, meanwhile, joked that he was only in it for the paycheck before confirming that he liked the story a lot before signing on.
For his appearance in the film, Alfred Molina was digitally de-aged to make him appear as he had in Spider-Man 2 (2004) and his mechanical tentacles were created through CGI, rather than through puppetry like in his first film.
To preserve the secrecy of film's production and to prevent his appearance from being leaked, Willem Dafoe walked around the set with a cloak covering his costume. Tom Holland accidentally bumped into Dafoe while cloaked and this was how the two first met on-set.
According to Zendaya and Tom Holland, Willem Dafoe's portrayal of the Green Goblin in this movie genuinely frightened everyone on-set, making the characters' reactions to the Goblin's appearance in the actual film all the more real.
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Willem Dafoe insisted that he be allowed to participate in the filming of the action sequences and perform as many stunts as possible, as a condition of him reprising the role of Norman Osborn/Green Goblin, believing he could not give a complete performance if the character was filmed separately with CGI and stunt performances.
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Sam Raimi was very happy to see Doctor Octopus in this film's first trailer, praising the character's appearance and tentacle animation while also expressing excitement to see the full film.
Willem Dafoe went to the premiere wearing a green face mask.
MJ works in a restaurant called Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop. It appears in the opening and closing of the movie. This is a real place in Brookyn, NY. However, as the movie was shot in Georgia, the production visited the real location, photographed it, then built a reproduction for the shoot. The real staff in the real Peter Pan's is thrilled they are now part of the MCU.
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This film marks the first MCU trilogy to be directed by the same director: Jon Watts. All previous MCU trilogies, such as Iron Man and Captain America, had only two movies that had consistent directors through their respective trilogies.
Jacob Batalon lost a staggering 102 pounds (46 kg) for his role in this movie, although he's indicated that shedding that weight was also a lifestyle choice.
While on the roof of the school near the beginning of the film, there is some graffiti that says "ditko". Steve Ditko was the co-creator of Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and all five villains in this movie, all with Stan Lee. The "ditko" tag also appears on the side of a F.E.A.S.T. truck parked at Happy's apartment building.
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Tom Holland began filming the movie just two days after finishing his movie Uncharted (2022). No Way Home, however, was released first.
In the scene on the bridge where Doc Ock first appears, a license plate reads "63ASM-3". The Amazing Spider-Man" (vol.1) issue #3, released in 1963, was the first appearance of Doctor Octopus.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) takes place directly after the events of Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019). Meaning that it takes place in Summer-Winter of 2024.
Earlier drafts of the film were very different from the finished product. The script focused on Peter's galactic adventures with a character based in space (probably Skrulls or Captain Marvel, as hinted in the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)). However, that story-line was dropped in favor of setting up Secret Invasion (2023), and a completely new script was written after the new deal between Sony and Disney in 2019, focusing on the multiverse instead.
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When Peter Parker is suiting up on top of the car, there is a taxi cab behind him. The taxi's numbers read 1228. This is a reference to Stan Lee's birthday: December 28, 1922.
On February 23rd, 2021, Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon and Zendaya all posted images from the film along with three different titles on Instagram. Holland's post titled it "Spider-Man: Phone Home". Batalon's post titled it "Spider-Man: Home-Wrecker". Zendaya's post titled it "Spider-Man: Home Slice". All the titles kept the use of the word "home" from the previous movies. The next day, a video with the three actors was released, showing Holland walking out of director Jon Watts' office, thinking he gave them another fake title. As they walk out, the official title was revealed on a whiteboard to be "Spider-Man: No Way Home" along with various mock titles.
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Doctor Octopus' trench coat attire, while still far more grounded than his depictions in the mainstream Marvel Universe, is slightly adjusted from its appearance in Spider-Man 2 (2004) to look closer to the colors the character wears in the pages of Ultimate Spider-Man.
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The first trailer has become the most watched movie trailer, with 355,500,000 global views in its first 24 hours. This surpassed the previous record-holder; Avengers: Endgame (2019), which accrued 289,000,000 views.
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At 148 minutes, Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) is currently the longest Spider-Man movie, beating out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), which ran for 141 minutes.
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The shot of the highway has a sign saying that traffic is leading to George Washington Bridge, best known in Spider-Man lore for being where Gwen Stacy was killed in the comics. Meanwhile, the highway itself is shown to be near the Queensboro Bridge, also known as the bridge that Green Goblin dropped Mary Jane from Spider-Man (2002).
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Tom Holland's little brother, Harry, was supposed to have a cameo as a drug dealer in the film, as he did in the film, Cherry (2021). But shortly before the film was released, Holland revealed in an interview that the scene had been cut.
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The film became Sony's highest-grossing film in history. Earned $1.6 billion in its first 11 days at the box office.
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On August 24, when the teaser trailer was released, Director Jon Watts made an Instagram post displaying the trailer in the same 'phone inception style' shown in the leaked version. He captioned this post "The way the director intended," joking at the fact that it was leaked the day before.
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The address of the Sanctum Sanctorum in Doctor Strange is 177A Bleecker Street. In Spider-Man 2 (2004), the pizza place where Peter, portrayed by Tobey Maguire, is fired from is located at 233 Bleecker Street, less than a block away. (Edited as the teamwork question was raised. Tobey's Spidey earth and Andrew's Spidey earth don't have Avengers stands to reason that there is no Sorcerer Supreme in their universes, although Jameson does mention Dr. Strange in Spider-Man 2 (2004).
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In the lead up to this film, The Daily Bugle created a TikTok account, with Betty Brant running it.
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Tickets went on sale at midnight on November 29, 2021, with several ticket websites such as Fandango, AMC Theatres, and Regal Cinemas almost immediately crashing due to the influx of users attempting to purchase tickets. This also happened when Avengers: Endgame (2019) ticket sales opened in April 2019.
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The film was originally scheduled for release on July 16th, 2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic its release date was delayed (on April 24th, 2020) to November 5, 2021, placing it on the original release date for the Disney-distributed MCU film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022). Three months later (on July 23rd, 2020), it was delayed a second time: to December 17th, 2021. The new Doctor Strange film was forced to undergo rewrites and reshoots in order to realign continuity with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it was originally intended to be released prior to this film.
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It's the 27th film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, originally meant to be the 28th in the series.
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The first film in almost two years, and the first film of the COVID-era, to earn more than $100 million on its opening weekend at the domestic box office.
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When Electro attains maximum power, a clearly defined star-shaped burst of yellow electricity briefly forms around his head a few times in the film. This is an homage to the iconic design of Electro from the comic books, who wears a yellow, star-shaped lightning bolt mask.
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Flash Thompson's book is titled "Flashpoint," which is a funny dig at long-time Marvel's counterpart DC, as they have a famous comic book storyline of the same name, centered around the character The Flash. A similar dig was seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) in which Flash answers a question in class and the teacher says "Just because you're fast doesn't mean you're right."
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The post credits gives a huge compliment to Avi Arad: "The filmmakers wanted to pay tribute to the original true believer, Avi Arad, whose vision led these iconic characters to the screen." Arad continues to be credited in Sony and Marvel Studios' Tom Holland Spider-Man films, along with Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994), although his creative input is unknown.
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Both "Responsibility" and "Promises", the key leitmotifs of the two previous iterations of the Spider-Man film franchise, appear together before leading into the MCU's theme for the character.
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This is Willem Dafoe's fourth time portraying Norman Osborn/Green Goblin, after the Sam Raimi Trilogy (2002 - 2007). Although his appearances in Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Spider-Man 3 (2007) were only cameos.
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As shown on a TV, only 33% of people approved of the Captain America Statue of Liberty renovation.
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J.K. Simmons' J. Jonah Jameson depiction in this movie is akin to controversial media figure Alex Jones. Jameson is seen offering nutritional supplements on camera after presenting an editorial line, just as Jones usually does in his personal channel.
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On August 22, 2021, the trailer for the movie (or some version of it) was reportedly leaked online primarily on TikTok. Massive tweets and memes surfaced online in the wake of the leak. Various copies of the trailer have been removed by Sony Pictures on copyright grounds. Tom Holland himself appeared to address the leak with a simple but to-the-point message on his Instagram Story: "You ain't ready."
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This was the first MCU Phase 4 film set to be shown in China. Previous Phase 4 theatrical entries Black Widow (2021), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) and Eternals (2021) were denied a release in that country. However, the film's Chinese release dates were removed from schedule due to recent political unrests with the U.S.
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Before the highway brawl starts, Peter is seen dressed in a similar suit to the one that Tobey Maguire's Peter wore in Spider-Man 3 (2007) during his date with Mary Jane and his subsequent fight against Harry Osborn.
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Actress, Lexi Rabe, who played Morgan Stark in Avengers: Endgame (2019), reportedly had a small role in the film but was cut in the final production, as the producers thought that the film already had too many characters, while Sony was actively trying to keep Spider-Man free of a Stark influence.
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The place where Aunt May works which is at the F.E.A.S.T. Community Center is actually a reference to her comic book counterpart. The F.E.A.S.T. Center originally first appeared in the comics during the "Brand New Day" event, the follow-up to "One More Day".
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According to VFX Supervisor Kelly Port, there are only 80 shots that don't have any visual effects in the entire film.
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Ned's laptop has a sticker of the "This is Fine" Dog. It's taken from a 2013 webcomic called "On Fire" by KC Green.
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Tom Holland invited a kid named Bridger Walker on the set after hearing about him saving his little sister from a dog attack.
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At the time of this film's release, Jon Favreau is the only actor featured from the first MCU film (Iron Man 2008) and the only one along with Scarlett Johansonn and Mark Ruffalo to be featured in all four phases of the MCU.
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The acronym F.E.A.S.T., the organization Aunt May works for, stands for Food, Emergency Aid, Shelter & Training.
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It was revealed at the film's premiere that Tom Holland and Zendaya had started dating. This means that all three Spider-Man actors have dated their female co-stars as Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone all had been romantically involved.
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The film revolving around the multiverse was meant to be a closely guarded secret, but listings for some tie-in toys that used phrases like "Blast your way into another universe" and "potentially multiversal consequences" made their way onto retail sites a few weeks before the first trailer was released.
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Four weeks after its release the film surpassed Titanic (1997)'s $659.3 million domestic box office with more than $668 million in ticket sales.
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Sony reported that on Christmas Day 2021, the film will become the first $1 billion-grossing movie of the pandemic at the global box office.
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When Stephen Strange and Spider-Man are in the mirror dimension, the World Trade Center Twin Towers can be seen upside down momentarily.
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Coincidentally, the film will be released on the tenth anniversary of the canceled Spider-Man 4. Spider-Man 4 was scheduled for a 2011 release.
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When the film was released on Blu-ray, no deleted scenes were added despite being promised by Sony. As such, this film became the first MCU movie where no deleted scenes were released with the home media release.
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During the scene where Peter seeks out the MIT Vice-Chancellor to help MJ and Ned get into college and is running to find her car on the highway, his suit is wrinkled. It was Tom Holland's idea for Peter's suit to be wrinkled underneath his Iron Spider suit.
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This is the first major Hollywood production to have been released in 2021 that started filming during the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions. The cast and crew had to observe all COVID-19 guidelines, and submit to regular testing. All the major Hollywood movies released in 2021 before this film, were filmed before the COVID pandemic, and their releases were significantly delayed until movie theaters were allowed to re-open in the second half of 2021.
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This marks Alfred Molina's return as Dr. Otto Octavius aka Doctor Octopus for the first time in 17 years, since Spider-Man 2 (2004).
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Tom Holland felt Strange was not a mentor to Parker unlike Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark in Spider-Man Homecoming (2017) but instead saw them as colleagues and noted that their relationship breaks down throughout the course of the film. Benedict Cumberbatch felt there was a close relationship between Strange and Parker because both are neighborhood superheroes with a shared history. Co-writer Chris McKenna described Strange as the voice of reason in the film.
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While setting up in the undercroft beneath Dr. Strange's house, MJ finds a box for a "goatee template". Presumably, this is how Dr. Strange gets his facial hair perfectly trimmed.
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The name "McFarlane" can be seen tagged on the side of a subway platform, a reference to comic book writer/artist Todd McFarlane who co-created Venom.
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In May 2020, Sony entered a promotional partnership with Hyundai Motor Group to showcase their new models and technologies in the film. Hyundai released a commercial in November 2021, titled "Only Way Home", promoting the film and the Ioniq 5 electric-powered SUV, starring Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon, with Jon Watts directing. The Ioniq 5 and Hyundai Tucson are featured in the film.
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Flash Thompson says the quote "cool, cool, cool" like Community (2009)'s Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi). No Way Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers not only produced all the Community (2009) episodes, but they wrote 10 of them.
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Immediately prior to the beginning of filming, several other key actors in the film had yet to sign on. According to Tom Holland, the film needed "all or none" of the actors in order for the film to be produced.
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This is the 48th film to gross $1 billion worldwide, and the first film to do so since Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019) and the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Eleven different visual effects companies provided the visual effects for this film. They are Digital Domain, Cinesite, Framestore, Luma Pictures, Folks VFX, Crafty Apes VFX, SSVFX, Mr. X, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies VFX, and Stereo D.
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Throughout the film, Peter is seen with Star Wars-themed LEGO pieces. Jon Favreau, who portrays Happy Hogan, is one of the creators and producers of The Mandalorian (2019), a Star Wars spin-off television show.
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While details weren't elaborated, it is reported that Tom Holland fought for elements in the ending to be included in the final product.
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Thanks to their song, "The Magic Number", being used in the end credits, De La Soul regained a huge amount of recognition from this film.
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In August 2021, Sony and CJ 4DPlex announced a deal to release 15 of Sony's films over three years in the ScreenX format, including Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).
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Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) had its world premiere at Fox Village Theater in Los Angeles on December 13, 2021.
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One of the film's working titles was "Serenity Now".
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Tom Holland stated that Peter feels defeated and insecure in this film, and was excited to explore the darker side of the character. The adjustment back to portraying Peter Parker including raising his voice pitch and returning to the mindset of a "naive charming teenager" was strange for Holland after taking on more mature roles such as in Cherry (2021).
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The opening of this film features a version of the Marvel Studios Fanfare played on solo timpani. This fanfare first appeared in Doctor Strange (2016) and is composed by Michael Giacchino, who is also the composer for this and the first two MCU Spider-Man movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019).
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In its first weekend, the film became the highest-grossing film of 2021.
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The film was shot over a period of two months.
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In late Summer 2022, the film will have an extended cut theatrical release to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Spider-Man.
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The film is the fourth film to earn $1 billion worldwide without being released in China. The first three films are Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), and Joker (2019), respectively. The film that follows this film is Top Gun: Maverick (2022), making it the fifth film.
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A few weeks before the film's release, the visual effects were still being worked on and getting the finishing touches.
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The film is the fifth Marvel Movie released in 2021. The first four films are Black Widow (2021), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Eternals (2021), and Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021), respectively.
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In total, the film has 2,500 VFX shots, most of which are the action sequences.
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Some people wondered if the film would be shown in China. It was stated that in order for the film to be released in China, the scenes concerning Dr. Strange and magic had to be removed. Furthermore, China supposedly wanted the latter half of the film to take place solely on the Statue of Liberty. Sony refused, hence, the film was banned in the country.
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The film's budget was $200 million.
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The original cinematographer was Seamus McGarvey but he had to quit the production after testing positive for Covid-19. He was replaced by Mauro Fiore.
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The film is the fifteenth Marvel Movie to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The film follows Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), respectively. As of 2020, Spider-Man 2 (2004) is the only Marvel Movie to win the award.
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This film is the second Disney-distributed film that referenced a Time Warner-owned Hanna Barbera property franchise. In this film, Doctor Strange says, "Scooby-Doo this shit!", which is an obvious reference to the Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) franchise. The first film is in Incredibles 2 (2018). In the former film, there was a scene where the Parr children were watching television. At one point, the television shows Jonny Quest (1964), another Hanna Barbera franchise. Although, the main distributor of this film was Sony/Columbia with a few countries having different distribution. There were no places where Disney or Disney affiliates were involved in distribution.
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This film surpassed The Dark Knight (2008)'s $534.8 million domestic box office with over $800 million as of April 2022.
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The look of fear on Paula Newsome's face when her character is trapped in a car and hanging off a bridge was very real. The actress found herself in a real-life rig hanging in mid-air.
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The first of the Tom Holland Spider-Man movies to receive an Academy Award nomination (like the first two Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies, it was in the Best Visual Effects categories).
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The film is the third comic book film to earn $1 billion worldwide without being released in China. The first two films are The Dark Knight (2008) and Joker (2019), respectively.
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First MCU's trilogy to be premiered with a regular period (two years) between each other. Iron Man's trilogy broke their regular period of two years in the third part (Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010) and Iron Man 3 (2013)) as well as Captain America's trilogy broke their regular period of three years in the third part (Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Captain America: Civil War (2016)).
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Reportedly, the film had boosted and improved IMAX's numbers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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In a scene where Aunt May is driving a F.E.A.S.T. truck, a "Ditko" graffiti can be seen on the side of the truck. Steve Ditko is the co-creator of Spider-Man.
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The film is the first Marvel Movie ever to earn $1 billion worldwide without being released in China.
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Immediately after filming his scenes for this film in Atlanta, Benedict Cumberbatch returned to London to make Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).
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One of the film's working titles was "The November Project".
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The film is the third film released in 2021 that starred Tom Holland. The first two 2021 films starring Holland are Chaos Walking (2021) and Cherry (2021), respectively.
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This film obviously takes place in a universe different from our own. Regardless of the Captain America Shield, our Statue of Liberty is of oxidized copper whereas the statue in the film is of shiny metallic copper.
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This film is the second film in which Marisa Tomei and Alfred Molina have co-starred. The first film is The Perez Family (1995).
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This required Tom Holland to bulk up after having played a heroin addict in Cherry (2021).
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Reunites Jon Favreau and Rhys Ifans, who played teammates in The Replacements (2000), though the two don't share any scenes this time around.
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Flash Thompson is the only one with a try-hard portrait in Peter's high school yearbook.
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When Spider-Man was first introduced into the MCU in Captain America: Civil War, it was wrongly assumed that he was without his spider-sense, despite him actively using it in his fight with Falcon and Winter Soldier. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, he's shown struggling with the ability due the chaotic mental state he's in at the time. In this movie, Peter has mastered his spider sense to such a level, that he is able to detect a personality change in another person. This is shown in the scene where he's trying to 'cure' the villains, Norman internally switches personalities but changes nothing externally about himself, and Peter is able to sense that danger is approaching.
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When Spider-man and Doctor Octopus first meet, Doctor Octopus throws a car at Spider-man with the license plate ASM63-3. This sequence of letter sand numbers translates to "ASM #3, 1963" or "Amazing Spider-man #3, 1963" - the very first appearance of Dr. Octopus in the Spider-man comic books.
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This is the second film released in 2021 that starred Zendaya. The first film is Dune (2021).
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The fourth comic book film set on or around Christmas, after Batman Returns (1992), Iron Man 3 (2013), and Shazam! (2019).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

As in the original Spider-Man movie, Willem Dafoe once again wore prosthetic teeth as Norman Osborn and his real teeth were shown for the Green Goblin persona.
The final scene of the movie shows Tom Holland's Spider-Man swinging out of his apartment. He is wearing a brand new suit which seems to be inspired by the previous two Spider-Man suits which he saw on Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield during this movie. It appears that he uses Maguire's Spider-emblem and Garfield's vibrant color scheme and design. The suit also resembles the Earth-616 comic book costume.
Towards the end of the movie, when Peter goes to visit MJ in the diner to read his prepared speech to her, MJ is wearing the necklace Peter gave her in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019).
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When Doctor Strange smacks Peter's astral form out of his body, it can be seen that Peter's head has transparent versions of the classic wavy Spider-Sense lines.
In the end when Tom Holland's Spider-Man bids farewell to Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's incarnations, he hugs the two of them before taking off, pleading how grateful he is to have gotten the opportunity to get this kind of help from other Spider-Men. This scene was actually improvised by Holland.
One month after the premiere, Andrew Garfield gave an interview to Entertainment Tonight, where for the first time he openly talks about being a part of this movie. He revealed he was desperate to see people react to his and Tobey Maguire's return for their Spider-Man roles. He and Maguire went to watch the movie on opening night, unbeknown to everyone. Garfield described the audience's reactions as "unrealistic" and "absolutely fantastic". He also expressed interest in returning for his part as Peter Parker.
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After encountering characters from the multiverse, Ned wonders if there is another "Ned" out there. In the comics, Ned Leeds is a Daily Bugle reporter who is brainwashed into becoming the Hobgoblin.
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According to screenwriter Chris McKenna, both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire were on board before they had read any of the scripts. McKenna stated, "They knew the idea, they trusted everyone."
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Writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers revealed in an interview that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield became de facto creative consultants for the script, specifically what kind of roles their respective Spider-Men play in the film and what should be known about the lives their characters had after the conclusions of their original film series.
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The Statue of Liberty wielding Captain America's Shield where the final battle took place, is the "new and improved Statue of Liberty" Yelena Belova wants to visit in New York on Hawkeye (2021).
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Wong is now Sorcerer Supreme because Dr. Strange was snapped out of existence and gone for five years. In the script for Avengers: Endgame (2019), Wong was mentioned to have been snapped away as well, but since this was never mentioned on screen, it was apparently changed for Spiderman: No Way Home. This is the first time this has been outright explained, though it does cause the ending and mid-credits of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) (where Wong is Kamar-Taj' contact person rather than Strange) to make a little more sense. He appears to take this job very seriously except when he's off doing karaoke with the cast of Shang-Chi.
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The idea of Norman having bouts of amnesia to completely separate himself from his Goblin identity is something that goes back to some of the earliest Green Goblin stories, and was also a frequent device on animated series like Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981).
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Tobey Maguire was 45 years old when he filmed his scenes, making him the oldest actor to play Spider-Man/Peter Parker in a live action movie.
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Months before the film's release, footage of Andrew Garfield on set was leaked. It contained no audio and showed Garfield in Spider-Man costume, leaning on a railing and mouthing a sentence. The footage led to a heavy debate on the internet whether the footage was real or deepfaked. The footage later turned out to be real, and takes place when the three Spider-Men are discussing Maguire's web fluid being natural. The moment that leaked online was when Garfield's Spider-Man asked "Do you ever get web block?"
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When locked inside Doctor Strange's chamber, Norman tells Peter, "You know, I'm something of a scientist myself" to offer his help. This is a reference to a memorable line from Norman's first scene in the original Spider-Man (2002), that has since become a famous meme, which he says to Tobey Maguire's Peter.
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At the end of the film, Tom Holland's Peter Parker is seen wearing a brand new suit. It is suggested it no longer contains any functions from Stark Industries since Peter Parker is forgotten by everyone and would no longer have access to it, especially since he has lost his connection with Happy Hogan.
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The phrase "With great power comes great responsibility" has become strongly associated with Spider-Man's origins thanks to Sam Raimi's well adapted origin film based around this theme. However, Aunt May's similar line in this film is not a variation or deviation of the original phrase, or of Raimi's version. Rather, Raimi's version is the variation. May's line: "With great power there must also come great responsibility" is actually the original phrase printed in the very first Spider-Man comic issue. Similarly, fans may assume that having Aunt May speak this line is a deviation of the original canon where Uncle Ben is presumed to utter the phrase. However, in the original Spider-Man comic the phrase was not said by Uncle Ben or any character at all, rather it was part of the narrator's closing commentary of the first comic book issue.
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Andrew Garfield stated he made the pitch to include the scene of his Spider-Man rescuing M.J. from falling as catharsis for when he was unable to save Gwen Stacey in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).
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The Green Goblin mockingly delivers a speech to Peter about the nature of choice, much like he did to the Peter Parker of his own universe in Spider-Man. He also warns Peter "no good deed goes unpunished", which is essentially the message of his "in spite of everything you've done..." lecture to his universe's Spidey.
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When Sandman turns back into his human form, the footage seen is reused footage of Thomas Haden Church from Spider-Man 3 (2007).
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Fans have speculated as to whether Jacob Batalon's portrayal of Ned Leeds will take up the Hobgoblin mantle in future MCU movies as he does in the original comics. This is either foreshadowed or referenced in a moment played for laughs when, after hearing how the Sam Raimi Spider-Man's best friend became a Goblin villain and died trying to kill him, Ned promises his Peter that he won't do the same.
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During the final sequence, when multiple tears appear in the fabric of reality, several other classic enemies of Spider-Man can be seen waiting to enter the MCU dimension. Among them are Rhino, Kraven the Hunter, Scorpion, Mysterio, Superior Spider-Man, and Black Cat (all rumored to make future appearances in the Sonyverse).
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The Lego Minifigure Peter unpacks in his new apartment is the same Emperor Palpatine figure Ned greets him with at the beginning of Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
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The line "I love you guys" that Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker says to the others Peter Parker Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland was improvised by Garfield.
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In the scene where Peter (Tom Holland) walks up the stairway of his school, a mural of famous scientists can be seen. Besides real-life ones, there are also MCU scientists Howard Stark (John Slattery), Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci), and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).
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Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man tells of a dark period of his life when he stopped pulling his punches. This is the first onscreen reference to a technique Spider-Man uses in the comic books to not use excessive force on normal humans due to his super-human strength.
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After the trailer's release, a rumor arose that Charlie Cox was returning as Daredevil in the film, reprising his role from the now-defunct Marvel Television-produced Netflix show. However, these rumors were first debunked by Cox himself, and later by the IMAX trailer of the film. However, Marvel Studios chairman Kevin Feige would later confirm that Cox was indeed returning as Daredevil in the MCU, but his debut would have to be seen at the time. Cox was later seen as Murdock in this film, who works as Peter's lawyer.
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When meeting MCU-Peter after May's death, the Webb-Verse Peter confesses that he became bitter and disillusioned with his life as Spider-Man, and doesn't want his younger counterpart to go down the same path. In interviews following the cancellation of The Amazing Spider-Man series, Andrew Garfield frequently expressed sadness and disappointment with how he and those films were treated by the studio, and hoped that Tom Holland would not have to endure the same negative experience with his own films. When Webb-Verse Peter bemoans that his counterparts have had much more interesting exploits than he has, Raimi-Verse Peter assures him he's still more than worthy of the mantle, with the subtext that while The Amazing Spider-Man movies aren't as revered as the iterations that sandwich it, Andrew Garfield is still part of the fraternity nevertheless and is treated as such.
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The reason Tom Hardy's Venom is pulled into the Verse is actually explained in the end credits of Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021). Just before he's pulled in, Venom tells Eddie that the symbioids share a hive mind across universes. Meaning Multiverses as well, therefore Venom knew Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker because Topher Grace's Venom did. He remembered being Spider-Man's suit in that universe. This could also explain why Grace's Venom was not pulled in as the spell "grabbed" a different version of the same symbiote.
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The Green Goblin's mask, a detail that some fans have considered silly or unnecessary, is destroyed by Osborn, and his outfit (which incorporates a shredded purple hoodie over his armor) also makes him look more like his comics counterpart.
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When MJ falls off the side of the construction balconies, Peter dives to try to save her, but is pushed out of the way by the Green Goblin, which then prompts Peter 3 (Andrew Garfield) to dive down to save her. After safely setting her down on the ground, he asks her if she's all right, but then he starts to cry, which prompts MJ to ask him the same. This is an obvious nod to his failed attempt to save Gwen Stacy under similar circumstances in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), so it could be said that he finally found some redemption by saving MJ in this movie.
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The robotic arm in Happy's condo is actually DUM-E, one half of Tony Stark's 'helper' arms (the other being 'U').
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The T-shirt Peter puts on once he and MJ get back to his apartment ("I Survived My Trip to NYC"), is the T-shirt he wore back home after Tony Stark took back the Spidersuit after the near-disaster on the Staten Island ferry in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
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On 17 April 2021, Alfred Molina who played Otto Octavius in Spider-Man 2 (2004), confirmed that he is returning for this movie to play the villain again after 17 years. He also elaborated as to how exactly his character is alive in this movie. In Spider-Man 2 (2004) he died of drowning after stopping the fusion reaction, but according to Molina, his character will somehow move into the multiverse right before he was supposed to die in Spider-Man 2 (2004), meaning he's still alive. In this movie, Octavious explains that he was holding his Spider-Man by the throat before transporting into the MCU - that moment was only about a minute before he turned heroic in his own movie and willingly drowned himself to stop his machine.
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MCU (film) debut of Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil (Charlie Cox). He works as Peter's lawyer in this film. It marks the second appearance of a character from a Marvel Netflix series to appear in an MCU canon production. The first was Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin appearing in Hawkeye (2021).
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Doctor Octopus' arrival is punctuated with the return of his theme from Spider-Man 2 (2004).
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Both Rhys Ifans and Thomas Haden Church reprise their roles through voice acting only. Neither actor was available for filming. Their characters, Dr. Curt Connors/Lizard and Flint Marko/Sandman, respectively, are represented throughout the film through CGI. This is why their characters don't appear in human form until the end of the film. Stock footage of Ifans and Church from their previous films is used for these brief scenes.
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The epitaph on Aunt May's headstone says: "When you help someone, you help everyone." It's the same quote seen in Aunt May's grave from PS4's Spider-Man (2018) videogame.
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During production research for this film it was discovered by Sony that the digital rendition data of Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) made for Spider-Man 2 (2004) no longer existed. This was significant as Sony intended to use this as a template for CGI work involving the character. This resulted in the animators having to start from scratch. As Molina had aged noticeably in the 17 years since Spider-Man 2, they had to digitally de-age him in more shots than they had planned as they were hoping to be able to re-use the digital rendition to save time in several of the medium & long shot scenes.
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It's not clear what happens to the Arc Reactor after Otto Octavius takes it from Dillon. It is last seen with him before talking with Tobey Maguire's Spider-man. It's a possibility that Octavius took it to his reality, fulfilling his dream of having "the power of the sun in the palm of my hands."
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When Max Dillon/Electro enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe and assumes his "butt-ass nekkid" human form, Spider-Man has to grab the closest clothes he can find to cover Max before transporting him to the Sanctum Sanctorum. Those clothes happen to be a high-visibility jacket and work pants from a nearby power station. This is a reference to comics, where Max Dillon originally worked as a line-worker before he was struck by lightning, turning him into the supervillain, Electro.
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When Green Goblin fires spinning blades at the Spider-Men, all three of them jump and flip in a manner reminiscent of Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man when he evaded the same weaponry in Spider-Man (2002).
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MJ is mobbed by the Big Apple's curious public, and Spider-Man swings in to save the day. As the pair hurtle through the skyscrapers, the audience catches a glimpse of a Hawkeye (2021) Easter egg: a digital billboard for Rogers: The Musical. In Hawkeye: Never Meet Your Heroes (2021) it can be seen Clint Barton head to Broadway to watch a musical recreation of the events of the first Avengers movie, aptly titled, "Rogers: The Musical".
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Due to an expedited production schedule and the nature of the movie bringing back certain cast members who hadn't played their respective characters in years, some of the cast were not signed on when filming began (with Tobey Maguire, believed to be one of the last of the major players to sign on), which affected the continuity of certain scenes and when certain characters could first appear in the story. The third act was also heavily rewritten during production for this reason and others, with later reshoots being done to help smooth things over.
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Just before Doctor Strange chases Peter into the Mirror Dimension, he runs past a newsstand selling copies of People magazine. The current issue features an exclusive interview with Liz Toomes, who was Peter's love interest in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) (played by Laura Harrier), commenting on Peter's outing and calling him a liar.
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Spider-Man (2002)'s theme by Danny Elfman plays prior to Tobey Maguire giving Tom Holland a pep talk on the roof, when Sandman is cured & returns to his human form & when Doc Ock sees Peter again on the Statue of Liberty. James Horner's theme for Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man is also sprinkled throughout the movie.
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There is a scene in which Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker tells Andrew Garfield's Peter that he is "Amazing" before the final fight. This is a nod to Garfield period of starring in The Amazing Spider-Man movies, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).
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After leaving MJ and Ned and starting his brand new life, Peter makes an entrance into his new rented apartment. The room shape and ambiance are very similar to Peter Parker's apartment in the Tobey Maguire/Sam Raimi universe. You can also hear the landlord talk about the rent, which is probably a humorous reference to Mr. Ditkovitch (Elya Baskin), Peter's landlord from Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007) who would always be harassing him for the rent.
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The shot of Norman running away after smashing his Goblin mask and is lying shattered next to a dumpster, mirrors the shot of Peter Parker tossing his Spider-Man suit in a trash can in Spider-Man 2 (2004).
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For its Spanish dub, all the characters from the previous Spider-Man movies had the same Spanish voices that they had years ago, not only Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's Peter Parkers, who were dubbed by Roger Pera and Ivan Labanda respectively, but all the villains Norman Osborn/Green Goblin, Otto Octavius/Dr. Octopus, Flint Marko/Sandman, Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard and Max Dillon/Electro, who were dubbed by Salvador Vidal, Pere Molina, Jordi Boixaderas, Pere Arquillué and Juan Antonio Bernal respectively.
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Shortly after reforming, Electro says the energy in the MCU universe is different than the one from his world. This very subtly explains why he's yellow in the MCU universe rather than blue as he was in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).
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Charlie Cox said that he and Andrew Garfield sat facing a wall during lunch to avoid people suspecting that they were in Atlanta, Georgia filming this movie. "While we were sitting down, it occurred to both of us, 'Oh, shit. If we're filmed here together, that's not a good sign,'" Cox stated during a 2022 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "So we ended up sitting, facing the wall, both of us."
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When Peter and Norman Osborn's Green Goblin have their first fight of the film, their blows cause an entire building to crumble beneath them. In the alternate universe comic entitled "What if...? (Vol. 2) #105", Peter and Norman have a similar fight, this ends up costing Peter a leg and Norman his life.
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Tobey Maguire's Spidey being the one to stop Tom Holland's Peter from killing Norman Osborn seems like a somber nod to the fact that he never wanted Dr. Osborn to die in Spider-Man (2002).
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When asked whether Matt Murdock would appear in this film, Charlie Cox claimed that it was not the case, and speculated that an appearance from the character might be detrimental to him, as it would mean he would have to portray a lighter and softer version of Daredevil than fans were familiar with on Netflix. Mr. Murdock does appear in this film, albeit a brief but meaningful cameo.
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Andrew Garfield was flooded with questions about his involvement in the film, which he consistently denied even as it overshadowed the press tours of The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) and tick, tick... BOOM! (2021). Andrew Garfield eventually lied by claiming that he and Tobey Maguire would not be returning when pressed for details, noting that he would hope to make a film with them one day. And he said this only 3 days after the soundtrack leak. Reportedly averted with Maguire, as some fans who claim they took photos with him said that he hinted at his involvement with the film in an off-the-record, NDA-friendly fashion.
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Over the Midtown High News broadcast, Betty Brandt cheers on Peter saying 'Go get 'em, Tiger!' This is a common catchphrase spoken by Mary Jane in the Sam Raimi trilogy as well as in the comics.
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Parts of the plot involving Spider-Man erasing his identity borrow heavily from the 2010 story arc "One Moment In Time" and the 2007 story arc "One More Day" both written by Joe Quesada. However the major differences in this film are that Aunt May is killed, and instead of having only his secret identity erased from most people, the whole world forgets who Peter Parker is.
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The film marks the first time that Aunt May dies on-screen in any Spider-Man film. In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Peter Parker mentions his Aunt May's death.
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In The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Lizard's right claw has four fingers instead of five, since his right hand was artificially regrown. This continuity detail was kept for this film.
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Both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield gave input on their characters' respective journeys after their previous onscreen appearances, with Maguire specifically requesting that "very minimal" backstory be given on what happened to his Peter Parker after Spider-Man 3 (2007).
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Strange scolds Peter for ruining his spell six times, but only results in five villains. Later, when comparing rogues galleries, Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man tells Tom Holland's Spider-Man about the Raimiverse iteration of the Venom symbiote from Spider-Man 3 (2007). The Sony's Spider-Man Universe iteration of Venom had been warped to the MCU at the end of Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021), and while he's returned home before he can do much of anything a piece of the SSU Venom symbiote is conspicuously left behind.
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This movie marks Tobey Maguire's return as Spider-Man for the first time in 14 years, since Spider-Man 3 (2007).
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Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man tells the other two Spider-Men he loves them, echoing Nicolas Cage's Spider Noir doing the same thing in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
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When the Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire Spider-Men are teleporting back to their universes, they wave to each other in a specific manner that is a nod to the popular Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man meme. It also appears drawn as part of the ending credits.
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At the end of the film, Peter moves to a new apartment for himself and fights crime as a new Spider-Man by listening to police scanners. This premise is similar to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films, where Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) moves to a new apartment under the landlord Mr. Ditkovich in Spider-Man 2 (2004) and uses police scanners to detect crimes across the city.
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Except for when he puts on a lab coat to help create and prepare the cures during the lab scene, Andrew Garfield's Peter spends his entire appearance in his Spider-Man costume. Whereas Tobey Maguire's Peter waits until it's time for the final battle to even confirm that he has the costume with him. This can be seen as representative of the general audience consensus of their strengths in the role: that Maguire was awkward, nerdy, and felt angst like Peter, and that Garfield was cool and quippy like Spider-Man, and so neither really captured both sides of the character. Hence, Garfield spends the whole movie as Spider-Man while Maguire spends as much of it as he possibly can as Peter .
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After Matt Murdock informs Peter that the charges against him won't be pursued, he goes on to tell Happy that he's under investigation due to some Stark Tech going missing; Peter winds up finding a Stark Industries fabricator hidden in a back room in Happy's condo.
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Michael Giacchino's Doctor Strange (2016) theme plays when Peter decides to seek Doctor Strange's help to make everyone forget that he is Spider-Man. The theme also plays later when Strange pursues Peter into the Mirror Dimension and when he returns in the final act.
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This film was released a few days before the year of the 60th Anniversary of the Spider-Man franchise, the 20th Anniversary of the first Spider-Man film, and the 10th Anniversary of The Amazing Spider-Man -- and it goes all-out by featuring cast members from those respective film continuities reprising their roles.
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Peter's first costume in the MCU was the Homemade, a self-made red-and-blue outfit which he wore during the first steps of his superhero career. At the end of the movie, he comes up with the Fresh Start suit: another red-and-blue outfit based on the classic comics costume and worn by Peter as he (re)starts his superhero journey.
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Another update on Nick Fury's whereabouts comes in No Way Home. The man from Damage Control replies to Peter Parker's request to speak to Nick Fury by telling Spidey that he's "off-planet". His exact whereabouts are unknown, though Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)'s post-credits scene featured him lounging about on a Skrull spaceship. The series WandaVision (2021) also made reference to someone who could be Nick Fury with a Skrull asking Monica Rambeau to meet Fury in space. Maybe the upcoming Secret Invasion (2023) starring Samuel L. Jackson or The Marvels (2023) will bring clues about Fury's interstellar adventures.
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Despite being given the code-names of Peter-2 and Peter-3 respectively during the events of the film to tell them apart from Tom Holland's version, Marvel.com lists Tobey Maguire's version as "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man" and Andrew Garfield's version as "The Amazing Spider-Man" on their website.
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In the scene where Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is looking at information on his phone about his identity being revealed, a cosplayer dressed as Ian Lightfoot from Pixar's Onward (2020) who was voiced by Holland can be seen.
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When the reformed Doc Ock talks about curing Norman, there is a good look at Norman from behind. His purple hood is very reminiscent of the Green Goblin's cap in the comics, foreshadowing his true state of mind.
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Of the five villains featured in the movie, four are scientists who went wrong with science: Norman Osborn submitted himself to an experiment that turned him psychotic and homicidal, creating Green Goblin; Otto Octavius was physically fused with four mechanical tentacles controlled by an artificial intelligence that eventually controlled Octavius' mind, turning him into Dr. Octopus; Dr. Curt Connors attempted to recover his lost arm with a serum obtained from reptiles trying to replicate the animal's regeneration abilities, but the experiment turned him completely into a human/reptile hybrid with animal instincts, creating The Lizard; Max Dillon fell into a tank of water with electric eels that gave him powers over energy and electricity, being capable to control any electronic device, creating Electro. The exception is Flint Marko, a blue-collar criminal who accidentally fell into a particle accelerator and his physical body turned into sand but his mind survived and rebuilt his body with sand, creating Sandman. However, one thing that they all have in common is that all five of their accidents involved OSCORP in one way or another.
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Strange reveals that he has been "dangling over the Grand Canyon for 12 hours" in a very similar manner to a disgruntled Loki in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) who was "falling for 30 minutes" after being dropped through a portal by Strange himself.
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Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire were all considered to have cameos in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), where the three live-action Spider-Men would briefly interact. But this idea was scrapped by Sony executives, reasoning that it was "too soon".
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The plot is somewhat similar to the 2007 four part comic "One More Day". In that comic Spider-Man is married to Mary Jane Watson and the whole world knows who Spider-Man is, and because of this Aunt May gets shot and is fighting for her life in a hospital. Spider-Man tries to save her life by making a deal with the demon Mephisto. The consequence of that deal is that Mephisto changes history so that Peter and Mary Jane are not married and their future daughter will never be born, but no one remembers the identity of Spider-Man and Aunt May is alive. In this movie the consequence of Dr Strange's spell is now the whole world, including MJ and his friends, do not remember Peter Parker but Aunt May remains dead.
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The final battle of the film takes place at the Statue of Liberty, which appears to be under restoration/modernization, including the addition of Captain America's shield over Liberty's torch. Interestingly, the statue appears in her original copper color, as she would have appeared at her completion in 1886, and not in her blue-ish green patina as she is seen in real life.
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Tom Holland has long stated that he wanted Tobey Maguire to play his Peter's Uncle Ben. That obviously didn't happen. However, he does finish the iconic "With great power, comes great responsibility" line when Holland's Peter mentions it. The camera angles on the Raimi-verse Peter, as he is lying on the ground after being backstabbed by Green Goblin are eerily similar to Uncle Ben's iconic death scene from Spider-Man (2002).
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Michael Giacchino's score for the film includes nods and renditions of not only his own themes from the previous two Spider-Man films, and from Doctor Strange (2016), but also themes from past Spider-Man films. These include Danny Elfman's and James Horner's main themes from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) respectively, Green Goblin's theme from Spider-Man (2002), Doc Ock's theme from Spider-Man 2 (2004), and a very brief use of Electro's theme from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). A subtle reference to Sandman's theme from Spider-Man 3 (2007) can be heard in the climactic battle as he gathers sand from the construction truck. Mysterio's theme from Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) is also heard in the beginning of the film.
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MJ's crying upon realizing that she has to forget her Peter at the film's climax did have some authenticity to it. Zendaya admitted to having been in tears during much of the filming process because of how tragic the ending was.
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At about 1:26:38 and 1:28:32 into the film, the language spoken by Ned's grandmother is Tagalog, the most common dialect of the Philippines.
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When Octavius, with a newly replaced inhibitor chip, tells Osborn that his darker half is about to be erased, the latter responds, "Just me?" in a much darker, gravelly tone than before. Soon, Peter's Spider-Sense kicks in, indicating to him that the evil Green Goblin persona has taken over Osborn.
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After this film, producer Amy Pascal said that Marvel is interested in making another trilogy of films, despite Tom Holland's version of Parker being stripped of his real identity in the MCU by the end of "No Way Home."
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Charlie Cox reprises his role as Matt Murdock from Marvel Netflix's Daredevil (2015). Murdock is the second Marvel Netflix character to appear in the main Marvel universe after Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio) from the Netflix series Daredevil (2015). Despite the Marvel Netflix show-runners confirming that all Marvel Netflix shows take place within the main Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), many fans have debated whether or not this is true due to the lack of interaction and acknowledgment between Marvel Netflix and the main MCU. With the introduction of Matt Murdock and Kingpin into the main MCU, the Marvel Netflix series are now officially canon to the main MCU.
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The smear campaign against Spider-Man from The Daily Bugle has taken the picture of Peter from Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) and photoshopped half of the Spider-Man mask over it, recreating the iconic half-Peter-half-Spidey image from the comics.
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Tobey Maguire has a small, crescent-shaped scar on his right cheek. This is not makeup, but a real scar that is evident in all of his films, notably the Spider-man films. After the tremendous battle at the condo, MCU/Watts Peter, portrayed by Tom Holland, has a number of injuries on his face. One of these injuries happens to be a crescent-shaped cut of the exact size, shape and location on his face as Maguire's real facial scar.
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Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) mentions his back pain and an episode of "web block" due to "existential crisis stuff" during the humorous dialogue with the other Spider-Men while preparing to fight against the villains on the Statue of Liberty; another Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) helps him with a crack. This is obviously an homage to Spider-Man in the Tobey Maguire/Sam Raimi universe, more exactly Spider-Man 2 (2004), where Peter once ran out of spider web fluid because of his complex relationship with MJ, which made him depressed and caused him to lose his power. He subsequently fell from a building and hit a parked car, yelling in pain: "my back...my back". It is also an in-joke to the fact that Maguire almost couldn't return for Spider-Man 2 due to a supposed back injury, one that he was rumored to have exaggerated for a bigger paycheck, after which several "back pain jokes" were written into Spider-Man 2.
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This is the third time that Matt Murdock has defended a fellow superhero on screen. On Daredevil (2015), he defended Frank Castle, who got his own series, The Punisher (2017). Prior to that, he appeared in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989), in which he defends Dr Banner. The Incredible Hulk (1977), like The Amazing Spider-Man (1977), also had a television series in the late 1970s.
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The official script of the movie reveals that MJ had a moment of Deja Vu when talking with Peter Parker at the donut shop, and also a "lingering sense of recognition" while she was watching him leave the shop. This hints that Zendaya's MJ will probably manage to get her memories back about Peter.
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When Strange takes back the box from Green Goblin, there is a shot for each Spider-Man with their Spider-Sense going off to reveal Goblin slid a Pumpkin Bomb into the box.
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When Green Goblin reveals his arm blades in the final battle, he whistles as a beckoning taunt to the MCU Peter. The New Goblin's arm blades made a whistling noise every time he swung them around in Spider-Man 3 (2007).
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Peter describes the Green Goblin as "a flying green elf," a more appropriate description of his comic book look.
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After hearing about the overwhelming fan response to Matt Murdock's cameo appearance, Charlie Cox snuck into a cinema to experience the reactions himself. However, he discovered that the audience was completely quiet during that scene.
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This film and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) recreated the famous and hilarious meme of the two Spider-Men pointing at each other. This meme originated from the Spider-Man (1967) cartoon series. The meme comes from season 1 episode 19, "Double Identity" which is about a thief named Charles Cameo who decides to impersonate Spider-Man to steal art treasures. The real Peter Parker/Spider-Man shows up to stop him and they end up pointing at each other. This scene became a meme in 2011. Many variations of the meme were created. Among the variations is a version where Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland's Spider-Men were pointing at each other. During the after-credits scene for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099 goes to Earth 1967 where he ends up arguing with Spider-Man over pointing as they point at each other. The scene used the same scene from the actual show. Although, 1967 Spider-Man was standing in the position of Charles Cameo/the imposter Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 was standing in the position of the real Spider-Man. In this film, the pointing happens twice between the three Spider-Men. The first time is the scene where the three Peters were working together on the cures in the lab. At one point, Ned calls out to "his" Peter, and all three of them answer him, and the three end up pointing at each other. They're in similar positions of the meme involving Maguire and Holland's Spider-Men on either side while Garfield's Spider-Man is in the middle. The second time is during the final battle scene where the three Peters are on the Statue of Liberty. While they were agreeing on who will handle which villain, they end up pointing at each other in the same fashion as the meme.
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When Peter first encounters Electro and Sandman he wears his current non-nanotech costume inside-out, due to having recently been covered in green paint that he cannot clean off (Aunt May later cleans it for him). It appears to be a black variant of his Spider-Man costume, but clearly many of the inner electronics, which would normally be hidden, are exposed.
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The concept of multiple Spider-Men from different universes teaming up not only borrows events from Spider-Verse, but also another comic book crossover "Spider-Men", where the mainstream universe Peter Parker crosses over to the Ultimate Marvel universe and meets its Spider-Man, Miles Morales, who he teams up with (and also learning of the fate of his Ultimate Marvel counterpart and meeting that Peter's loved ones).
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, J.K. Simmons, and six Oscar nominees: Thomas Haden Church, Benedict Cumberbatch, Willem Dafoe, Andrew Garfield, Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal (who has an archival cameo at the film's beginning). Shortly after this movie's release, Cumberbatch and Garfield competed against each other for the Best Actor Academy Award for starring in The Power of the Dog (2021) and tick, tick... BOOM! (2021), respectively.
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Lizard is slightly redesigned, altering his previous design from The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) in favor of one with a slightly more reptilian face, lizard-like grooves and a more pronounced snout.
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Aunt May says the iconic line, "With great power comes great responsibility" a little differently. She says, "With great power there must also come great responsibility." This is exactly how Stan Lee first phrased it in Amazing Fantasy issue 15 in 1962.
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First live action movie for Tobey Maguire since Pawn Sacrifice (2014) (Maguire provided the voice for Adult Timm/Narrator in The Boss Baby (2017)).
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A role that is normally given to Ben Parker/Uncle Ben in most Spider-Man iterations is given to Aunt May in this film. Imparting with Peter the lesson of "With Great Power there must also come Great Responsibility," as she ultimately dies in front of him.
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In one TV spot for the film, Jameson incredulously asks if the Lizard is a dinosaur. Captain George Stacy from the Lizard's universe mockingly calls him a dinosaur in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). In that same spot, Jameson is shown wearing a very similar outfit to the one his Raimi-Verse counterpart wore in Spider-Man 3 (2007) when witnessing his Spider-Man fight Sandman and Venom.
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Flint Marko/Sandman saying to Max Dillon/Electro that he too fell into a device which caused his powers is a nice knock at the unoriginality of some comic book villains' origins.
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Although in the movie Harry Osborn (James Franco) from Sam Raimi Trilogy never is mentioned openly, there are three hints about him: firstly when Norman Osborn feels sad explaining to Aunt May and Peter in the charity center that his company Oscorp doesn't exist and his son is gone. Later, Ned questions Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) if he has a best friend, and Peter responds that he had but he died in his arms after he tried to kill him. This alludes to the events of Spider-Man 3 (2007), where Harry Osborn tries to kill Peter in vengeance for Norman's death, resulting in him getting hurt and disfigured. Eventually he helps Peter to defeat Flint Marko/Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Eddie Brock/Venom (Topher Grace), dying in the battle to save Peter when Venom tried to stab him. Finally, when Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker helps Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker to recover, this last one says to Garfield's Parker that this was not the first time that he was stabbed: in Spider-Man 3 (2007) Harry Osborn stabbed Peter when he tried to kill Spider-Man.
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Peter considers killing Norman Osborn by stabbing him with the blades on the front of the Goblin glider. This is how Osborn dies in Spider-Man (2002).
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Denis Leary, who appeared as Captain Stacy in the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man films, was asked to appear in a planned flashback or dream sequence but was unable to do so, citing his commitment to an unspecified television series. The sequence was subsequently written out of the script because of this.
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The film has the largest number of Spider-Man villains in any one Spider-Man film. Most of them are the villains that previously appeared in the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb Spider-Man film series. The only exceptions are Venom from Spider-Man 3 (2007), Rhino and Harry Osborn/Green Goblin from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), along with Vulture, Mac Gargan, and Herman Shultz/Shocker from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). Venom, however, does appear in one of the two post-credit scenes.
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This is the second time that Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man gets stabbed. The first time was in Spider-Man 3 (2007) by Harry Osborn, in this one it's by Norman Osborn. Both times he got stabbed by an Osborn.
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The film marks the first time that an MCU Spider-Man movie (unlike Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)) doesn't end with a character saying, "What the Fu..."

However, that moment in the latter movie is repeated at the very beginning of this movie, except that the f-word is conveniently censored out by a loud truck horn.
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The first MCU Spider-Man film to end with Peter swinging across New York City dressed as Spider-Man in his iconic red & blue suit, similar to the endings of previous non-MCU Spider-Man films. He did however have a final swing through NYC at the end of Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), although that was in his red & black (Upgraded) suit.
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Spider-Man briefly gets to wear the Doctor Strange cape. In What If...?: What If... Zombies?! (2021), Spider-Man wore the cape prominently enough to get an action figure for it.
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With this film all live action Spider-Man movies are connected and every actor who played the iconic character at least in the movie version is in it. The only unconnected live action version is the TV series The Amazing Spider-Man (1977) starring Nicholas Hammond. In fact, he was considered for a tongue in cheek cameo role but the part was cut at the script stage due to concerns about the length of this film.
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Despite being released in July 2019, Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) already touched on the idea of the multiverse, that will be an important part of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021). Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) takes place the longest time after Avengers: Endgame (2019) (8 months), despite series like WandaVision (2021), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) and Loki (2021) aired almost 2 years later in 2021, and except Loki (2021), these series takes place just a few months after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019). Given that Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) also takes place after the events of Loki (2021), in which the Loki variant famously enabled the multiverse, it means that Mysterio might not have lied, when he told Peter about the existence of the multiverse, or the multiverse was already enabled, and the movie just didn't clarify that on purpose until Loki (2021) was aired.
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Doc Ock wraps his tentacles around Peter's torso, and attempts to crush his skull, much like he attempted to do to his version of Peter during the bank robbery in Spider-Man 2 (2004).
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Andrew Garfield embraced his role as the middle brother of the group and was interested in exploring the idea of a tortured Peter Parker following the events of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), including how lessons from those events could be passed on from his version of the character to Tom Holland's version of the character. Garfield was grateful for the chance to "tie up some loose ends" for his version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Furthermore, he described working with Holland and Tobey Maguire as an opportunity to have "deeper conversations about our experiences with the character".
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When the spell goes awry, an eye can be seen in the center of the screen.
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Near the end of the film, Electro (Jamie Foxx) laments to Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man his disappointment that Spider-Man isn't black. This may be an Easter egg setting up the possibility that the current Spider-Man in the comics, Miles Morales, who is black, will appear in future MCU/Sony live-action movies. MCU producers have hinted at introducing him into the franchise as either a teammate of Tom Holland's Spider-Man or as his replacement should Holland not return to the role. In fact, Miles' existence in the MCU was directly confirmed in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), when Miles' uncle, Aaron Davis (played by Donald Glover), says that he has a nephew in town; there's even a deleted scene of Aaron talking to Miles on the phone. Currently, the only on-screen appearance of Miles is in the non-MCU canon film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
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Fourth longest-running film in the MCU at 148 min (2h 28 min) behind Avengers: Endgame (2019) at 181 min (3h 1 min), Eternals (2021) at 157 min (2h 37 min) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018) at 149 min (2h 29 min).
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Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprised their roles as their respective versions of Spider-Man with their involvement being kept secret by Marvel and Sony and denied by Garfield, leading to massive fan speculation up to the film's premiere.
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With the appearance of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's Spider-Men, and Tom Hardy's Venom, this film has also effectively added seven other movies to the MCU and its canon: Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy (2002-2007), Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man Duology (2012-2014), and the Venom franchise (2018-2021).
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The film's opening with audio from the end of the previous film, Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), with J. Jonah Jameson revealing Spider-Man's identity, is very similar to the opening of Iron Man 2 (2010) with audio from the last scene of Iron Man (2008) being heard from when Tony Stark revealed his identity to the world.
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This movie marks Andrew Garfield's return as Spider-Man for the first time in 7 years, since The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).
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Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland filmed their scenes together in just two weeks.
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When the news broadcast describes that Happy is being investigated for the Stark drones being responsible for the death of Mysterio, a Stark Industry identification card is shown with a picture of Jon Favreau from beginning of Iron Man 3 and identifies that Happy's given name is Harold Joseph "Happy" Hogan.
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Willem Dafoe spoke of the Green Goblin as someone who really believes in a world of losers and winners and believes that power is really all that matters, it's not an abstract thing philosophically, he has very little patience or interest in compassion.
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During Electro's first fight with Peter, a few notes from "My Enemy" from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) play.
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Since the film's release, fans have dubbed Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland's Peter Parkers/Spider-Men as "The Spider Bros". This is due to how the three men have interacted with one another as if they were brothers, instead of strangers from different universes who happen to be different versions of the same person. During the scene where the three Spider-Men were getting ready to face off against the five villains, Garfield's Peter says to Maguire and Holland's Peters that he always wanted brothers. It's also noted that the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man is an only child and generally wouldn't know what it would be like to have a sibling. In real life, Maguire, Garfield, and Holland each have brothers.
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The five villains that get dragged into the MCU all happen to represent each of the five major Sony movies made prior to collaborating with Marvel Studios.
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The day audiences of the UK spotted Matt Murdock/Daredevil's (Charlie Cox) appearance in the film, the fifth episode from the Hawkeye (2021) miniseries showed Daredevil's nemesis Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio) in a cameo, with both the actors reprising their roles from the Netflix series Daredevil (2015).
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First MCU movie where Zendaya's character "MJ" reveals her full name: Michelle Jones-Watson. This, along with the initials MJ, could be a homage to Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Man's girlfriend in the comics.
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Andrew Garfield's code name at the end of the film is Peter 3. This is a tongue in cheek joke on how he is the only one of the group who didn't get a third film (making Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) his third movie).
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This movie marks the return of Thomas Haden Church as Flint Marko/Sand Man for the first time in 14 years, since Spider-Man 3 (2007), albeit with re-used footage and an otherwise 'voice only' role.
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This is the second Spider-Man film, after Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) that co-creator Stan Lee won't have a cameo in, since he passed away on November 12, 2018; Avengers: Endgame (2019) was Lee's final 'true' cameo appearance. However, motion capture was used to render Stan's face for the "time heist" in the 70s at the SHIELD compound in Endgame.
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A little over a month after the film's release and after the film achieved great financial success, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland did a joint interview. It's the first public interview the three actors did together. The interview was conducted by Pete Hammond and took place via Zoom.
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Peter saving the MIT representative by way of hanging her car on a strand of web is also reminiscent of how Peter-3 saved people from the Lizard's first rampage.
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Matt Murdock catches a brick thrown through his client Peter Parker's kitchen window. But when they filmed this scene, the projectile wasn't supposed to be a brick. According to a Corridor Crew interview with FX supervisor Kelly Port, it was actually a snow-globe. (Likely referencing Spider-Man's role in the death of "hero" Mysterio.) In the film, you can actually see the bulge in Matt's palm from gripping a spherical object and when Peter takes the object.
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Topher Grace, Dane DeHaan, James Franco, and Paul Giamatti are the only live action Spider-Man Villains to not make an appearance in the film. However most are referenced with the only exception being DeHaan's Green Goblin from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).
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The eye lights on Doc Ock's tentacles shine blue when Spider-Man is in control remotely, white when Otto is in control and red when the tentacle's own AI is in control. In Spider-Man 2 (2004), only the white and red states were seen. The visual effects team added the blue state as a reference to Bluetooth connections which act at a distance.
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Happy Hogan sitting next to Matt Murdock is probably a nod to Jon Favreau playing Matt Murdock's best friend and business partner, Foggy Nelson, in Daredevil (2003).
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Willem Dafoe felt Green Goblin had advanced from his portrayal in Spider-Man (2002) and had "a few more tricks up his sleeves" in this film.
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Before Willem Dafoe's cackling Green Goblin properly returns, the production design had some fun teasing his arrival given the Halloween decorations at the diner where MJ works. For starters, there appears to be what looks like Frankenstein dolls with a green and purple color scheme behind her. Additionally, there is a silhouette of a witch flying on a broomstick, which seems like a deep cut nod to the Green Goblin's first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #14 where Gobby is introduced not on a glider but on a hokey sci-fi broom.
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The first time all three Peter Parkers/Spider-Men meet each other (around the 1:35 mark) is at night, on the rooftop of the high school, and after MCU Aunt May dies. The following scene shows a train on the bottom left corner of the screen with graffiti on it. The graffiti spells, "McFarlane". This is an obvious reference to Todd McFarlane who, at one time, was both the writer and artist for Spider-Man before leaving Marvel Comics to launch Image Comics, and create his most well-known creation, Spawn.
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The very last close-up image of Spider-Man's mask looks like Ben-Day dots, a technique used in comic books to create areas of color in prints while minimizing the amount of ink used.
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Tom Holland stated that his one regret for taking on the role of a Peter Parker/Spider-Man is that he didn't call Andrew Garfield, whom he was replacing and who he didn't know personally at the time of his casting, to let him know out of respect. Holland felt terrible that he got the role due to Sony's mistreatment of Garfield after the lukewarm reception of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and the troubling conflict between Sony and Disney over the movie rights of Spider-Man. A few years after Holland's casting, the two actors finally met one another and became close friends. Holland and Garfield would go on to star together in this film.
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The spell Strange casts takes on the visual properties of a gyroscope. This device is used in navigation, stability and inertial guidance, traits that assist in affecting or manipulating reality.
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With the return of Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man, Spider-Man (2002) became the first movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Mulitverse)
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Norman Osborn/Green Goblin was not the main villain of the film in the first version of the script despite still appearing as an antagonist, after the film lost "other characters" McKenna and Sommers concluded that the Green Goblin "had to be" the main villain and rewrote the script to give him a second chance to replicate his actions in Spider-Man (2002) but in a darker way related to Holland's character.
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Both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield lamented the fact that it was much more difficult to get in shape enough to pull off wearing the Spider-Man costume than it had been when they were in their 20s. Maguire was 45 at the time, and Garfield was 37.
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This is the eighth live-action Spider-Man film following Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019). In a way, it ends up being a culmination of all the previous films, due to the villains returning along with the previous two iterations of Spider-Man portrayed by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
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Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) is seen using a CPAP mask while sleeping. This is a medical device hardly ever seen on a movie character. CPAP is short for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, a breathing system used to treat diverse sleep disorders.
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James Franco's New Goblin, Topher Grace's Venom, Dane DeHaan's Green Goblin, Paul Giamatti's Rhino, and Michael Keaton's Vulture are the only live-action Spider-Man super-villains not to return in any way. Vulture is already in the MCU, so he would not have to be "pulled in" by Strange's spell like the others, but he is absent anyway, presumably because he is still in prison due to the events of Homecoming.
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During the trial briefing, Matt Murdock asked Happy a question. As an inside joke, Jon Favreau improvised the line, "I've been foggy at times on the details." (Favreau played Franklin "Foggy" Nelson in the 'Daredevil' film starring Ben Affleck). The line didn't make the final cut.
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A Freeze-Frame Bonus chyron shown on one of J. Jonah Jameson's videos asks why Spider-Man seems to hate national monuments, a gag that's paid off when the final battle ends up destroying part of the Statue of Liberty. Even funnier when you realize this isn't the first time an alliance of Spidey's villains came together to threaten Lady Liberty in The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.
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Director Jon Watts came up with the idea for Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker/Spider-Man to save Zendaya's MJ during the climax while watching a pre-visualization reel showcasing ideas for the climatic battle.
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The original plans for the first Spider-Man movie was to feature both Doctor Octopus and Green Goblin as major villains, but only Green Goblin made it to the final cut of the film. Now, this film features both Doc Ock and Green Goblin as major antagonists.
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Strange says that "they shot an episode of The Equalizer here in the '80s" about the Sanctum. The Equalizer (1985) was an action procedural that ran on CBS from 1985-1989 about Robert McCall (Edward Woodward), a retired Intelligence Agent to turned private detective to help ordinary people threatened by criminals.
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The first time the audience sees J.K. Simmons in this movie as J. Jonah Jameson giving news revealing Spider-Man's identity, it can be seen that Jameson is in a makeshift studio in his own home with a green wall as chroma key and a wall with post-it notes about Spider-Man. After Dr Strange casts a spell to make the entire world forget who Peter Parker is, Jameson is seen giving news again, but this time he appears in a proper Daily Bugle studio, implying that he succeeded as journalist.
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The three Peter Parkers/Spider-Men pointing at each other during the lab scene was Andrew Garfield's idea.
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During the opening scene where Spider-Man's identity is revealed as Peter Parker and he swings down the street to save MJ from the people, one pedestrian says, "You're just a kid?" This is a callback to Spider-Man 2 (2004) when Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) saves a derailed train from falling and killing all the passengers, and in the process loses his mask, revealing his face to them and causing one of the passengers to say: "He's just a kid, no older than my son!"
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The three Peter Parker/Spider-Man actors are similar in height: Tom Holland is 5' 8" (1.73m), Andrew Garfield is 5' 10½" (1.7 m) and Tobey Maguire is 5' 7¾" (1.72m). All three are surpassed by Dr Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch, who is 6' (1.83m).
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McKenna and Sommers begin working on the script in earnest by December 2019. They considered featuring Kraven the Hunter as the film's antagonist, an idea that director Jon Watts had expressed interest in and pitched to Tom Holland, before gravitating towards a story idea similar to It's a Wonderful Life (1946) in which Parker makes a wish regarding his now public identity. That idea introduced Dr. Stephen Strange to the story and the duo began exploring the idea of the multiverse and potentially revisiting characters from past Spider-Man films. Initially, they thought this would just be a tease for fans but they ultimately decided to fully integrate the past characters into the plot. Sommers said, "once it was collectively decided that we were going to take this swing we had to commit and we had to do what was right for the story." They optimistically wrote for all the characters they wanted in the film before those actors were confirmed to be returning. Initial drafts of the film included every major character from past Spider-Man films returning but this was narrowed down because the pair felt they had "bitten off more than they could chew" The duo worked hard to prevent the film from just being "a bunch of fan service" by using the returning characters to help tell Peter Parker's story instead of just creating "curtain calls for everybody."
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This movie marks the return of Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard for the first time in 9 years, since The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
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Zendaya throwing bread at Andrew Garfield to test his spidey-sense was an improvisation.
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The character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man is mostly durable due to his superhuman biology. He can withstand serious damage. In this film, all three Peter Parkers/Spider-Men have taken serious physical impacts and endured some sort of injury that would've seriously harmed or killed a regular human. For example:
  • During his first fight against Norman Osborn/Green Goblin, Tom Holland's Peter Parker/Spider-Man ended up suffering broken ribs. He kept clutching his chest and ribs. He told Aunt May after the fight that he may have broken his ribs. Then, during the scene where he was mourning Aunt May, he was sitting down on the roof of his high school. This shows that sitting down and resting had helped Holland's Peter to heal and recover.
  • During the final battle on the Statue of Liberty, Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker/Spider-Man was electrocuted with dangerous amounts of electricity by Electro. After Doc Ock had intervened and stopped Electro, Garfield's Peter quickly recovered. Previously, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Peter was electrocuted by Electro during the final fight. This prompted Gwen Stacy to save Peter's life by overloading the city's electrical system which eventually (and initially) kills Electro. As in this film, Peter quickly recovered.
  • Toward the end of the film, Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker/Spider-Man was stabbed in the back by Norman Osborne/Green Goblin after stopping Holland's Peter from killing the Goblin. When Garfield and Holland's Peters tended to him a few moments later, despite being in pain, Maguire's Peter states that he's been stabbed before and has recovered from it. In Spider-Man 3 (2007), during his first fight against Harry Osborne/New Green Goblin, Peter is stabbed by the new Goblin. Peter is then forced to knock him out to end the assault.
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During and after filming, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland all bonded and became close friends. After Garfield received his Best Actor Oscar nomination for tick, tick... BOOM! (2021), Maguire and Holland texted him to congratulate him. Furthermore and interestingly, Maguire and Garfield, as with the opening of this film, secretly saw a screening of Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022), another film about multiverses.
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Jamie Foxx has been a longtime fan of Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina and was thrilled with the chance to work alongside his idols.
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Despite the weird circumstances involving multiverses and knowing one another for a few hours, the three Peter Parkers/Spider-Men ended up showing some affection toward one another as if they were long-lost friends or relatives. This is deduced that the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man has such a caring nature that he would get along with and protect another version of himself from another universe.
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The Lizard's roar sound effect from The Amazing Spider-Man appears in a brief scene where a giant, unseen creature attempts to attack our hero, but is stopped by a barrier, serving as confirmation of who the mystery character is before he is seen more clearly.
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When Electro has been subdued he finally sees his universe's Peter Parker without his mask and states confusion. He says as Peter Parker is from Queens and always helping poor people, he assumed he would be black. Andrew Garfield begins to apologize for this disappointing turn, but Jamie Fox waves him off, stating that there must be a black Spider-Man in some universe. This is very true, as Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse features multiverse Spider-Men and is headed by a Black Spider-Man named Miles Morales.
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After the ending credits, a teaser can be seen for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) where Dr Strange appears with Wanda Maximoff and Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). This marks the return of Ejiofor as Mordo 6 years after the first Doctor Strange (2016).
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Despite being played by 2 different actors (Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy), both characters of Dr Stephen Strange and of Eddie Brock/Venom are dubbed by Jérémie Covillault in the French version of this movie.
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This is the second MCU film to have a trailer as a post-credits scene after Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
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Much to the relief of the two actors, plans to use the original Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man suits were jettisoned in order to make life a bit more comfortable for the two men.
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Toward the end of the film, Tom Holland's Peter Parker/Spider-Man attempted to kill Norman Osborne/Green Goblin for murdering Aunt May. Holland's Spider-Man was brutally beating the Green Goblin and was about to use the Goblin's glider to kill him until Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker/Spider-Man intervened and stopped him. In the original ending for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), after Harry Osborne/Green Goblin murdered Gwen Stacy, Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker/Spider-Man, in a rage and in retaliation, ends up apparently beating him to death. The scene was deemed too dark and disturbing. Even Garfield was frightened by the outcome of the scene after viewing the dailies. Reshoots were done.
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Alfred Molina's look of joy at encountering the Tobey Maguire version of Peter Parker was genuine as the two actors hadn't seen each other in over a decade.
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When the three Spider-Men were swinging together on the Statue of Liberty during the final battle, Tom Holland's Spider-Man used his webs to pull and swing Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's Spider-Men forward so that they can swing ahead of him. This action is deemed as a sign of respect toward the two somewhat older Spider-Men.
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In a VFX breakdown video with Vanity Fair, VFX Supervisor Kelly Port explains that they initially planned for a more action-packed introduction of Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin. In a "previs" sequence, which is essentially a digital mock-up of what a scene could look like featuring rudimentary visual effects, Port shows that Spider-Man and Green Goblin almost had a more drawn-out fight on the bridge instead of what ended up in the movie.
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Director Jon Watts served as a stand-in for Thomas Hayden Church onset by providing motion capture reference to the uncredited body double who physically replaced Church in the role.
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America Chavez was originally set to appear in the film, at one point, to serve in the sorcerer's apprentice-type role. That eventually became part of Ned's role in the film. She would go on to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).
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At one point during Spider-Man and the Green Goblin's first fight, Peter wraps his legs around the Goblin and begins punching him while he (Goblin) laughs maniacally. This scene somewhat mirrors Batman punching The Joker while he (Joker) laughs maniacally during the interrogation scene in The Dark Knight (2008). The partial lower Dutch tilt angles, the villain laughing maniacally, and the hero furiously punching the villain are nearly similar.
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During the brief Mirror Dimension scuffle scene, the film takes a page from Spider-Man 2 (2004) by having a major fight atop a train that runs off the tracks (although, given the bizarre nature of the Mirror Dimension, nobody is harmed). The train itself has a similar appearance to the one seen in Spider-Man 2 (2004), although it isn't identical.
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With the pre-release interest that many of the villains would be reprising their roles in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), Sony re-released Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) on 4K Blu-ray - and saw a gratifying uptick in sales.
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Plans were in place to bring back Kirsten Dunst as MJ and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey, as well as Rosemary Harris and Sally Field as Aunt May. Stone's pregnancy prevented this.
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Some visual trickery of the old school variety was required in the laboratory scenes as Zendaya is taller than Tom Holland and Tobey Maguire and was made to be appear shorter than them.
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In the end credits preview of Doctor Strange Multiverse of Madness, there appears to be a dark version of Doctor Strange. This may tie in to the Doctor Strange episode of the Disney+ What If series in which a version of Doctor Strange goes dark in an effort to save Christine.
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Alfred Molina was surprised by this approach with this film continuing from the characters story prior to his death in that film. Because he had aged in the years since he made that film and no longer had the same physicality; digital de-aging was also used to make him look physically the same from Spider-Man 2. The mechanical tentacles were created completely through CGI, rather than a blend of puppetry and CGI.
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During the Web Talk scene between the three Peter Parkers/Spider-Men, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland's Peter Parkers were inquiring to Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker about his organic web-shooters. Generally, in the comics, the web-shooters were created by Peter and were not organic. Although, at one point in the comics, the character ended up briefly having organic web-shooters after the success of the Raimi Trilogy. In fact, the concept of the organic web-shooters was invented by and credited to director James Cameron. After directing films like Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and True Lies (1994), Cameron wanted to make a superhero film in the 1990s. He initially wanted to make an X-Men film. Yet, he decided to focus on Spider-Man and wrote a script. In Cameron's script, even though he did use his homemade web-shooters throughout the story as he had in the comics, Peter Parker/Spider-Man would discover that he has organic web-shooters during the final battle after his web-shooters were taken from him. Plans for Cameron's Spider-Man film fell through due to movie rights issues. The organic web-shooters were among the few elements that director Sam Raimi had borrowed from Cameron's script for his trilogy and Maguire's iteration of the character.
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At around 40 minutes and 9 seconds into the film, Peter is making a TikTok with the caption "Becoming Green Elf" in reference to his earlier quote describing Green Goblin. However, the TikTok filter he applies to his face makes him appear to look like Ian Lightfoot who is the lead character in the animated movie "Onward"; the character is also voiced by Tom Holland who plays Spider-Man/Peter Parker in this film.
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The leaking of Michael Giacchino's score two weeks before its release date gave away a lot of information about the film seeing as Giacchino recycled elements of Danny Elfman's Tobey Maguire films and James Horner's Andrew Garfield movies.
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Andrew Garfield found the press tours for The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) and tick, tick... BOOM! (2021) to be really stressful as he was constantly being bombarded by questions about whether or not he was appearing in this film - which he always denied. He even told his ex-fiancee Emma Stone that it was all rumor.
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Andrew Garfield leapt at the chance to appear in the film, being very keen to work alongside Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland.
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There was talk of Mysterio appearing in the film but ultimately this proved too complicated seeing as his death sparks the events of this film.
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Plans were in place for Rhino to make an appearance in the film but Paul Giamatti proved unavailable.
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When asked in interviews, Topher Grace would jokingly imply that he would be making an appearance in the film as Eddie Brock/ Venom. While Grace had no involvement in the film, Tom Hardy does pop up in the stinger as Brock.
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Willem Dafoe was digitally de-aged for the film.
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When Ned uses Dr. Strange's double-ring to try to locate Tom Holland's Peter Parker, he says, "Find Peter Parker," instead of saying, "Find Spider-Man." If Ned had used the latter, the portal opened by Ned would've located, without fail, not only Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire's Peter Parkers but also ruined the surprise of Maguire's Parker because he is not dressed as Spider-Man when he is introduced (although Maguire's face is briefly hidden by the portal to keep the surprise). An alternate possibility is that if Ned had said, "Find Spider-Man," he would have located Holland's Peter the first time. Therefore, Ned and MJ wouldn't have met Garfield and Maguire's Peters, and the meeting between the three Spider-Men on the rooftop of the high school would never have happened.
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When Tom Holland's Peter Parker/Spider-Man goes to kill The Green Goblin toward the end of the film, he tries to use the Goblin's glider to impale him. Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker/Spider-Man stops Holland's Spider-Man by holding back the glider. During the final battle toward the end of Spider-Man (2002), the Goblin tries to do a fatal sneak attack on Maguire's Spider-Man by impaling him with his glider. However, thanks to his Spidey Sense, Spider-Man jumps out of the way in time and the glider ends up impaling the Gobin, killing him in the process. In this film, Maguire's Spider-Man notably stopped the Goblin's glider from killing him.
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Jamie Foxx, who portrays Webb Max Dillon/Electro, and Jake Gyllenhaal, who portrays MCU/Watts Quentin Beck/Mysterio, co-starred in Jarhead (2005).
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J.K. Simmons, Thomas Haden Church and Rhys Ifans are all uncredited.
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Tobey Maguire, who portrays Raimi Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and Jake Gyllenhaal, who portrays MCU/Watts Quentin Beck/Mysterio, co-starred in Brothers (2009). Natalie Portman, who portrays MCU Dr. Jane Foster/Lady Thor, also starred in the film.
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The events of this film - and the introduction of the Multiverse - were largely set up by the Season 1 finale of Loki (2021).
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There was initially a hope that Charlie Cox would suit up as Daredevil but ultimately this was deemed to be narratively unnecessary.
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Marisa Tomei, who portrays May Parker, and Alfred Molina, who portrays Dr. Otto Octavius/Doc Ock, previously co-starred in The Perez Family (1995). Furthermore, Sally Field, who portrays May Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), co-starred with Molina in Not Without My Daughter (1991).
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Tom Holland's Peter Parker/Spider-Man saw both Max Dillon/Electro and Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard in their nude, human forms.
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The involvement of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield was first leaked an entire year before the film was released.
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