Spider-Man 3 is fast approaching, landing toward the end of this year. The threequel is officially titled Spider-Man: No Way Home, and while plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, there's plenty of theorizing out there to tide us over while we wait. Multiverse speculation suggests Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield could be back as their respective versions of the wall crawling hero, while Alfred Molina has confirmed he'll return as Doc Ock, and Jamie Foxx might be making a reappearance as Electro. Plus, new merchandise has confirmed Doctor Strange and Wong will be in the movie, which could blow the multiverse wide open.
We've rounded up everything there is to know about Spider-Man 3 so far, including who's confirmed to appear in the movie, and what we know about the rumored multiverse crossover. There might not be a trailer just yet, but there are some set photos and some officially released pictures to pore over instead. So, without futher ado, scroll on to check out all there is to know about the Marvel threequel.
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Spider-Man 3 release date
Spider-Man 3 was one of the many movies disrupted by the pandemic, and its release has jumped around a fair bit. Originally scheduled for July 16, 2021, it was delayed to November 5, then December 17, 2021, where it currently sits.
The good news is that – thanks to the ongoing vaccine rollout and filming having already wrapped on Spider-Man 3 (with a spoiler-free set-photo to celebrate) – that release date looks set to stay firmly in place. However, as with all these things, there could be hiccups along the way, so keep an eye on our movie release dates piece for any surprise changes.
Spider-Man 3 title
The official Spider-Man 3 title has been revealed – Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Before the confirmation, there were a handful of 'fake' titles were released to the public, including Spider-Man: Home Slice, Phone Home, and Home-Wrecker. The multiple titles even inspired a multiverse fan theory.
Then, the final reveal came in a video that plays on Tom Holland's notorious reputation for letting slip spoilers. Several 'scrapped' names were placed on a dry-erase board, including Spider-Man: Homeworlds and Spider-Man: Home Alone, and in the middle was the winner: Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Spider-Man 3 images
The first-look Spider-Man 3 images show Peter Parker, Ned, and MJ snooping around an unknown location that fans are theorizing could be a Doctor Strange location. A new Sanctum Sanctorum? And is that Ned's shadow or Stephen Strange? That's something to tide us over until the first trailer. Speaking of...
Spider-Man 3 trailer
Unfortunately, there's currently no Spider-Man 3 trailer – but we can have an educated guess as to when to expect its arrival. The first Far From Home trailer was unveiled at Brazil Comic-Con in December 2018, with the movie arriving six months later, in June 2019. There was a similar time-scale for the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer and its eventual release. Therefore, expect a Spider-Man 3 trailer to arrive June/July 2021, most likely to coincide with the release of Marvel’s Black Widow on July 9, 2021.
Spider-Man 3 cast
Tom Holland is back as Peter/Spidey – but he might not be the only web-slinger in Spider-Man 3. It has been reported that Andrew Garfield is back, reprising his role from The Amazing Spider-Man movies, while original on-screen Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire, remains in talks to return. And they won't be the only ones returning from those movies. Kirsten Dunst will reportedly return as Mary Jane (with a since-deleted IMDb listing suggesting she'll appear), along with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy (though Stone has denied she'll be back: "I have heard those rumors. I don't know if I'm supposed to say anything, but I'm not [involved]").
However, despite these reports, Tom Holland has denied that Maguire and Garfield will return. "No, no, they will not be appearing in this film," he said. "Unless [Marvel] has hidden the most massive piece of information from me, which I think is too big of a secret for them to keep from me. But as of yet, no. It’ll be a continuation of the Spider-Man movies that we’ve been making."
There does seem to be a multiverse in the works, though. Jamie Foxx has confirmed that he will portray Electro, returning as the character following The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The MCU version of the villain is expected to be a different incarnation of the character. Foxx announced the casting in a now-deleted Instagram post, captioned: "Tell Spidey let's run it back! Super excited to [be] part of the new marvel Spider-Man new installment… Can’t wait for y'all to check the new one. And I won't be blue in this one!! But a thousand percent badass!"
Alfred Molina is also reprising his role of Doctor Octopus – last seen in Spider-Man 2, when he went up against Maguire's version of the web-slinging hero. He's even confirmed his digitally de-aged return in a new interview. Then there's J.K. Simmons returning as J. Jonah Jameson, having already played an alternate version of the character in Far From Home.
"Well yeah, [I'll be back as Jameson] that’s the short answer," the actor told The Jess Cagle Show. "There is a future for J. Jonah Jameson after a several-year hiatus. He showed up very briefly for those who were wise enough to stay through the credits of Far From Home … There is one more J.J.J. appearance in the can, and from what I'm hearing there's a plan for yet another. So hopefully J.J.J. will continue now and forever."
Charlie Cox, who played Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the Netflix series, has also reportedly been spotted on the set.
How will this all be tied together? Benedict Cumberbatch will appear as Doctor Strange, replacing Iron Man as Peter's mentor (Benedict Wong will also be back as Wong, as revealed by some LEGO merchandise). We also know that Spider-Man 3 will link to Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, as confirmed by Kevin Feige. That Doctor Strange sequel will release in March 2022, after Spider-Man 3. Expect, then, Spider-Man's multiverse shenanigans to impact the wider MCU, and perhaps explain how Michael Keaton's Vulture will appear in the non-MCU movie, Morbius.
Speaking about the multiverse speculation, Kevin Feige told ComicBook.com: "I've read some things. I'm not sure I've read all thing. The fun thing about online speculation when it comes to our stuff is how sometimes it couldn't be more off the mark and sometimes it's shockingly close, and that's held true for the last few years. But saying which is which would take all the fun out of everything."
That's no confirmation either way. But what we know for sure is that we can expect some familiar faces from Homecoming and Far From Home in the Spider-Man 3 cast. Zendaya returns as MJ, Jacob Batalon as Peter's bestie Ned, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and – though not confirmed – Tony Revolori is expected to appear as Flash Thompson. J.B. Smoove has also confirmed that he'll be back for the threequel – the actor plays Mr. Dell, one of Peter's teachers. Phew. That's one big cast.
Spider-Man 3 plot
There's little actually official about the Spider-Man 3 plot. Yet, while details are scarce, some information has found its way to the internet, so we're starting to get an idea of what might be next for Peter Parker.
Tom Holland previously teased what's on the cards for Peter's love life: "As to the relationship between Peter and MJ, I’m not too sure what it will be." He also described the film as "absolutely insane," as well as "something very special" and "very different."
That's not all Holland has said of the film. He posted a picture to Instagram of him in full costume, captioned with: "Today was easily one of the highlights of my career. For those of you that were there, you know what I'm talking about and for those of you that weren't, you better buckle up!!!" He's also called the film "the most ambitious standalone superhero movie ever made," adding: "You sit down and you read the script and you see what they're trying to do, and they are succeeding. It's really impressive. I've never seen a standalone superhero movie quite like it."
Spider-Man 3 will be filming in two locations previously used for high school scenes in the first two movies. This has already raised some questions, as Peter's identity was exposed at the end of Far From Home and, if that wasn't enough, he was framed for Mysterio's murder. With all that in mind, it's not clear how Spidey will be returning to school – though it's always possible that these scenes won't include Peter, or could happen after those issues are cleared up. The school was apparently – and intriguingly – described by Ian Easterbrook, location manager for the movie, as "vital to the success of this next film." What that could mean is anyone's guess. Jacob Batalon has also shared some photos, seemingly all from the set of Spider-Man 3, which suggest that Peter will be back at school.
More set photos have revealed that the film will be set over the holiday period, and we also got a look at the potential fallout of Far From Home's post-credits scene, teasing an ongoing battle between Spidey and Mysterio in the court of public opinion. A possible Marvel's Spider-Man video game Easter egg has also been spotted, the appearance of F.E.A.S.T., which could link to Miles Morales or Mister Negative.
There's also plenty of speculation about the multiverse, and how that could factor into the threequel. Though Sony denied the rumors that Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire would be back as their respective versions of Spidey, casting Jamie Foxx as Electro, Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus, and including Doctor Strange ahead of his own sequel – titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – does suggest multiple universes will be coming into play. As does Molina telling Variety that his character appears just after his assumed 'demise' in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2.
Adding more fuel to the fire, Sony Pictures Motion Group president Sanford Panitch has also suggested the direction of Sony's super-verse would be clearer post-No Way Home. "There actually is a plan," he said. "I think now maybe it's getting a little more clear for people where we're headed and I think when No Way Home comes out, even more will be revealed." He added of the partnership with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Marvel: "We have a great relationship. There's lots of opportunities, I think, that are going to happen."
As for J. Jonah Jameson returning, another multiverse-related caveat is that Feige told Screen Rant: "It was one of the early ideas when we started working with Amy and Sony on the Spider-Man franchise and the kind of things we wanted to do. A younger high school-based Peter, taking him to places he hasn't been before, interacting with the other MCU characters. J. Jonah Jameson was one of them. He wasn't in either of the two Amazing [Spider-Man films], so we felt like we had to do that at some point."
He added: "It can be the same actor with that somewhat similar voice inflection, but with a totally different persona. That had never been done before. We really liked the idea that it's a new Jameson, he's not from another dimension or multiverse or something like that. It's a new Jameson in this world played by the same actor." Still, it's certainly an interesting link.
JK Simmons has also suggested this is an alternate version of Jameson, telling Den of Geek: "To have the opportunity to kind of do a reboot of the character, I was eager to hang on to the things I really loved about it and totally open to letting go of some of that, and realizing we are in a more updated version of that universe." He added: "Hopefully, we found the sweet spot there." As for the differences between the two Jamesons, Simmons commented, "Mostly just the hair, or the lack thereof."
There's another potential crossover on the horizon, too: one with Sony's Venom. Feige previously said: "[Spider-Man] also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold." Interestingly, the first trailer for Venom 2 featured a link to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.
Then there's Sony's upcoming Morbius movie apparently linking to the MCU, too, with star Jared Leto also commenting on the film being part of an "expanding universe" – so a crossover doesn't seem that far outside the realms of possibility. Tyrese Gibson, who will appear in the upcoming Sony movie Morbius, commented that the movie was in the MCU, specifically the same world as the Avengers – but Sony swiftly denied this was the case.
Along with all this, we've also gotten a look at some stunt work performed for the movie. Footage appeared to show Zendaya and Tom Holland – or their stunt doubles – swinging from a platform of some kind, with MJ apparently in the same outfit as she wore at the end of Far From Home. It's difficult to know for sure considering the distance, however. We've also got a glimpse at another web-slinging stunt, though this one gives away even less about the movie. Plus, Holland released a picture of him in costume on set, double-masked up.
Holland also shared in a video on his Instagram that he'd received the Spider-Man 3 script on an iPad – and pretty hilariously seemed to break the device while filming.
Spider-Man 3 Spidey suits
The best look yet at Peter's new, black and gold Spidey suit was revealed thanks to a Facebook post from Hot Toys. As well as upending the traditional red look, it also includes a new gauntlet, and "mystic spider-web effects." Those seem to come courtesy of Doctor Strange. Check out the new look below.
A bigger insight into the Black and Gold suit that will feature in #SpiderManNoWayHome. pic.twitter.com/tD8q6H8I0CJuly 14, 2021
LEGO merchandise also features the black suit, as well as a slightly modified costume from previous films. Plus, it's confirmation that Doctor Strange and Wong will appear in the movie – and Strange also features in more official merchandise .
🚨 👀 🚨“Spider-Man at the Sanctum Workshop”#SpiderManNoWayHome LEGO | https://t.co/31DeSWKoMq pic.twitter.com/ZbhqlqrXO1July 1, 2021