It would have been the crossover to end all crossovers. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (opens in new tab) was originally set to include a scene involving all three live-action Spideys: Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and the OG webhead, Tobey Maguire. Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have opened up for the first time on why their pitch was a swing and a miss.
“We pitched the Sony brass an ambitious tag involving Spider-Ham, Tobey, Andrew, and Tom,” Miller wrote on Twitter after being asked about what happened with the previously-confirmed Tom Holland cameo that also fell by the wayside.
'Tag' certainly makes us think an additional post-credits scene to the Spider-Man 2099 introduction was planned, but it wasn't to be. The reasoning behind the rejection? “They felt it was ‘too soon.’”
We pitched the Sony brass an ambitious tag involving Spider-Ham, Tobey, Andrew, and Tom. They felt it was “too soon”#SpiderVerse #QuarantineWatchParty https://t.co/E91H1eLysrMay 7, 2020
Coming from a franchise that featured three different actors playing Peter Parker in a decade, it’s interesting wording – but the optimist in us makes us hope and cross all our (webbed) fingers it could be a distinct possibility once enough time passes. Marvel and Sony’s reconciliation in 2019 (opens in new tab) over Spider-Man movie right – after Tom Holland has briefly left the MCU – could always pave the way for the trio sharing the screen one day.
The Tom Holland cameo, though, sounded further along than just a general pitch. Holland even outlined the exact scene he was supposed to be in (opens in new tab) during an interview with JOE (opens in new tab): “There was going to be another Peter Parker… There was like a scene in a train station or something, and it was going to be like an Easter egg. I was going to walk through the background or something, and say, like, 'Hey, kid,” Holland confirmed.
Who knows, maybe some of these ideas will be revisited in the unnamed Spider-Verse sequel, which is set to swing into theaters on October 7, 2022.
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