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Despite the fact that Aaron Taylor-Johnson has already been cast to play Kraven the Hunter in an upcoming Sony project, Jimmy Kimmel is still holding out a shred of hope that he'll one day get the chance to play the classic Spider-Man villain on the big screen. Speaking with the core cast members of No Way Home Monday just ahead of the film's world premiere in Los Angeles, Kimmel tried to squeeze some eleventh hour answers out of the A-list actors.
In particular, the talk show host brought up the "Invisible Spider-Man" theory that cropped up around the Brazilian version of the second trailer, which showed the Lizard (it's unclear if Rhys Ifans is reprising the role here) being punched by an unseen force. Almost immediately, fans speculated that this was proof of another Peter Parker who had been digitally removed.
Naturally, the cast avoided the topic at all costs, joking that the scaly antagonist was simply being hit by debris or realizing that he needed to put on deodorant. "Then there was another version of this trailer in...I don't know what country, but let's look at this and see the differences here," said Kimmel in an innocent tone, setting up a highly doctored version of the same Brazilian clip that shows the Lizard being socked by the host himself in a homemade Kraven costume.
"How did that get out?!" asked Holland, feigning shock. "That was supposed to be a secret, Jimmy!"
"Please put me in this movie, for God's sake!" pleaded Kimmel.
The interview also included the premiere of a never-before-seen clip in which a very irate Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) instructs Peter Parker (Tom Holland), MJ (Zendaya), and Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) to "Scooby-Doo this s***" and track down a number of "multiversal trespassers." Those "trespassers" are villains from other Marvel realities like Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), and Electro (Jamie Foxx).
"This film ... is a celebration of three generations of cinema," Holland explained. "So to bring these characters back, to see them bring them back to life — embody these people they said goodbye to nearly 20 years before — was amazing. It was also interesting watching them try and figure it out. Alfred being like, 'Peter! ... No, that's not how I said it.' ... Peter! Oh, there it is!'"
Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into theaters everywhere this Friday, Dec. 17. Click here to see what critics are saying about the film (as of this writing the movie holds a score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes).