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With less than two weeks before Spidey comes swingin’ back into theaters, there’s just no unraveling the giant web of fan speculation over how many Spideys might appear alongside Tom Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Hopeful rumors have been swirling for months over the possibility that former web slingers Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield might show up in cameo roles in Sony’s shiny new spider flick. But if they are, the actors have been admirably loyal to all those non-disclosure agreements that’ve no doubt sworn everyone to secrecy.
Regardless of who does (or doesn’t) appear in full Spidey gear this month, Holland isn’t letting all the anticipation go to waste. Speaking recently with the Associated Press alongside costars Jacob Batalon (Ned) and Zendaya (MJ), Holland slid behind a silly poker face when asked (yet again) about the movie’s speculated Spider-Man reunion. Living up to his earlier boast that he won’t spoil anything because he’s now “a trustworthy member of the Avengers,” Holland played it super-casual.
“We're friends,” he joked of his two Spider-Man movie predecessors. “...We bumped into Tobey the other day at a restaurant. We are the only three people to have played this character on the big screen, so there is an affiliation between us. Does that make sense? You know the word I'm trying to say. There is a communal bond between us so when we see each other, it does feel like a long-lost brother.”
So far, so good — that doesn’t sound too wink, wink; nudge, nudge, does it? But, of course, Holland wasn’t quite done talking.
“I saw Andrew the other day at a party in L.A., and I gave him a big cuddle and it was very nice,” he teased. “I'd love to share the screen with them, one day. Unfortunately, I don't ever think we'll be able to wear the suits together — but it would be nice to make a film with them.”
Fans who’ve long been convinced that there’s more to the story than meets the eye likely won’t see Holland’s “bumped into” shrug-off as anything but an epic troll — no matter what they end up seeing on screen this month. Holland and Garfield have both been playing it coy and cool all year long, as fans pile new theories and optimistically-interpreted evidence on the mounting pile of speculation surrounding No Way Home.
Garfield gave maybe his best non-denial to date just last month, waving everything away with a wait-and-see response to a fan’s question during a GQ video interview. “We'll all find out when the movie comes out and we'll either be very disappointed,” he said, “or we'll be very happy, or someone will say, ‘I told you so.’”
With the actors striking such a perfectly noncommittal balance for so long, Holland could probably get away with saying “I told you so” no matter how many Spidey stars ultimately show up for Sony’s web-slinging party. Let the guessing continue until Dec. 17, when Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into theaters with all the answers.