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Into the Spider-Verse director says they thought about casting Tobey Maguire as older Peter Parker

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Dec 5, 2018, 2:20 PM EST

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will offer a very meta take on the iconic webslinger, but the production could have taken things over the top with a self-aware bit of casting.

According to co-director Rodney Rothman, they toyed around with the idea of hiring Tobey Maguire (star of Sam Raimi's three Spider-Man films) to voice the older version of Peter Parker that becomes a mentor to young Miles Morales (Shameik Moore).

Right?! We're geeking out just at the thought of it, too!

"There were many thoughts about where we could put Tobey Maguire and others," he told ScreenCrush. "I think after this film, those thoughts might have a little more traction. But before this movie, and introducing the idea of the Spider-Verse to the audience, I think everybody was afraid that it would just really confuse people. But wow, it would have been fun."

Jake Johnson was eventually cast as older Peter, but just imagine how awesome it would've been if they'd gotten Maguire, the actor that kicked off the Spidey craze of the 21st Century. Nevertheless, he still could join the Spider-Verse, as Sony is already actively working on a sequel and an all-female spinoff. Having him, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland appear (even if they're just short cameos), would make our lives complete. 

Rothman (a writer of 22 Jump Street) directed the upcoming animated movie with Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians) and Bob Persichetti (head of story for Puss in Boots). The script was written by Rothman and executive producer Phil Lord, who also came up with the story. His usual directing/producing partner, Chris Miller, is executive producing as well. 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse builds a web in theaters Dec. 14.