• Annie Banks

Sony Debunks Spider-Man 3 Casting Rumors

Despite the excitement swelling around the possibilities of past Peter Parkers Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield returning to team up with current Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, Sony Pictures stands their ground regarding the rumors.

Maguire was the first live-action webhead in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, followed by Garfield, who had a two-picture run with Sony's franchise. After Garfield's too-cool Spider-Man didn't strike success for the studio, Sony looked to Marvel Studios for help, making a deal to re-introduce the masked menace to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Holland stepped up to the plate as the world-famous wallcrawler during Captain America: Civil War.

Holland's take on the character has not only been featured in a number of Marvel films as a secondary character but has earned themself a trilogy of their own. The untitled third film has yet to enter preproduction, but the past few weeks have scattered plot clues, including the return of Jaime Foxx's 'Electro,' who was seen as an antagonist in Garfield's second film, and Benedict Cumberbatch's appearance as the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. Raimi will return to Marvel to work with Cumberbatch for the Doctor Strange sequel as a director.

Screenrant assists in clearing the air of circulating rumors that both Maguire and Garfield will join in on the fun to form their own live-action "Spider-Verse." Sony had said to ET Canada that "those rumored castings are not confirmed." Due to the vague nature of Sony Picture's statement, and the rarity that studios speak up on casting rumors, any further implication that we'll see past Spider-Men return is to be taken with doubt. Though not set in stone, it means that there is no confirmation of signing these actors to the film and that Sony has currently not signed Maguire nor Garfield onto Spider-Man 3.

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