Everything Tobey Maguire has said about another possible return to the MCU

After taking a 14-year hiatus from the role, Tobey Maguire returned as Spider-Man in No Way Home. But was that a one-time thing? Here's what the actor has to say.
"Spider-Man 2" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals
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Over the years, there have been multiple actors to take on the mantle of Spider-Man on the big screen. But the first swing across the New York skyline back when superhero movies weren't as popular as they are nowadays was Tobey Maguire. For many of us, his character was our childhood inspiration, and for others, he portrayed the best version of Peter Parker we've ever seen in any live-action project. His trilogy is regarded among the best ever made, with Spider-Man 2 elevating the franchise to a whole new level.

However, after the mixed reception of Spider-Man 3, Sony decided to move in a new direction and reboot the franchise. After that, we all assumed chances to see Tobey return to the role were next to none. It was a bitter farewell considering we didn't even know it would be his last swing as Spidey. Or at least that's what it seemed back then.

See, after the Marvel Cinematic Universe entered The Multiverse Saga, doors were opened for our childhood heroes to return to the big screen again. And wouldn't you know it, but that's exactly what happened.

No Way Home was a celebration of all three Spider-Man franchises we've seen on the big screen to date. Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland got together as different versions of Peter Parker to fight against five multiversal villains. Watching the movie for the first time felt like a dream come true. But now that the crossover has come and gone we have one question in our minds: Was Tobey's return a one-and-done deal? Or should fans hope to see him return to the MCU sooner rather than later? Well, here's everything the American actor has said so far about reprising his role as the friendly neighborhood hero.

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Tobey Maguire has expressed interest in playing Spider-Man again

While Tobey hasn't talked much about a potential return as Spider-Man in the MCU, he has said a few things that lift our hopes up. For example, he discussed what it was like returning to the role in an interview for Marvel's Spider-Man: No Way Home The Official Movie Special by Titan Books.

When asked what was it like when he was asked to play Spider-Man once again, the American actor jokingly replied with a "Finally!" and that he was open to the opportunity from the very beginning. After that, he also let us know he'd do it all over again if given the chance:

"I love these films and I love all of the different series. If these guys called me and said, “Would you show up tonight to hang out and goof around?” or “Would you show up to do this movie or read a scene or do a Spider-Man thing?”, it would be a “yes!” Because why wouldn’t I want to do that?"

Tobey Maguire

Besides, in an interview for the official Spider-Man YouTube channel, the American Actor said he didn't see No Way Home as a closure to his time as Spider-Man. That may be a hint that the future holds more of the first iteration of Peter Parker that we have yet to see.

"It was really about getting together with these people [...] Just to get back into that and... I do not want to say like “close the chapter” but revisit it [...] and just join in this, like, loving creative spirit."

Tobey Maguire

Finally, Tobey has also talked about how wearing the red and blue suit once again "reinvigorated" his interest in acting. That signals we could see him on the big screen sooner rather than later. And considering he said he'd definitely "do a Spider-Man thing" again, it's easy to see why fans are hopeful to see him swing between skyscrapers one more time.

"Working with Andrew and Tom was so dear to me, it really was special. A very rich experience all around. It kind of reinvigorated my interest in performing."

Tobey Maguire

While Tobey has given us very few hints about another potential comeback, he isn't the only actor from the original franchise to comment on the matter.

Thomas Haden Church
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Thomas Haden Church says Spider-Man 4 could happen

In an interview with Comicbook.com, Tomas Haden Chruch - who portrayed Sandman in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 - says there's a chance Tobey will have a fourth movie in his saga. As if that wasn't enough, he also mentioned Sam could be the one to direct as well. And if there's a need for Flint Marko to make an appearance in the movie, Thomas would be glad to return too.

"But, you know, I think Sam is gonna do another Spider-Man with Tobey, and that's the one that ... They had an option for me to do Spider-Man 4 when there was going to be a Spider-Man 4. They had an option on me to come back. So if it happens, that would be fantastic. I'm getting a little old."

Thomas Haden Church

Of course, Thomas' and Tobey's comments don't mean their return is officially in the works. Instead, they just signal their openness to return to these beloved roles. Now it's just a matter of waiting and seeing if Marvel makes the best out of this opportunity. But if recent rumors are to be believed, it appears that could be the case.

Rumors suggest Tobey will be back as Spider-Man on the MCU

Insider MyTimeToShineHello posted in X (formerly Twitter) that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will meet as two versions of Peter Parker on the big screen sooner than we can imagine. Is that a tease for Avengers 5 (formerly known as Kang Dynasty)? Or will this long-awaited reunion happen in Avengers: Secret Wars? Whatever the case, we can't wait for that to happen.

This rumor - coupled with Tobey Maguire's openness to returning to the role - paints a bright future for the first big-screen iteration of Spider-Man. Everything indicates it's just a matter of time before we see more of this beloved hero in theaters. And whenever that happens, we'll be there no matter what.

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