In the early 2000s superhero films came into a new era with the release of Spider-Man, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire as the friendly neighborhood web-slinger. Maguire’s portrayal of the iconic Marvel character not only redefined the superhero genre but also set the current standard for future superhero films to come.
Maguire reprised this role in 2021’s No Way Home fourteen years after Spider-Man 3. The anticipation of the potential return of himself & Andrew Garfield alongside Tom Holland’s current take on the iconic role was intense. Leading to a very stressful press tour for Tom Holland who had to repeatedly deny the rumours on talk shows & interviews. When released audiences flocked in huge numbers to see them unite and Spider-Man No Way Home took an astonishing $1.916 billion at the world wide box office.
Marvel have released a book The Spider-Man: No Way Home – The Art of the Movie and within its pages Maguire speaks candidly about his time on the movie.
“When they called initially I was like…Finally! I just feel grateful I was really open, immediately, about coming to do this. Not without nerves! But to get to show up with talented, creative people and play together it’s just a yes. There was such an open-heartedness to coming together and embracing each other and supporting each other that was really beautiful.”
He described his time working alongside his fellow spider men as a “brotherhood” and that he felt it “reinvigorated” his interest in performing.
“Working with Andrew and Tom was so dear to me, it really was special, a very rich experience for me, all around. It kind of reinvigorated my interest in performing. It felt like a real brotherhood, which was what we were aiming for, too, for us and for the characters. But then to have those dynamics play out, feeling a real connection and love for these guys, and having fun and having a laugh all of that was energizing and reinvigorating for me.”
Maguire also speaks on his former co-stars that also returned saying that it was “amazing” to be working with Alfred Molina and Willem Dafoe again and that he adores them.
“It was amazing to work again with Alfred and Willem. I just adore those guys and respect them as the great talents that they are and also just as lovely humans. It was a blast it was like a reunion.”
Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man has had a significant impact on superhero cinema and pop culture as we know it today. Its massive box office success paved the way for a new wave of superhero films. It was a guinea pig for large studios, it encouraged and inspired other studios to explore superhero properties, giving rise to the golden age of superhero cinema we witness today.