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The Spider-Man: No Way Home Theory That Has Fans Buzzing About The Spider-Verse

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get much bigger in "Spider-Man: No Way Home," as numerous villains from previous "Spider-Man" movies are set to show up in it and face off with Tom Holland's friendly neighborhood web-slinger. There's still no confirmation about whether Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will also be donning their respective Spider-Man suits and appearing in the MCU film, but fans are furious that they aren't in the latest "Spider-Man: No Way Home" trailer. Rumors have swirled for months about their alleged roles in the film, though, neither Marvel nor Sony have confirmed their involvement.

Despite that, many fans online seem to think the new "No Way Home" trailer edited the two heroes out of some scenes in order to keep their appearances secret, with some comic book readers even arguing that the trailer's dramatic ending is part of a bait-and-switch. In specific, when Zendaya's MJ falls from the Statue of Liberty and Tom Holland's Peter leaps down to save her, some fans think it'll actually be Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man who saves her.

It's a nice idea, but it's not the only theory regarding alternate versions of Spider-Man showing up in "No Way Home." In fact, one new idea, in particular, has Marvel fans buzzing about the possibilities of exploring the Spider-Verse on-screen.

Welcome to the Marvel Cinematic Spider-Verse?

In 2018, Sony delivered a stunning animated adventure with "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." The film sees Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) team up with a group of alternate versions of Spider-Man to stop Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) from accidentally destroying the multiverse. Taking that into account, it's undeniably interesting that just three years later, the multiverse is now a huge plot point for the MCU. It's almost as if the film was — as some fans believe — part of a test done by Sony to see if a live-action "Spider-Verse"-style film would work.

For what it's worth, it's clear that "Spider-Man: No Way Home" is diving headfirst into the multiverse because of all the previous "Spider-Man" movie villains who are showing up in it. However, a new theory on Reddit suggests that there may be more characters on the way. Redditor u/Gr33nman460 highlights a specific moment near the end of the second "No Way Home" trailer, when Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange says, "They're starting to come through, and I can't stop them." Building off that line, the Redditor wrote, "What if it isn't just Andrew and Tobey coming through? What if the majority of the movie is Sinister Six but the final battle is even more villains?"

It is always possible that other "Spider-Man" villains could make an appearance in "No Way Home," including Venom (Tom Hardy) and Morbius (Jared Leto). That said, u/Vadersblade responded to their fellow Redditor with an even bigger idea, writing, "I would 100% not be surprised to see more than 3 Spider-men show up. Most of us know Tobey and Andrew are in this." The user added, "When Nic Cage and Emma Stone show up IRL as Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Gwen, the theater is gonna blow."

For now, we'll have to wait until "Spider-Man: No Way Home" arrives in theaters on December 17 to find out just how many multiversal characters really are in it.