Warning: This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
A new piece of Spider-Man: No Way Home art imagines Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man bonding with the Venom symbiote. Director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: No Way Home spectacularly concluded his Homecoming trilogy, capitalizing on nostalgia by bringing back characters from Sony’s past. The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s adventure hit theaters on December 17 and broke box office records thanks in large part to its multiverse theory.
In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) spell gone awry, bringing villains who know Peter Parker is Spider-Man into the MCU, including Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Electro (Jamie Foxx), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), and Lizard (Rhys Ifans). Of course, the spell also brought in some others familiar with Spider-Man’s secret identity, such as Andrew Garfield and Maguire’s Spider-Men, and and Eddie Brock/Venom (Tom Hardy). Venom 2 had already teased the latter MCU debut in Let There Be Carnage‘s post-credits scene, which was also directed by Watts.
Artist Venomhology on Instagram recently shared some art inspired by both Maguire and Hardy’s appearances in Spider-Man: No Way Home. The piece sees Maguire’s Spider-Man bond with the Venom symbiote during the film’s final battle. The impressive image effectively captures the transformation just before it engulfs Maguire completely, and the post’s caption asks fans whether they believe Venom should have appeared in the MCU movie. Check it out below:
Maguire’s character famously bonded with a different version of Venom in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 in 2007, which is arguably why Hardy’s character was able to briefly make the move to the MCU. Venom knew Peter Parker was Spider-Man because of the “hive mind,” which has knowledge of other universes. So, if Venom knows Spider-Man’s secret identity in the Raimi universe, he knows it in all other universes, too. Regardless, Maguire never has a symbiotic reunion in Spider-Man: No Way Home, as Brock/Venom are hilariously transported back to their universe in yet another credits scene before ever leaving the hotel bar.
Spider-Man: No Way Home writers Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna have talked about throwing the “kitchen sink” at their original draft, including as many legacy characters as possible. At one point, they even considered having Venom in the final battle, which would’ve rounded out the Sinister Six. Supposedly, there was an idea to have Maguire bond with the Venom symbiote after being stabbed by the Green Goblin, effectively saving his life. Instead, Maguire simply says “I’ve been stabbed before.” Hardy’s symbiote character has yet to meet a webslinger and is now back in Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters. Fortunately, evidence suggest Garfield’s Spider-Man exists in that same universe, and may be appearing in future films.
A new piece of Spider-Man: No Way Home fan art imagines Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man bonding with the Tom Hardy’s Venom symbiote.Read MoreScreenRant – Feed