No Way Home reuses footage from old Spider-Man movies
Spider-Man: No Path Home released in theaters this month, and it ended up having the second-highest opening weekend at the box office after Avengers: Endgame. In addition to breaking box office records, Spider-Man: No Path Home became a huge hit with moviegoers. The film is currently on Rotten tomatoes with a review score of 94% after 334 reviews and an impressive 98% audience score after more than 25,000 reviews. One of the biggest draws of the movie Spidey is the return of several stars from the Spider-Man films directed by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Ahead of the film’s release, Alfred Molina (Doc Ock), Jamie Foxx (Electro) and Willem Dafoe (Green Goblin) have all been confirmed to return. One of the latest trailers for the movies also featured Sandman and The Lizard, and people wondered if that meant the return of Thomas Haden Church and Rhys Ifans. Although both men voiced their characters, they weren’t as heavily involved in the film as one might have thought. Warning: Spoilers ahead!
At the end of the film, when the three Spider-Men team up to help save the villains, Sandman and Lizard return to their human form. However, Church images were reused from Spider-man 3 and the track featuring Ifans was taken at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man. Neither Church nor Ifans were involved in the film’s press tour, but before the film’s release, Ifans teased his comeback by speaking with Murphy’s multiverse.
“Well you know like most Christmas presents the good thing is you don’t know what’s in them until it’s time to open them,” Ifans said with a smile.
In a recent interview with Discuss cinema, writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers have talked about balancing cameos.
“Very carefully,” Sommers replied when asked how they allocated the actors’ screen time. “Because, I mean, you want to give everyone their due, and just as a fan, you want to see these people as these characters and have fun with them. But at the end of the day, it’s a Spider-Man movie – you have to tell the Peter Parker story, and everything has to be in service of that. So there were a lot of painful decisions made, you know, we would have loved to do this and that and “Oh, that wouldn’t be great if these two baddies could do that!” But it has to be in the service of Peter’s journey, and you have to get things done. There were certainly a lot of what we call “little darlings” – little moments and things that you really love – but sometimes you have to let them go. “
Spider-Man: No Path Home is now playing in theaters.