By Stephen Ippolito | January 24th, 2022
Well, it’s better to be late than never. A month after it arrived in theaters (December 17), official images of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in Spider-Man: No Way Home have finally been released. The stills were dropped by animation magazine before & afters, who also interviewed Sony Pictures Imageworks visual effects supervisor Chris Waegner.
As you can see, the now-famous shot of all three Spider-Men posing it up is one of the photos. During the interview, Waegner talked about the challenges of ensuring that the audience could differentiate each Spidey.
“Being able to identify each individual Spider-Man was very important to both director Jon Watts and VFX Supervisor Kelly Port. Early on it was quite challenging because their suits are pretty similar in tonal values and since our sequence takes place at night this only exacerbated their individual readability. It became pretty obvious once we started lighting shots what we had to do. We focused our efforts on really bringing forward each of the Spider-Mens physical personalities or their individual spider-style, if you will – how they swung, how they shoot webs, their physical proportions when they achieve an iconic pose. So our animation supervisor, Rich Smith, who has also worked on several Spider-Man films, had our animation team review the previous films. We studied clips of each actor and reviewed their individual spider-style from these films. We then layered in these signature performance characteristics so that each Spider-Man had their own unique style when seen next to each other.”
Personally, I’m shocked that Sony waited this long to let these out. After the first week or two of its release, I really thought that the studio would have gone full marketing mode with all three actors. I’m talking shots of them in TV spots, behind-the-scenes pictures, social media posts, everything. I even thought they would have done an interview with the three of them together. But nope, it never came. My guess is that after the monstrous opening it had at the box office the first weekend, it was shelved because it wasn’t needed and the studio could save money.
I’m sure though that we’re still getting that interview. Whether its when No Way Home is released digitally or years from now, I’m convinced it’s coming. Hopefully, it’s around the same time they release a poster with the three of them on it.